A healthy adult should never consume more than 400mg of caffeine every day. But the chances are that you simply do not know how much caffeine you drink. Especially if you are a fan of a variety of different teas. Tea comes in a variety of different forms. Oolong, white, black or green. All of which are different in their flavours. This is thanks to their oxidation which is how the enzymes in the leaves react to the oxygen in the air. It is down to different production processes such as steaming, rolling or firing the leaves. The oxidation process doesn’t have an impact on the amount of caffeine that is in the tea.
So, how much caffeine is actually in your favourite tea? We have put together some of the most common beliefs on the caffeine in tea, and look at whether they are true or not, as well as which tea contains the most caffeine.
White tea is caffeine free
Many people believe that white tea doesn’t contain any caffeine at all. But this isn’t true. White tea contains caffeine in some form, although some varieties have a much lower level. White tea in general contains 15-39mg of caffeine per cup.
Steeping the tea removes the caffeine
This is in part true, however, it would take around 8 minutes to get rid of the caffeine in your favourite cup of tea. This means that you will be likely to have got rid of all of that beautiful flavour too! Not exactly what you will want to achieve when you settle down to enjoy a brew.
Which is the most caffeine rich tea
Want to know how much caffeine is in your favourite cup of tea? Then read on.
• Black tea contains around 16-58mg caffeine per cup
• White tea contains 15-39mg
• Oolong comes with 12-49mg
• Fruit and Rooibos are caffeine free
It is important to remember that caffeine isn’t always a bad thing. If you drink below the recommended amount for an adult, then it can help ensure that you stay focused and alert. It is when you reach the levels or go over that you can start to encounter some of the associated problems often seen with caffeine intake.
Here at The Exotic Teapot we are proud to offer a variety of different teas for you to sample. Most of our teas are perfect for everyday drinking, whilst others you will want to save up for a special occasion. No matter when you drink them, one thing is for sure, tea is a delicious treat and a great way to relax and unwind after a stressful day!