Since scorning caffeine late last week, kind of on a whim, I have sadly not visited Starbucks once. I have been to Caribou several times and gotten tea, and have been to the new Tea Garden in the Skyway most workdays (they have a punch card, you know). I’m totally loving their Chai, and it comes in lots of flavors (though I admit to only having tried a few), including decaf Vanilla. That’s what I’ve ordered the last several days, and they can never seem to rememer the decaf part. I’m not sure what’s wrong. It’s the only Chai available in decaf. I clear say it and the cashier says it back to me, clarifying, but then somehow it gets lost in translation to the “barista” (what is it that tea shops call their drink makers?).
Now, I’m not actually at the caffeine-free stage yet (goodness, I’m cranky and lethargic enough as it is), but it would definitely help as I cut back the caffeine if, when I order decaf, I actually get decaf. I’m just sayin’. I know that tea has less caffeine than coffee, so I’m still making net progress, just not as much as I’d like to be.
Needless to say, work is even less fun without caffeine. Apparently during the withdrawal process one gets cranky and lethargic (this in addition to mind-splitting headaches that I’ve mostly managed to avoid via medication), and it takes a few weeks. But, it takes a few months for one to actually feel more energized than they used to. Talk about a slow return on investment.