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Let’s Talk About Caffeine

We get a lot of questions around here about L-theanine, the key amino acid component in green tea that gives our apéritifs their calming effect. Chief among them is this: does L-theanine contain caffeine? And if so, is it going to keep me up at night?

The short answer is that our apéritifs contain very, very trace amounts of naturally occurring caffeine. The amount is so minimal that you’re not going to feel the effects in the same way you would from, say, a morning matcha or an afternoon Americano. Instead, at this small of a caffeine dosage, L-theanine actually has the opposite effect of a cup of coffee; it helps you relax and unwind, while still staying fresh and focused. Basically, it’s not going to make you tired or wired–just a calmer, more mellowed out version of yourself.

That’s because L-theanine is known to enhance cognition, allowing you to both settle and sharpen your mind. And it works well with our other adaptogens like maca, reishi mushroom, and ashwagandha, blending together to give your body and brain the boost they need.

All of those feel-good botanicals make De Soi perfect for happy hour, any hour. Crack open a can of Golden Hour when you need a little midday pick-me-up. Sip on Champignon Dreams alongside dinner with friends. Pour out some Purple Lune before bed as a nightcap. No buzz, no problem.

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