The Tim Ferriss Influence

I’m a huge Tim Ferriss fan. If you don’t quite recognize Tim’s name, you may recognize the title of one of his best-selling books, The 4-Hour Workweek.

Tim Ferriss The 4-Hour WorkweekNow, first of all, don’t be misled by the title. The book is a fabulous primer on how to make the most of your life – the life you WANT versus the life most people think is the way it “has to be.”  I’m not here to write a review about the book, however. What I want to talk about is a particular morning “power tea” 0r, more aptly, the Tim Ferriss Morning Cocktail that I learned about from Tim’s blog, the site that could entertain me for hours on end (and you might also find it fabulous).

Anyway, you may have seen our team’s “recipe section” here at Don’t mistake us for a recipe site, however. You won’t find 101 ways to grill chicken thighs here, unless we somehow by sheer happenstance happen to post 101 different recipes about chicken thighs. Really.

But, because we are a fun-loving and cooking and energetic team of people who also happen to enjoy cooking, we just like to share food ideas with our readers.

And, so – here I was, reading my copy of The 4-Hour Workweek, and I kept seeing footnotes referring to Tim’s blog, so I bit (no pun intended. Okay… maybe a LITTLE pun intended).

It’s quite the rabbit hole, Tim’s blog! Somehow I found myself learning how to make “Morning Tea That’s Better than Coffee.”

Yup! That’s the title. It’s the quintessential Tim Ferriss Morning Cocktail – a funny name, so I had to pay attention. Tim had this cool little video on how to make it (see it just below my post here) – and I thought:

“Whoa……. I have ALL those ingredients! I MUST make this!”

BUT… what was stunning to me, was Tim’s mention of a very particular tea – Pu-erh aged black tea (in addition to green tea, also in the mix). AND Turmeric AND ginger!

I have to tell you – when I drink Pu-erh tea, I’m ON MY GAME. I am NOT jittery. I am just ON IT. But, this other stuff? The Turmeric? Ginger? Green Tea? Pasture Butter? Coconut Oil? This is a million dollar breakfast drink, and yet, it costs pennies!

But, back to the Pu-erh tea. I get all tingly about this…

You may or may not have heard of this tea – according to here are a few other names it goes by:

Arbre à Thé, Camellia sinensis, Camellia thea, Camellia theifera, Sheng pu-erh, Shou pu-erh, Té Pu-erh, Tea, Thé Pu’Er, Thé Pu-Erh, Thé Puerh, Thea bohea, Thea sinensis, Thea viridis, Théier.

I’m not going to get into all the cool things about Pu-erh tea here – but I will give you an anecdote about how I came into possession of some. I have a friend who has a friend who flies overseas a lot on humanitarian types of missions. I don’t even know his full name. But, one day, he came back to the US with some tea that he said “is good.”

This particular guy is not one for extended conversations.

But, when this person says anything – people listen. It’s almost like a scene out of a movie. He says “is good.” That’s all we need to know.

My friend gave me some – and I treat it like gold – it was the Pu-erh tea.

It’s not the type of thing one sees in the Wal-Mart tea aisles. Nor even in most mainstream grocery stores.

We pretty much find it on line, like at places like the California Tea House (yes, that’s our link for the Pu-erh tea! Please check it out, because you will see it’s the real deal!). The spices? We go for organic turmeric, and you can use ground, dried, ginger – but if you have 2 extra minutes, please try grating a touch of fresh ginger into the tea!

My personal favorite pasture butter is available just about in every grocery store (yeah – even in the very, very rural area I live in) and that the KerryGold brand (in Ireland, evidently, all cows graze in beautiful pastures, so their butter is naturally produced from pasture-fed cows. Yay! If you cannot find KerryGold pure Irish Grass-Fed butter at your grocery store, here is is at Amazon.

My coconut oil of choice is Nutiva – even after all these years, and using a lot of different ones when I am in a bind and running out and can’t wait to order Nutiva if it isn’t in the store. (again, if you can’t find it, here is a link to the 15 ounce Nutiva Virgin Coconut Oil at Amazon)

Anyway, I guess this is a long-winded way of saying that I really like Tim Ferris and his approach to life. His style is right up my alley, and I wanted to just let you know about him. I’ll probably make a listing for his book, The 4-Hour Workweek because he’s simply awesome. By the way, the book is really fun to read, too! (Oh, okay! I can’t resist! Here’s the link to it! Check out The 4-Hour Workweek here)

Okay. Enough! Here’s Tim’s video about this “Morning Cocktail” – the “Morning Tea That’s Better Than Coffee” – ENJOY!

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