As a sommelier and brewer, I have had the opportunity to explore and taste a wide variety of beverages. One popular drink that has gained quite a following is the Medicine Ball, also known as the Cold Buster or Honey Citrus Mint Tea. This comforting and soothing beverage is made with a blend of hot water, steamed lemonade, Teavana Jade Citrus Mint tea bags, and Teavana Peach Tranquility tea bags. It is often recommended as a remedy for cold and flu symptoms.
Now, let's address the question at hand – does the Medicine Ball contain caffeine? The answer is yes, but in a relatively small amount. The primary source of caffeine in this drink comes from the Teavana Jade Citrus Mint tea bags, which are made with a blend of green tea, spearmint leaves, lemon verbena, and lemongrass. Green tea naturally contains caffeine, although the exact amount can vary depending on factors such as the brewing time and temperature.
To provide some context, a grande-sized Medicine Ball at Starbucks contains approximately 16 mg of caffeine. This is significantly lower compared to a grande-sized black coffee, which typically ranges from 260-360 mg of caffeine, depending on the roast. Therefore, if you're looking for a caffeine boost, the Medicine Ball might not be the best choice.
However, it's important to note that the Medicine Ball is not primarily consumed for its caffeine content. Instead, it is sought after for its comforting and therapeutic qualities. People often turn to this drink when they are feeling under the weather or in need of a warm and soothing beverage. The combination of hot water, steamed lemonade, and herbal teas creates a delightful aroma and flavor profile that can help alleviate symptoms of congestion and provide a sense of relaxation.
In my personal experience, I have found the Medicine Ball to be a comforting and enjoyable drink, especially during colder months or when I'm feeling a bit under the weather. The subtle notes of mint, citrus, and peach blend together harmoniously, creating a soothing and refreshing taste. The warmth of the drink coupled with the aromatic steam rising from the cup can be incredibly comforting and therapeutic.
While the Medicine Ball does contain a small amount of caffeine due to the green tea component, it is not a significant source of caffeine. The focus of this beverage is more on its therapeutic qualities and comforting flavors rather than providing an energy boost. If you're looking for a caffeine-free option, herbal teas or caffeine-free beverages may be more suitable.