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Caffeine Content of Tea

May 13, 2017

Caffeine Content of Tea

Reports over the years have said that people who regularly buy and drink tea are actually consuming a considerable amount of caffeine compared to coffee. Other research has proven this to be wrong and that people who drink coffee are actually consuming twice the amount of caffeine for each cup as those who drink tea. The fact remains that consuming some caffeine is very good for your health, but those who excessively drink caffeinated coffee daily might have too much in their system. It is recommended that a few cups of tea daily is enough to get the correct amount of caffeine needed for the body.

A small amount of caffeine is a good thing. Research has shown that those who drink tea are most likely getting the correct amount and tend to benefit from its positive effects. These effects include the stimulation of respiratory and digestive systems and a quicker rate of metabolism (which is the major reason why women on a diet choose to consume), as well as the increase in mental stimulation and concentration.

With loose leaf tea, the caffeine content will be around 2.5% of the aggregate weight of 1 tbsp per 8oz water; however, this may vary from tea to tea. One can compare this with a coffee which is 4% of the entire cup. The major difference between tea and coffee users, with respect to consumption, is that the caffeine content of tea is diluted by the infusion process so that when you start to drink your cup, the caffeine content will actually be regulated at less than 2.5%. If you mind the high rate of caffeine content in your morning tea, go for an herbal varieties of tea like our Relaxing Meditation or Boulder Lemon Sun blends which are naturally decaffeinated. This is essentially important for those who want to reduce their caffeine intake or for those that may be pregnant.  If you are a tea drinker that likes to steep multiple times, this will also reduce the amount of caffeine in each cup. 

Pregnant women need to be more conscious of their caffeine consumption. If possible, they should avoid drinking coffee completely. They can still continue with the consumption of tea as long as they do not exceed 5 cups daily. If you are a type that drinks more, you may consider switching to other varieties like green, white, and rooibos tea which has considerably lower caffeine content.

Since the caffeine is infused all through the pot or cup, you can be able to control the amount of caffeine you end up consuming. This can be done not only be selecting to brew a type of tea with lower caffeine content, but by also controlling how long the leaves or tea bag is immersed in the water before drinking.

Notwithstanding, if you decide to buy a tea with an higher caffeine content, such as a Black or Dark tea, you can still minimize the amount of caffeine intake by reducing the time you leave the tea to steep. Purchase a tea and have it brewed for 5 minutes and you will have a cup of around 40-100 mg of caffeine. However, if you buy a tea and allow it to brew for 3 minutes, the resulting caffeine content will be around 20-40 mg per cup.

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