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Red Rose Tea

April 7, 2014 - Mike Donahey

Some days I feel like I have enough caffeine in my body for two people.

Too much coffee is the culprit.

Alas, it is the only vice I have left.

(In lieu of coffee, I have yet to try Red Bull or similar brands, and more often than not, shy away from colas for a variety of reasons).

I've found Red Rose decaffeinated tea a good alternative to coffee.

It is a hearty tea, and especially good with a thick slice of lemon and several drops of Iowa honey.

And I emphasize Iowa honey — there is something special about its golden color, and mild sweetness.

A favorite is Schmidt's Honey Farm brand from State Center and like Red Rose Tea, is available at local grocers.

Back to tea, one can tell I am serious — I keep several bags of Red Rose in my desk to brew in the afternoon versus my usual cup of Joe.

(Dropping my afternoon coffee has been a tough habit to break — and it is impossible sometimes to turn down a fresh cup of Caribou, Seattle's Best or Starbucks).

I especially like Red Rose after supper, while my better half and I watch recorded programs like "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and "Late Night with Seth Myers" among others.

The laughter generated from Fallon's and Myers' monologues plus Red Rose must be good digestion.

I learned Red Rose is headquartered in Little Falls, N.Y. and they buy their tea from all over the world.

For more information, visit their website at



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