This page will answer the question “Is There Caffeine in Green Tea?” and a whole lot more. Green Tea has made a mark in the media lately as the wonder tea that offers a range of solutions for a number of ailments.You have probabally seen different types of green tea featured on various healthy-living television programs, in magazines, and of course right here on Tea Perspective, too.
With so much attention places on green tea, having it sit right there in the spotlight, we’ve found many people still don’t know some of the basic facts about it. Green tea is known for it’s calming nature, which isn’t generally associated with caffiene, that has the opposite reputation of calming for most people. This leaves a lot of people to assume that green tea is caffiene free, but that’s simply incorrect and we’re here to clear that up. Is there caffeine in green tea?
Each of the Six Types of Tea are derived from the Camellia sinensis leaf, which does in fact contain caffeine. Green Tea is no exception, being one of these six types of tea, it is a natural source of caffeine. The terminal buds and the leaves adjacent to them (which are used in Green Tea) probably have the highest concentrates of caffeine. But compared to their black tea cousins, the caffeine levels are not as high in green tea.
Along with caffeine, these parts of the plant also contain catechins and theanine, which are the anti-oxidants that helped Green Tea become the superhero of teas. Theanine, which is an amino acid, is the real hero for creating that calming effect. Green tea doesn’t have the most caffeine of all teas, but it still has some. A lot less than a cup of coffee, for example, if you’re looking for a comparison between the caffeine in green tea and the caffeine in a cup of coffee.
What About Caffeine-Free Green Tea?
If even the small amount of caffeine in green tea is too much for you, either you’re sensitive or you just don’t want any caffeine for whatever reason, there are other options for you. You can find decaffeinated green tea just about anywhere that you’ll find regular green tea, at your local grocery stores most likely and especially at specialty tea shops.
We use some generalizations in this article, and of course they’re not going to be fully accurate 100% of the time, for example there could be some green teas that have higher-than-usual caffeine, and some that have much less. Especially with tea blends, there are numerous factors at play that have an influence on the caffeine levels. Thankfully, there are tons of choices out there whether you want tea with a little bit of caffeine, or with a lot.
Picking up a few different teas anytime you’re buying new tea, try things out – explore the world of tea! We believe that there’s a perfect blend out there for everybody, it’s just a matter of trying new things until you find it. Even when you’ve found your favorite tea, never stop exploring and trying new things!