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