WHICH TEA HAS THE MOST CAFFEINE?
Tea is the most refreshing, delicious and healthiest beverage you can take first thing in the morning or after meals. That the timeless art of tea drinking is an integral part of modern culture cannot be disputed, because for some, it is an enriching aspect of their life. For others, who cannot stand the strong, bitter taste and the high caffeine content of coffee, it comes as a natural substitute. It is one of the richest sources of antioxidants and it has a lot of health benefits.
TEA VS COFFEE
A growing number of people are beginning to yearn for caffeine-rich tea. Luckily, it has been found to contain a high level of caffeine that matches coffee and may even surpass it but this depends by a lot of factors. However, these are just isolated cases because the average content of many types of teas seems to be lower than average coffee content. This fact has lead the drinkers to ask often the question about which tea has the most caffeine content? Other may be motivated to know the content, simply because it has an unpleasant and negative effect on their health. For these people there is decaffeinated tea which contains a very small amount, up to 10 mg (8 oz. cup).
IS IT WHITE, BLACK OR GREEN TEA?
This question has opened up a long debate among tea enthusiasts, about which of these three, white, black or green possess the highest amount of caffeine. A Certain school of thoughts is of the opinion that the black one is more rich in caffeine than the green one, which in turn has more caffeine when compared to the white one. They had made claims in the past that the white one has the least amount of caffeine. In trying to dispel the myths and intrigues surrounding the tea with the most caffeine, many reputable entities had not left out this controversy. They also given misleading representations about the caffeine contents.
The opinion that the black one had the highest caffeine content and that white tea is the lowest on the table, is false as proven by several study work carried out by scholars in the past and present. A particular study concluded that the content varies and is dependent on tea types, which in turn is affected directly by processing, leaf maturity, brewing, brand and so on. It was observed that the white one from young leaves contain a higher caffeine content and antioxidants than the one from mature leaves and that roasted tea have the lowest content. Surprisingly, they concluded that the black one is second on their list.
In spite of the controversy surrounding this classification, everyone does seem to be in agreement that the rating is dependent on other factors such as the method of brewing, kind of leaves or buds, the water temperature and how the leaves are grown. After a hard research seems that the opinions are divided and we can’t have a standard classification due this factors. The black one seems to lead but there are situations when it is exceeded. For further information about the caffeine content in a particular tea we invite you to see our below articles:
- Black Tea
- Oolong Tea
- White Tea
- Chai Tea
- Green Tea
- Iced Tea
If you are looking for teas with free caffeine, the Herbal Teas are the solution because are not made from Camellia Sinensis plant.
LEAVES CAFFEINE CONTENT
The caffeine content in leaves is dependent on how it is grown and packaged. It has been discovered that if it is grown in the shade has more content than sun grown plants. As stated earlier, newly grown leaves and buds of the white one contains a higher content of caffeine than mature leaves. It is very interesting to know that the raw leaves of tea have a biggest amount of caffeine than raw coffee beans. But after processing and because we use fewer leaves grams than coffee bean for a cup, the roles are reversed.
Other factors to consider are the amount of leaf, duration of steeping, brewing method, the water temeperature (there is electric kettle where you can set the temp), brand and the portions of the plant used. The method of brewing tea is different for everyone whether it is chai tea or a cup taken after a meal to help your digestion. The japanese have different methods of brewing teas and seem to have perfected this art over a thousand years. Teas such as Gyokuro, Oolongs have different steeping methods and infusion time.
Americans and Europeans have adopted a different way of brewing it and tend to steep the black one for around 1-5 minutes. The duration of steeping is also dependent on whether you are using tea bags or unbroken leaves. Tea bags are said to contain more cafeine content than loose tea does. In general, when you desire to have lesser caffeine content, the steeping time should be less by not letting this bags in the water for a long time. As another option for a small amount would be washing the tea after 30 seconds of steeping but this is not recommended because once with the caffeine, the antioxidants and healty elements from tea will go away. However, if you want the content to be high, then you may have to let it steeping in the water for a longer period than is recommended.
The best option for those who do not want caffeine in tea will be the herbal tea. The herbal tea is naturally caffeine free.
In conclusion, it is evident that most people are not able to answer this nagging question. What we are able to conclude is the benefits of this amazing drink. On the other hand, especially if you have health problems, you must read carefully the product label to see the properties. Also, if you consume rich tea caffeine especially in the evening, you’ll notice that you will have sleep disorders. Anyway, the benefits far exceed the contraindications if you do not overdo it, so a cup of tea is always welcome.