Do You Know How Much Caffeine Is In Your Tea?

By June 24, 2016 Tea Profiles

With so many incredible benefits in each sip of your tea, it’s hard to believe that there’s another element that even a seasoned tea lover (like you) doesn’t already know. We get that. But you may not know that your favorite tea can be just as important to your morning pick me up as a cup of coffee!

That’s right! When it comes to caffeine, tea is no slouch. There are three categories of tea with many different variations within each — and when it comes to a jolt of instant energy, here’s what you need to know: Tea comes caffeinated (teas that naturally contain caffeine), decaffeinated (teas that have had most of the caffeine removed) and non-caffeinated (teas that don’t normally have any caffeine).

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What’s in the tea you love?

The amount of caffeine in any given tea varies based on what you pick. In fact, due to the nature of tea production, the caffeine content can vary between different batches of the same teas!

For example, many experts think that black teas contain more caffeine than green or white teas, but this isn’t always true. Some green teas can contain more caffeine than black teas and vice versa.

The average amount of caffeine in a cup of tea can be between 15mg for a very low-caffeine tea to around 70mg for a higher-caffeine tea. (Just to give you an idea, 200mg per day is your daily recommended allowance.) Here are the four most common teas and their caffeine content:

There are, however, exceptions to all of these teas — a white tea can contain more than 55mg of caffeine and a black tea can contain less than 60mg. If you’re looking for a totally caffeine-free variety, herbal blends actually don’t have any caffeine in them at all.

How much caffeine are we really talking about?

When compared to drinks such as coffee or energy drinks, tea is actually very low in caffeine. A cup of coffee can contain anywhere between 150 to 200mg for a medium sized cup. If you were to buy one of the largest sizes in a typical shop, you could be looking at up to 400mg of caffeine!

Energy drinks actually contain quite low amounts of caffeine when compared to coffee, with an average can containing between 70 and 85mg. A cup of black tea could give you more than that. Most of the immediate energy you get from an energy drink, however, actually comes from the enormous amount of sugar inside, not so much the caffeine.

Caffeine affects people in very different ways, depending on their tolerance. Regular coffee drinkers probably won’t feel any effects when they drink a white tea like our organic Silver Needle, but someone who rarely uses caffeine may be strongly affected by it. Just remember that if you drink caffeine regularly, your body will build up a tolerance to it (and this can only be undone by lowering daily caffeine amounts).

If you feel you consume too much caffeine on a daily basis, the right tea could be the best substitution for a smaller dose, as well as more health benefits and a taste that can’t be beat! And if you rely too heavily on energy drinks and coffee for a pick me up, tea may be the option you forgot to consider!

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Beat the Heat and Rehydrate with Iced Tea (BONUS: How to make your own!)

By June 22, 2016 Brewing Tea

What’s better than kicking back under the hot summer sun and enjoying life? Adding a tall glass of America’s favorite iced tea! But the iconic warm-weather drink of choice is so much more than your average beverage; aside from the countless health benefits that drinking tea provides, enjoying iced tea this summer is extra nice because it hydrates your body and mind. Research also suggests that it might even promote weight loss and help you fight aging.

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Benefits of Drinking Ice Tea

Hydration.  Many people struggle to drink their daily recommended amount of water. (In fact, according to the CDC, over 40% of Americans don’t drink enough!) We get that. But you know what can help solve that problem? Drinking iced tea!

Iced tea consumption counts towards your water intake so you can enjoy every tasty sip guilt-free knowing you’re fueling your body. This is especially helpful when you’re sitting outside getting a tan, which subsequently dehydrates your body and could cause damage to your skin. Proper hydration helps your skin glow and softens facial wrinkles.

Weight management.  If you’re careful about how you sweeten it, tea can be the best calorie-free drink you’ll ever indulge in. Research from the University of Washington even suggested that beverages containing caffeine and catechins (like in a yummy green tea) can help curb cravings!

Want more reasons? A study in the International Journal of Obesity found that drinking a very cold beverage increased resting energy expenditure for over 40 minutes after consumption. This means you could be burning calories long after your last sip!

Quick Tips to Choose a Healthy Iced Tea

The key to choosing the perfect iced tea is to find the ones that naturally match your tastes.

For example, if you want to indulge in fruity and sweet flavors — without having to add sugar to make it artificially sweet — try our Summer Peach Iced Tea, which won the award for “Best Flavored Black Iced Tea” at the 2013 World Tea Expo. Delight in the fusion of sweet, sun-ripened peaches delicately grounded by the crisp, bright after-notes of our organic Classic Black tea.

For something tangier and more tart, sip on our Green Pomegranate Iced Tea, which won the award for “Best Flavored Iced Tea!” We hand-toss select organic green tea leaves in a large wok, dry them to perfection, and then carefully blend them with organic raspberries and an essence of pomegranate.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a decaf way to enjoy iced tea, indulge in our Brûlée Mint for a naturally sweet treat with hints of mint and a creamy burnt caramel finish reminiscent of crème brûlée.

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How To Make Healthy Iced Tea

Making a great iced tea has never been easier! Just follow the instructions on our tea and enjoy!

But if you’re not quite sure how to get started, feel free to follow this guide and make it the night before you plan to partake in its tasty goodness.

What You Need:

  • 3 Tablespoons of the tea of your choice
  • ½ gallon Mason jar
  • Warmed spring or Purified water

Add 3 tablespoons of your tea to the jar.  Fill your mason jar with warm water (not boiling). Stir. Close the lid tightly and place this jar in your refrigerator.

When you are ready to drink, add ice to a glass and simply pour the tea over a strainer and into your glass. Now you have a delicious, healthy, and refreshing iced tea!

Want to try it with a twist? Slice oranges, berries, or any fruit and layer the fruit with your ice in a glass and pour tea into your flavor-infused cup. You could also opt to add fresh mint, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon sticks for other flavor bursts. (Or try any of our natural, flavor-infused iced teas listed above!)

Iced tea is the preferred healthy summer drink of choice. It hydrates your body and is full of antioxidants and other properties that can provide countless health boosts. Find your summertime favorite and enjoy!

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Matcha Green Tea: The Ultimate Guide

By June 17, 2016 History and Culture of Tea

Matcha Green Tea: The Ultimate Guide - Art of Tea

Of the thousands of teas in existence, there’s nothing quite like matcha green tea — that smooth, delicious flavor, the rich texture, and all those wonderful health benefits.

But before you take another sip of that delightful tea, take a minute to learn more about this unique beverage that once was only shared by the highest nobility in Japan. We’ll break down EVERYTHING about matcha green tea — its history, the culture, its health properties, and how to make it — so you can enhance your enjoyment and get the most benefit each sip.

After this article, you’ll never look at it the same way again!

(Oh, and read on for our tasty gift to you!)
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