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Bitter: The Up-And-Coming New Flavor In America

Written by: Caroline MacDougall

It’s been sneaking up on American taste buds for some years now. Bitter was the flavor that used to be so anathema to Americans, food manufacturers would do everything they could to bury it with sweetness or saltiness.

Bitter: The Up-And-Coming New Flavor in America TeeccinoBut guess what? Americans are breaking up with overpowering sweetness. They are moving away from overly salty snacks. Americans want something exciting and strong to wake up their taste buds with a flavor explosion, and that new flavor is bitter!

It turns out, bitter flavors are really good for your digestion and thus your health. You can retrain your taste buds to enjoy them too. Let’s look at the health reasons and easy ways to jump onto the bitter taste love train! Read More

Are GMOs Toxic?

Written by: Caroline MacDougall

This month I took my 91 year old mother to visit a cousin we hadn’t seen for 40 years. Wow – the last time I saw her I had just started my first job at Celestial Seasonings and I was traveling the West coast in a Volkswagen bus gaily painted with thunderbolts striking teacups and roosters crowing at dawn. It was way before anyone ever thought about Genetically Modified Organisms, but that’s all I could think about on my way to her home in rural Illinois!

Teeccino Are GMO's Toxic?Naïve Californian that I am, I can’t express my amazement at how massive the acreage is of GMO corn and GMO soybeans in this country’s “bread basket”. Talk about mono-cropping and destroying nature’s diversity! Miles and miles whizzed by and all the eye could see was row upon row of GMO plants grown for … yes … animal feed and high fructose corn syrup!

Now there’s a new study that that reveals that the known carcinogen, formaldehyde, builds up in GMO soybeans. Plus it shows a massive decrease in GMO soy’s glutathione, the antioxidant responsible for keeping our cells detoxified. Yikes!

Did you know that the US Congress passed the DARK act just a few weeks ago? Dubbed the “Deny Americans The Right To Know” Act, it will prevent states from requiring labeling of GMOs. Now the fight for our right to know what’s in our food has shifted to the Senate and I encourage all of you to write your senators to vote against it! Read More

Dandelion Draft On The Heels Of Nitro Coffee!

Written by: Caroline MacDougall

GalensDraft copyIf you’ve visited Teeccino’s Facebook page lately, you’ll have seen photos of our newest creation: Dandelion Draft. Whoa..what are they up to over there in Teeccino land? We’ve been giving sneak previews to some friends and strangers alike of our answer to the latest coffee craze: Nitro Coffee. You may not have heard of that either since Nitro Coffee is just being introduced in a few pockets around the country, but Santa Barbara happens to be one of them. So we thought, why not nitro Teeccino?

OMG! I wish I could send you a pint right through this email because you can’t believe how delicious nitrogenated Teeccino can be! But first let me back up and tell you all about nitrogenation and why it makes Teeccino taste so unbelievably delicious, creamy and refreshing!

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My First Mother’s Day as A New Mom…and a Teeccino Ambassador!

Written by: Ashley Vincenti


Baby and I in those first amazing weeks together!

Hi, I’m Ashley and I’ve been working for Teeccino since 2009. I’ve always wanted to be a mom, but after a number of years trying without success and watching my biological clock tick ever closer to my 40’s, I decided to quit working full time and undergo fertility treatment. Of course, I was already caffeine-free because you can’t work at Teeccino without learning about all the ways coffee affects your health. I had read about the negative effects of caffeine on fertility, and I didn’t want anything to affect my baby, or cause me more anxiety than I was already experiencing. Doing customer service teaches you a lot – so many stories pour in! I’d like to share how being a Teeccino drinker not only helped me stay calm during all the fertility procedures, but is also really helping me now that I’m a new mom!

Because of the difficulty I have had getting and staying pregnant, I have consumed zero caffeine, not even iced tea – since long before my fertility treatments. However, it really wasn’t until last fall when I had my baby, that I truly understood and appreciated the natural energy boost that Teeccino provides. As a longtime Teeccino employee, I knew that pinitol in carob makes our cells less insulin resistant so they can take in energy from our blood. I also knew about the bio-available liquid potassium in every cup that boosts our energy supply as it balances the sodium in our cells…but it just didn’t hit home completely for me until as a new mom, I started to drink Teeccino daily, even a few times a day, with no other stimulants of any kind.  Read More

Sleep, Deep Restorative Sleep!

Written by: Caroline MacDougall

It starts with having babies. Somewhere in those years of waking up at random hours at night and early mornings when you can’t believe your wee one wants to play or nurse, a pattern of caffeine-exhaustion-706448XSmallsleep deprivation sets in. Our sleep gets disrupted and never returns to normal even after our kids sleep through the night. In your mid ‘40’s, you start to wake up in the middle of the night for no good reason at all and can’t fall back to sleep. Then comes fewer hours of sleep as we hit our 60’s and we wonder, why can’t we sleep those nice 8 hours that we got when we were younger?

You know you’ve had a good night’s sleep when you wake up feeling like your sleep has been deep. The brain feels refreshed. There’s a quality of sleep that nothing beats. How to achieve it? I’ve struggled with this pattern of less and less restorative sleep over the years even though I’m caffeine free and take melatonin to prolong the number of hours I sleep. Now I’ve discovered something that promotes really deep, restful sleep and I’d like to share it with you! Read More

Annette’s New Clients go No-Caf!

Written by: Ashley Vincenti

Annette Hottenstein, Registered/Licensed Dietician

Annette Hottenstein, MS, RD, LDN…Ambassador!

We are fortunate to have a number of health professionals in our Teeccino Ambassador program, and we recently received another great report from Annette Hottenstein, MS, RD, LDN, a Teeccino Ambassador and registered dietician who sees 3 – 5 clients a week in her new private practice, Sensational Sustenance. Annette is a food scientist and licensed dietician who works in corporate wellness and is now enjoying offering private counseling – and Teeccino herbal coffee samples – to her clientele! She told us:

“I gave out some Teeccino brochures and Tee-bag samples in several nutrition counseling sessions this week. They were well received! I work in corporate wellness and many of my patients perform shift work and rely heavily on caffeine.” Annette also said, “Teeccino has been a lifesaver for me!!!!  It’s the first time I’ve been able to successfully get off of caffeine and my fifteen-year battle with chronic insomnia has ended. I have started my own counseling office (until now, I focused on corporate wellness). I just helped a client yesterday with Teeccino!” Read More

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