Maybe my Valentine's Day resolution will be to stop being such a flippin' know-it-all.
Caffeine is caffeine is caffeine. It's going to enter bloodstreams and tissues and what not at the same rate no matter if it came from tea, coffee, yerba maté, guarana, or chocolate.
However, I think that the basic effects described on the Zarafina site--the crash from coffee and the 'prolonged' effects from tea do have some merit. Tea's L-theanine will certainly help counterbalance the caffeine jitters and allow you to have that energized calm, for lack of a better description. However, I think the prime difference is in the initial amounts of caffeine. Like, if you were throwing a party and 40 people showed all at once, ate all your food, then all left...you'd be all dazed and confused. But if five people showed up and nibbled around and mingled with a calmer set, then five more showed up (another cup), etc, then they started leaving in dribs and drabs, you wouldn't notice as much and you'd be a happier host.
Of course, I have no clue as to what the actual chemistry is...that's just my best guess.
Last edited by Mary R
on Feb 4th, '08, 14:52, edited 1 time in total.