The Difference Between Decaf and Caffeine Free Tea

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  • Post by  Aubrey Simonson Jul 01, 2016

Decaf VS. Caffeine Free Tea

Many of our caffeine-sensitive customers come in and tell us that they would like decaf.  While decaffeinated tea does have a reduced quantity of caffeine, many of our customers are surprised to hear that decaf tea still contains some caffeine.  Decaffeinated teas tend to contain 1-2% of the caffeine of their still-caffeinated counterparts.  This means that each cup of decaf tea should contain about 2 mg per properly brewed cup.  When compared to a cup of decaf coffee ( 2-12 mg per cup), or a cup of regular coffee (75-200 mg, depending upon how it’s brewed), this isn’t much, but we understand that it may still be enough to keep some of our most caffeine-sensitive customers awake at night.  

Caffeine Free Loose Leaf Teas

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For these customers, we recommend our caffeine-free teas.  These are teas which have never at any point contained caffeine.  All of our fruit tisanes (except Mate, which has an unusually large amount of caffeine) and our rooibos blends are totally caffeine-free teas.  These tisanes can be flavored and spiced imaginatively to re-create the tastes of many notable teas.  For example, our Rooibos Chai has all of the spicy kick of a traditional chai, but with none of the caffeine.  The blackberry leaves in Autumn Sunset give it the rich and slightly bitter flavor of a true tea, and our Chocolate Mint Rooibos tastes even more distinctly of chocolate and mint than our Chocolate Mint black tea.  

We hope that concerns about caffeine don’t inhibit your exploration of tea, and that you enjoy exploring everything that the world of caffeine-free and decaf teas have to offer!


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