Tea & Caffeine


Caffeine Free Versus Decaf Tea
All “true” teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant and are basically categorized as black, green, oolong, and white. All of these teas contain caffeine. “True” teas can be decaffeinated, but these teas will still have a little caffeine. On the other hand, herbal infusions, rooibos and fruit blends are not “true” teas yet are prepared in a similar manner and possess many of the same health benefits. All these are naturally caffeine-free.

The amount of caffeine in a pot or cup of tea depends on the the type and strength of the tea and the size of the pot or cup. The strength refers to the ratio of tea leaves to water and the amount of time the leaves are steeped.

Caffeine per 6 oz Cup. Below are some approximate amounts of caffeine in a 6oz cup. Note that coffee by comparison has about 80mg of caffeine per 6oz. serving.

Black: 40mg
Green: 20mg
Oolong: 25mg
White: 15mg
Decaf: less than 4mg

Note that the caffeine in oolong will vary based on the oxidation level of the tea leaves. And, as mentioned above, all herbal infusions and fruit blends have 0mg of caffeine.

The Decaffeination Process. Tea is decaffeinated using a CO2 method where by the caffeine content is reduced while retaining as much of the flavor and health benefits of the tea as possible. This method also leaves no residue.

How to Make Your Own Decaffeinated Tea.  Making decaf tea at home is quick and easy and allows you to decaffeinate any tea up to 95%. First, prepare hot tea according to package instructions, but steep for 30 seconds only. Then discard this first infusion. Lastly, pour more hot water over the leaves and steep for the full recommended time.