To a Tea
After a brief Google search, I found this site which said that an espresso shot has about 100 mg of caffiene while a hot cocoa packet has just 5 mg of caffiene. (The more popular caffienated sodas ranged from 55-30 mgs.) Although this clears up the caffiene content of our discussion, it brought up something else I've always wondered about.
D&C 89 clearly states that we're supposed to stay away from "hot drinks" because they "are not for the body or the belly." Later it was specified that this statement referred to coffee and tea, but what if hot liquids really aren't good for you? I've always felt a little wierd about hot chocolate being allowed, but coffee ruled out. Maybe that's just because I burned my tongue too often growing up.
Another mystifying portion... perhaps one of the hotbeds of controversy in Mormondom today... is where herbal tea falls. My parents, always rule followers, did not have herbal tea in the house, and they told us that when it comes to commandments that people were interpreting, it was better to be safe than sorry. They said that some people might have herbal tea, but we weren't going to because tea was specified, so how could anyone justify herbal tea?
That argument always made sense to me, but a good portion of Mormons drink herbal tea with a clear conscience. Apparently (which I am able to say because of another Google search) this is because of Doctrine and Covenants 89:10 ("all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the Constitution, nature, and use of man").
Frankly, I still find the whole thing confusing.