February 23

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Week 1 – Tuesday’s 2 Minute Sip: Caffeine In Tea vs. Coffee

Written and Produced by: Jarel McRae, Cocktail Chronicles Intern (Kennesaw State Univ.)

According to teaclass.com, an average cup of coffee can provide 100 mg, 200 or even 300 mg of caffeine, whereas a cup of tea may contain 20-60 mg or maybe you didn’t know at all? Well, today I’m here to educate you about caffeine in tea. So warm you up a cup of tea and add some lemon *sips tea* because this is some good tea.

But first what is caffeine? Caffeine is a stimulant that affects the nervous system and can cause side effects such as headaches, restlessness and anxiety.  Caffeine can be found in every cup of tea that you make even in decaffeinated.

Some drink tea when they are sick to soothe their throats, others drink it before bed to relax them and others simply may like to drink tea. No matter why you’re drinking it, tea may calm alertness because it contains L-theanine, theophylline, and bound caffeine (sometimes called theine). Also Tea class, mentions that the biggest impact that caffeine has on tea is the temperature of the water and the length of time you have steeped the tea. Usually, Black, Green and White tea leaves have similar caffeine content. But tea that is left steeping for a longer period, maybe five minutes or more in 180 degrees of boiling water is going to transfer a lot of caffeine to your cup rather than tea steeping for two minutes. Caffeine is extracted over time, and so the first 30 seconds of a five-minute steeping cycle may only remove 20 to 30% of the caffeine

And don’t think that you’ll get away from caffeine by switching to decaffeinated because there’s indeed caffeine in decaf as well. An average cup of decaf tea has about 5-10 mg of caffeine in it.

To completely get rid of caffeine in your tea switch over to herbal teas such as peppermint, Chamomile, Rooibos because they are botanicals not related to Camellia sinensis which typically means they don’t have caffeine in them.

Now remember this the next time you think about getting you a cup of coffee from Starbucks to maybe try a cup of green tea. It will give you the same energy, but without the jittery feeling or the other crazy side effects. Now that’s some good tea.