So you’ve heard of Calea Zacatechichi, aka The Dream Herb, and you’re ready to brew the perfect cup of Calea Z tea for yourself. Enticed by the prospect of vivid and meaningful dreams you take a large gulp of tea and…
… your face scrunches up in disgust as the inside of your mouth gets attacked by a bitter sting.
If this was your experience with Calea Zacatechichi tea, I’m right there with you, Dreamer.
Two Types of Calea Z
It seems that there are actually two varieties of the Calea Zacatechichi – one is bitter, the other is not.
I’ve been blissfully drinking the non-bitter variety, wondering what all the fuss is about. That is, until last week when I received my first package of bitter Calea Z.
Imagine my surprise when I took a big swig of tea… well, you’ll have to watch the video to see my reaction
My Calea Z Experiment
Saddened by my discovery that I now have two giant bags of bitter Calea Z on my hands, I set out to see if I could figure out what makes one cup of Calea Z bitter and another not.
Of course, this isn’t a very scientific experiment and the results are by no means conclusive.
To clarify – In the video I’m attempting to find out if there are factors within my control that can 1) make the tea not bitter, or 2) make it less bitter.
“It tastes like grapefruit”
Ideally, you’ll get the non-bitter variety of Calea Z… but if you happen to get the bitter kind, my experience can help you enjoy it.
After making the video, I did finish a cup of the tea I made. The bitterness still came through, and I realized it tastes like grapefruit. It was much easier to drink when I pictured myself drinking a refreshing glass of grapefruit juice.
It’s your turn, Dreamer
As always, I’d love to hear from you. What are your experiences preparing and drinking Calea Z tea? What are your secrets for making the perfect cup of Calea Z tea, even if it’s bitter? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below.