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Caffeine In Green Tea VS Coffee

For a long time, there has been a misconception among groups of people that green tea doesn’t contain any caffeine. We have talked about this at length in the past, but it still comes up sometimes. Green tea doesn’t have caffeine? This isn’t true, however, green tea does contain lower caffeine levels than coffee, and there are ways of reducing this even further, for those concerned about their caffeine intake. If you get too much of a buzz from coffee, then green tea might be a nice balance for you to consider.


Caffeine In Green Tea VS Coffee – Which Has More?

When looking at the levels of caffeine in green tea vs coffee, it is important to note that in both drinks, these levels will always vary. Different varieties of tea and coffee have different levels of caffeine, and how they are processed and prepared will make this vary even more. Because of this, the topic needs to be looked at generally.

The average cup of green tea contains around 20-30mg of caffeine. The average cup of coffee contains around 100-150mg of caffeine. By simply replacing green tea for coffee, you can reduce your caffeine intake by around a quarter. Some people are reluctant to give up coffee altogether, so a consideration is having their morning cup of coffee, followed by cups of green tea throughout the day. Experts warn against drinking more than 300mg of caffeine per day, and green tea can help stretch this out throughout the whole day.

The levels of caffeine in green tea can be reduced through various means. Drinking blends and choosing varieties with naturally lower levels is the easiest way of making these reductions. Alternatively, switching from teabags to loose leaf teas can also reduce caffeine levels. Some people brew their tea for 45 seconds and then dump the first batch. Subsequent batches will have less caffeine in them, and because of the short brew time for the initial batch, taste isn’t greatly effected. Make sure that you are not brewing using boiling water, as this is damaging to all of the other great, natural benefits of the green tea.

Hopefully this will help to answer some questions that people have about green tea, and in particular caffeine in green tea vs coffee caffeine levels.


Have you experimented with any different green tea blends? Let us know which are your favorites, as well as least favorites. Depending on whether you’re looking for a lot of caffeine or just a little bit, the way you prepare your tea has a big effect along with the particular type of tea you’re drinking, so both of these are things to consider if caffeine content is a concern for you.

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