When herbal tea was introduced to the American market in the early 1970’s, tea drinkers complained that herbal tea wasn't really tea at all since it doesn’t contain Camellia sinensis, the caffeine-containing plant known as “tea” from which we get black tea, green tea, oolong tea, and white tea. Tea connoisseurs still think that herbal tea should be called an infusion or like the French and Italians call it, a “tisane”. But Americans are more practical. If it brews and looks like tea, but it's caffeine-free and made from herbs, it's simply called herbal tea.
When the 1990's came along and coffee bars were being opened everywhere, Caroline was inspired to create Teeccino, a new herbal beverage that brews, looks and tastes like coffee although it's made from naturally caffeine-free herbs. In the beginning, she called Teeccino an “herbal espresso” because she began brewing it in an espresso machine, but finally, it dawned on her that everyone wanted to brew Teeccino whichever way they preferred to brew coffee. Of course, she realized, Teeccino is herbal coffee! It was one of those things that after you say it, it's so obvious, you wonder what took you so long.
Both tea and coffee contain caffeine, a drug that triggers the body’s stress response called the “flight or fight” syndrome. Too much caffeine can aggravate stress and many other health conditions whose symptoms are made worse from caffeine consumption. Herbal beverages offer a wide variety of healthful properties without any caffeine so they can be drunk any time of the day and as much as you like!
Herbal teas and herbal coffees contain herbs that have been consumed over many millennia for their healthful and medicinal properties. Herbal teas and herbal coffees are made from herbs that are safe to drink on a daily basis. Rest assured that pharmaceutical herbs that shouldn’t be consumed regularly are not used in herbal beverages or wellness teas.
We hope you enjoy the many herbal beverages Caroline has developed for your tasting pleasure and to improve your health.