How Much Caffeine is in Tea?

Tea has a powerful combination of caffeine and theanine which act together to moderate and slow-down the absorption of caffeine in tea. As a result, the effects last up 10 hours but are far more gradual than coffee. This is why tea typically won’t result in the quick buzz and drop down feeling. 

Sources: Food standards Australia New Zealand; Australian Institute of Sport Caffeine Fact Sheet

If you want to reduce the amount of caffeine you get from your tea here are 3 easy things you could do:

  1. Switch from tea to tisane. Tisanes are herbal infusions like rooibos or mint and contain no caffeine.
  2. Try a half minute initial steep and then pour the water out and re-steep (most caffeine is extracted in the first half minute)
  3. Use cooler water (using teas that steep at lower temperatures like white, oolong and greens are good choices)

Happy Tea Drinking!