The Caffeine Herbs

Coffee is likely our country’s most favorite herb, even if people consider their morning brew to be in a completely different category from other herbal infusions – and much of that popularity is due to the buoyancy and buzz its caffeine content provides. Coffee is more than just caffeine, though, and caffeine is found in more than just coffee.

Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen (List of Koehler Images) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ilex paraguariensis, yerba mate, is one of several holly-family plants which contain caffeine.

In this class, we’ll talk about the major caffeine-containing herbs in use worldwide today: coffee, tea, cacao, kola, mate, guarana, and the new kid on the commercial scene, guayusa. We’ll discuss the physiological effects of caffeine – both positive and negative – and we’ll also look into the other constituents and actions of these herbs.

Whether you’re a decaf dabbler or a red-eye regular, come gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for this most ubiquitous of contemporary chemical fixations!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm
25 St. Mary’s Court, Brookline

The fee for this class is $25.

Register for class by filling out our contact form, emailing us at, or calling 617-750-5274.

This class took place in the past. Interested in a re-run? Let us know!


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