Tea and Caffeine
Interesting fact - did you know that leaves from the tea plant Camellia Sinensis contain higher concentrations of caffeine than coffee beans?!
Here's the low down...
It's so true, tea leaves have more caffeine than coffee beans. The brewing process affects the level of caffeine in your cuppa.
Coffee contains more caffeine because of the way it is infused in water whereas tea leaves are brewed and removed, effectively diluting the caffeine.
Tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine which slows down the absorption of caffeine when you drink it. Great for avoiding those pesky highs and lows associated with drinking coffee.
Now, its impossible to pinpoint exactly how much caffeine there is in each type of tea but here is an indication to guide you:
- Black Tea approximately 20–60 mg
- Green Tea approximately 20–35 mg
- Oolong Tea approximately 30–50 mg
- Pu'erh Tea approximately 30–40 mg
- White Tea approximately 10–25 mg
Trying to reduce your caffeine intake? Then select a fruit or herbal tea, they're naturally caffeine free.