How do we decaffeinate our tea

How is our tea decaffeinated?

Let’s begin by understanding that caffeine is a natural product that occurs in tea. In moderation, caffeine is not a problem for most people. This is especially true for tea rather than coffee, as the absorption of caffeine and its effects on the body are different with tea than coffee. If you drink 5 cups of regular tea a day and suffer no side effects then I would not worry. For those who are a little more sensitive or who have other medical conditions that react with caffeine, decaffeinated teas can help you to enjoy a regular brew without the side effects. We have a blog all about caffeine if you want to know more.

What’s the difference between decaf and caffeine-free?

Excellent question! Caffeine-free teas are not tea at all. They are drinks that have not ever contained caffeine. These include herbal teas, rooibos and fruit teas. Tea leaves that have gone through decaffeination can not be described as caffeine-free as they will still contain trace amounts of caffeine. 

How is tea decaffeinated?

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All About Tea and Caffeine

Approximately 80% of the world’s population consume caffeine on a regular basis, but what do we actually know about it?

tea caffeine molecule

tea caffeine molecule

We put the caffeine guidance on each of our tea listings, but why? Simple: it’s because it’s one of the things we get asked about most often. So we thought we would put answers to the most frequently asked questions in one place.

Before we start let’s establish what the guidelines for caffeine consumption are for a healthy adult. Both the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) consider a daily intake of 400 mg of caffeine as safe. This amounts to 2–4 cups of coffee per day. It is further recommended to limit the amount of caffeine you consume at one time to 200 mg per dose. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women should limit their daily intake to 200 mg.

The Science bit: What is caffeine and what does it do?

Caffeine is a natural stimulant that is produced by plants to act as a deterrent to pests and bugs. In humans, it has a stimulating effect on the brain and central nervous system. Caffeine is water-soluble and is extracted into the brewed cup when preparing tea. When consumed it is quickly absorbed from the gut into the bloodstream. Caffeine’s main effect is on the brain where it stops you feeling tired by blocking the effects of adenosine, a neurotransmitter that relaxes the brain. Adenosine levels build up over the day, making you increasingly tired and encouraging you to want to go to sleep. Caffeine connects to adenosine receptors in the brain without activating them leading to reduced tiredness. Much of the research that has been conducted on caffeine and humans refer to coffee as it has higher consumable rates of caffeine per oz.

Does tea have more or less caffeine than coffee?

This is a frustrating question because there is no simple answer! When measuring coffee and tea in their dry forms then yes tea has more caffeine than coffee….but keep reading….when comparing brewed coffee and tea, coffee generally has more caffeine than tea! What?! How does that work? Well, I am glad you asked! Normally we use 2-5 grams of tea per 8 ounce cup, and 10 grams of coffee for the same quantity of water. A 2004 British study looked at 200 cups prepared by consumers going about their normal brewing routines. It found that the average caffeine level in the cups of tea (black English teabag style teas) was 40 mg vs 105mg in the average cup of drip coffee.

While the caffeine in tea and coffee are the same the experience is different. Tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which reduces stress and promotes relaxation. In tea, it works in harmony with caffeine to calm the body without reducing caffeine alertness. Tea also contains high levels of antioxidants which slow the absorption of caffeine. Together this produces a gentler increase of the caffeine in the system, a longer period of alertness with no crash at the end.

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HealthBoostBox

New Year, New You: Health Boost Box

health boost box

Health boost box

Are you aiming to be a slightly better version of you this year? Did you make a deal with your body this year that you would take better care of it? Did you swear you would finally lose that extra couple of pounds to improve your health? Well, these boxes are designed to contain enough tea to help you keep your new year’s resolutions in January.

Keeping new year’s resolutions in the cold dark days of January can be hard, but promising to enjoy a delicious cup of tea each day….that seems very achievable. These boxes are not magic and they can’t do it alone, but as it says on the box, they can lend a helping hand. These teas have all been selected because there is some science behind their helpfulness.

We also include an infuser basket and a cheeky free sample of something to treat yourself (don’t worry it is healthy). As a package, these sets are cheaper than buying the elements individually and of course include free shipping! More than £25 of tea and accessories shipped to your home for just £20. Total bargain.

We are well aware of some “detox” or “slimming” teas that have laxative effects and we would like to reassure our customers…None of these teas contains any laxative ingredients. Just pure natural ingredients.

As always we would like to remind you that while we are very enthusiastic about tea we hold no medical qualifications. If you have a medical condition and require medical advice about any of our teas we strongly suggest you speak to a medical professional.

Three teas to help you improve your day-to-day health. All contain tasty ingredients that have been proven to help health or immunity. Sip your way to feeling great and dodging the winter lurgy! Continue reading

Slim down tea box

New Year, New You: Slim Down Box

Weight management with tea

Weight management with tea

Are you aiming to be a slightly better version of you this year? Did you make a deal with your body that you would take better care of it? Did you swear you would finally lose that extra couple of pounds to improve your health? Well, these boxes are designed to contain enough tea to help you keep your resolutions. Keeping resolutions in the cold dark days of January can be hard, but promising to enjoy a delicious cup of tea each day….that seems very achievable.

These boxes are not magic and they can’t do it alone, but as it says on the box, they can lend a helping hand. These teas have all been selected because there is some science behind their helpfulness. We also include an infuser basket and a cheeky free sample of something to treat yourself (don’t worry it is healthy). As a package, these sets are cheaper than buying the elements individually and of course include free shipping! More than £25 of tea and accessories for just £20. Total bargain.

We are well aware of some “detox” or “slimming” teas that have laxative effects and we would like to reassure our customers…None of these teas contains any laxative ingredients. Just pure natural ingredients. As always we would like to remind you that while we are very enthusiastic about tea we hold no medical qualifications beyond a basic first-aid certificate. If you have a medical condition and require medical advice about any of our teas we strongly suggest you speak to a medical professional.

Slim down:

Three teas to help you towards your goal of losing weight. Also exceptionally tasty and rewarding in their own right.

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