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The caffeine-free diaries. Week 1: the rise and fall

11 Jan

January is the month of the year in which everybody seems to be detoxing. At Lahloo we wanted a gentle approach, so this month is all about Herbal Therapy, a celebration of our herbal infusions (we’re offering 20% off all tisanes throughout the month!). Like many of you, we’ve turned to fresh fruit, lots of homemade vegetable and lean meat dishes, yoga and a relaxed attitude… and we’ve decided to go caffeine-free for a month!

As you probably would imagine, we’re all used to our morning matcha, a comforting cup of  black or a galvanising green hit to inspire us mid-afternoon. We normally save our herbals for the evening or as a bedtime ritual. But this month we want to give them a central place. Herbs are powerful, and each one has a different effect, so we’ll be exploring and discovering the adequate infusion for each moment. We’ll miss the flavour of our favourite teas, that’s for sure, but we believe we can make it through the month without having any caffeine!

Lahloo Sobacha

A vit B-rich combo: Sobacha and Marmite on toast!

Here’s the account of our first caffeine-free week!

Day 1. Monday. 

Feeling optimistic, maybe even a bit high.  Also getting competitive. At the end of the day, we feel virtuous and proud. But it’s only day 1.

Day 2. Tuesday. 

All feeling a bit sleepy in the morning, but nothing too dramatic. Sobacha (roasted buckwheat tea) going down a storm! Protein, minerals, mood-enhancing vitamin B… so much goodness!  Twitter friends warn us of nasty caffeine withdrawal symptoms. We’re still optimistic, as our usual caffeine intake comes from great quality tea, and we have to take the amino acid theanine (which has a soothing effect) into consideration!

Day 3. Wednesday. 

Midweek, and the afternoon is a critical point. After lunch, Hannah and Maria talk about how nice it’d be to eat a whole Amelia Rope chocolate bar. They both miss too much their usual pot of green tea! Meanwhile, Tidus is on a data entry mission… with no Bristol Brew! Kate: “I miss my morning matcha and my afternoon green tea! Not for the buzz but cos I love the flavour. I haven’t felt any rubbish side-effects or missed the caffeine for energy but have a couple of spots!”.

Day 4. Thursday.

It’s a cold day, so Kate has Sobacha and porridge for breakfast (internal central heating!). Maria and Hannah have a quick meeting in which they don’t drink any green tea, but a pot of soothing Rosebud. It’s a nice change, actually – its aromatherapeutical properties are noticeable, the scent and the flavour are as calming as a few minutes of meditation! Maria admits she’s having Genmaicha withdrawals. Hannah doesn’t know if she can live without Matcha (not even for a month).

Day 5. Friday.

Working from home and typing up the post you’re reading, Maria enjoys some Marmite on toast and a pot of Sobacha for elevenses…But just before she hits the Publish button, Twitter delivers the news…. Major caffeine crisis at the office! 


What? Treason!

And a minute later… uh - oh

Who was the first to fall? Will we give up after the first crisis?  Answer next week!

If you’ve gone caffeine-free, leave us a comment telling us about your experience! 


Win a Sweaty Betty gift voucher and a Lahloo Herbal Therapy set

9 Jan

Sweaty Betty’s new collection motto ‘Fit is the new it’ is the perfect match to our Herbal Therapy month! Sweaty Betty Bristol has offered us a £40 gift voucher to give to one of you Lahloo friends. With over 30 stores nationwide and the aim to inspire women to find empowerment through fitness, Sweaty Betty provides stylish yet performance-lead activewear for women who live an active lifestyle. Sweaty Betty Bristol members also enjoy free weekly clubs: Metabolic Conditioning workout on Mondays, Intermediate run on Tuesdays and Yoga on Wednesdays! (For more info you can e-mail BristolShop@sweatybetty.com).


Sweaty Betty’s new collection’s motto ‘Fit is the new it’ is the perfect match to our Herbal Therapy month!

The winner of the competition will also receive a special Lahloo Herbal Therapy gift box, including our caffeine-free infusions Rosebud, Mulberry, Sobacha, Peppermint and Golden Rooibos.

To enter the competition, you just have to answer the following question in the form below and submit it: what do you do to stay fit? 


Terms and conditions

1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, 18 years or over, with the exception of employees of Lahloo Tea and Sweaty Betty and their families or partners.

2. All entries must be received by midnight on Sunday the 3th of February 2013.

3. Only one entry per person. The winner will be drawn at random from all entries received by the closing date.

4. By entering this competition you agree to have your name released as the winner. The winner will be contacted through e-mail or telephone after the 4th of February.

5. If the prize winner fails to respond to correspondence from Lahloo Tea or to claim his/her prize within 72 hours of receipt of notification, Lahloo Tea shall be entitled to select an alternative prize winner. The prize winner who has not responded won’t be entitled to a prize.

6. Prize is non transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

7. Lahloo Tea reserves the right to record the entrants’s e-mail addresses for promotional purposes and to share these with Sweaty Betty.

Buckwheat hummus with cumin flatbread

8 Jan

Once you try it, it’s hard not to become slightly obsessed with Sobacha, our caffeine-free roasted buckwheat tea. Nutty and moreish, it contains a healthy dose of vitamin B which makes it an uplifting cuppa, especially good during the winter months. Unlike what one might expect, buckwheat is not related to wheat. It’s a gluten-free grain that is generally used to make noodles (soba noodles!) and a delicious porridge. But it’s also very versatile! For this recipe, we’ve added Sobacha to a traditional hummus recipe for a surprisingly nutty twist. Serve with strips of delicious homemade cumin flatbread.

Sobacha hummus

For the hummus:


  • 400g drained chickpeas
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 medium cloves of garlic
  • 120ml tahini
  • 4 tbsps olive oil
  • pinch of cumin seeds
  • 3 heaped tbsp Lahloo Sobacha + extra for sprinkling
  • chopped parsley to garnish

Soak the chickpeas overnight then boil until soft. Drain. Save a few to garnish. (You can use tinned chickpeas if you’re in a hurry!)
Place the chickpeas in a blender with lemon juice, garlic, tahini, olive oil, Sobacha and cumin seeds. Blend until smooth, adding up to 200ml of water to create a smooth consistency. Garnish the hummus with more Sobacha and leftover chickpeas, sprinkling chopped parsley and a dash of olive oil over the top.


For the flatbread:


  • 110g strong bread flour
  • 3g dried yeast
  • 1/5 tsp sugar
  • 10ml olive oil
  • 60ml water
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • cumin seeds to sprinkle

Use a dough hook and bring together the ingredients. Cover and allow to rise for 1h. 15 minutes before you start shaping the bread, preheat the oven at 180C.
Shape the dough into 3 small balls, sprinkle with cumin seeds and bake for 15-20 mins.

15 simple feelgood tips from the Lahloo team

8 Jan

The Lahloo team has gathered to compile a list of simple feelgood tips that will help you start 2013 feeling calm and energised. For more inspiration, you can also check our Herbal Therapy Pinterest board!


This is our mantra for the New Year! You can print it out if you wish.


1. Start the day with half a cup of hot water and a squeeze of lemon. It’s an easy way to alkalise your body and to clear toxines.  And you’ll get some vitamin C too!

2. Do some cat stretches first things in the morning.

3. Add a tbsp matcha to a green breakfast smoothie.

4. At the end of your shower, turn the water to cold for a few seconds. You’ll feel brave and awake, and it will improve your circulation.

5. If you can, take a walk to work!

6. Try a simple shiatsu massage to feel energised. Apply some pressure in between your thumb and index finger. Breathe.

7. Always carry healthy snacks. Fruit segments, toasted almonds, oatcakes, hummus and carrots, a banana or a boiled egg are perfect.

8. Make a potassium-rich vegetable soup from scratch tonight. Add some chickpeas for extra protein.


9. Do a good deed! Help someone today. Helping people makes us feel good too.

10. Save at least ten minutes each day to do something creative. Drawing, writing, knitting, cooking, taking photographs, making music or whatever you like.

11. Learn something new.

12. Grow your own herbs and add them to your favourite dishes.

13. Do a screen detox! Half an hour before you go to bed, turn off all electrical implements (yes, your mobile phone too!). Grab a book and a cup of tea and relax.

14. If you feel agitated and restless, breathe (and play some Tibetan singing bowls music. It will help!)

15. Remember to say ‘thank you’.

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