Let’s take a moment and thank Camellia Sinensis, a species of evergreen shrub, whose leaves and buds help produce your favorite Black, Green, Pu’er, Oolong and White teas. While these varieties of tea are ones with caffeine, they have a number of health benefits as well as physical effects and caffeine content is much less as compared to coffee. They are known to be of phenomenal treatment and used as Appetite Depressants, Anti-viral, and have properties of astringents too, just to name a few. These teas are a great way to control or keep in check diabetes and cholesterol and are also a great tool to club with your diet routine as they facilitate weight loss as well.
While black tea leaves have a strong aroma and flavor, it can be enjoyed without adding milk, or it is great with milk. Green tea , Oolong and Pu’er teas are all recommended and preferred without any milk or sugar and are of the more subtle type. Your nearest supermarket hopefully has a selection of all of these well stocked up for you.
There is a huge variety of herbal tea also available that has minimal or no caffeine content. Made from some of the your favorite spices and aromatic fruit and flowers, some of the most loved herb teas are Lemon, Peppermint, Sage, Cinnamon, cardamom, chamomile, and so on. These teas have an aroma that can help flush out all the stress and anxiety you carry.
Brewing a perfect cup of tea is no less than an art. To get acquainted with a new tea , keep close watch on the color and texture of the flowers or leaves and as the water begins to heat, slowly the air is filled with a beautiful fragrance of the aromatic concoction. All you need to do then is relax with your cup of tea and allow the color, taste, and aroma guide you to when a herbal brew is “just right” for you.
The way you like and prepare you cup of tea, significantly determines the caffeine content in it. From the temperature of water to the amount of tea leaves used, whether you use a tea bag of loose tea leaves, all play a fairly important part in increasing or decreasing the caffeine in your cuppa. Usually the hotter the water, the more teas leaves, and the length of brewing all contribute to the caffeine per cup.
Caffeine levels are often reported in terms of mg per 8 oz. cup. As per this caffeine content in White Tea is the least (about 30 mg to 55 mg per 8 oz. cup) and Black tea is highest (60mg to 90mg per 8 oz. cup)
Coffee as compared to tea has much higher caffeine content ( 150mg – 200 mg per 8 oz. cup)
So pick up your favorite brew and start drinking today !