Boiling a few grams of Calea Zacatechichi doesn’t leave you with the bestest tasting tea. In fact, it’s pretty nasty. I found the following quotes in the Erowid archives expressing this point, saying:
“The tea is down right disgusting even when mixed with camomille, california poppy, and honey”
” How bad can boiled leaves possibly taste? So bad you’d want to chuck everything you’d just bought into the trash…”
“I drank the tea slowly, it was really bad-tasting and I almost had to throw up.”
“There is nothing in the world that tastes worse than this. It engulfed my entire mouth with bitterness, and made me want to vomit for a good 10 minutes.”
What are some methods of improving the taste of Calea Z tea?
I don’t have much but here’s what I’ve discovered so far!
1) Boil additional bags of OTHER teas when making Calea Z tea. The idea here is to cover up the taste with another taste!
If you find that a certain tea works especially well, please share this with everyone in the comments section below.
2) Drinking it HOT as opposed to COLD is supposed to be better.
3) Adding other liquids and sweeteners to the tea is the most common and successful method of improving the taste.
This includes the follow:
milk, soy milk, agave nectar, honey, sugar, juice.
As you can see, this list is not that extensive. Please contribute your own thoughts on the taste of Calea Z tea and how you made it taste better!
”I think if the Chantal indians knew
what capsules were, they wouldn’t have
been drinking that awful tea.”