How much caffeine is in tea and which teas are caffeine free?

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There's often a fair amount of confusion pertaining to which teas contain caffeine and which do not. As a general rule of thumb, it's normally quite safe to say that herbal teas do not contain caffeine, whilst green tea, black tea, and other commonly consumed types of tea do.

However none of the levels of caffeine contained within any types of tea really approach that of coffee. Even black tea contains on average around 40mg per cup. Coffee contains around 100mg - 150mg. This is all visualized for you below!

Note that Green Tea and White Tea only contain 24-36mg of caffeine.

caffeine levels in drinks

As we like to say here: Everyone's different. It's always good to know just how much caffeine can be taken before one starts to be affected negatively. Some people can drink 5 cups of coffee a day and be fine (relatively speaking), whilst others will experience heart palpitations, nausea, anxiety and a whole other range of symptoms after just one cup.

Mental or Physical Sensitivity?

While the effects of caffeine on the body are absolutely a real thing, sometimes mental aspects come into play too. I once had a friend that enjoyed drinking Hong Kong milk tea, yet was sensitive to caffeine. After I told them it actually contains similar levels of caffeine to coffee, they actually started to experience the same effects they would have if they had consumed coffee! Sometimes ignorance is bliss...

We've of course sorted all of our teas here into a single caffeine free section, and admittedly this range contains almost all herbal teas apart from Yerba Mate.
Click here for the full caffeine free range: https://www.tealife.com.au/collections/caffeine-free-tea

Naturally Caffeine Free and Caffeine Free

Keep in mind that naturally caffeine free and caffeine free are two fairly different things.
You'll notice that within the image above that decaf coffee still contains around 8mg of caffeine. It's not really possible to get it all out, and you'll find something similar happening with decaf green and black tea too, just with even lower levels at perhaps 3-5mg.

Herbal tea is an example of something completely caffeine free. Just with something like vegetables, it was never there to begin with so the caffeine content is at exactly 0mg. This is one reason as to why those that are sensitive to caffeine - either physically or mentally - prefer herbal tea.

Coffee replacement tea

When talking about tea, coffee, and caffeine, it's hard not to give a brief mention of coffee replacement teas. There's two main ones we think are worth mentioning but each one for quite different reasons.

yerba mate caffeine

Yerba Mate doesn't take like coffee, but has similar effects. Working within different pathways in the body, the highs and lows that you'll get with a cup of coffee are mostly avoided with Yerba Mate and you'll get a bit more of a consistent energy buzz. Quite an interesting herbal tea that's been used by many different cultures across the globe since ancient times. Yerba Mate contains around 80mg of caffene per full cup.

Chicory doesn't contain caffeine but has that kind of deep rich flavour that coffee drinkers enjoy. Although we won't lie - it's definitely a different experience. The benefits of this tea really shouldn't be understated though and far surpass that of coffee.

Any questions/comments? We'd love to hear from you below!

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  • Elliott
    Elliott

    Here in Australia, we have a very nice tea called Madura,which is blended to be very low in Caffeine,it is what I drink a enjoy..there used to be another black tea called Abeya,which was imported from Ceylon.. It was grown at high altitude, and was almost completely caffeine free naturally. It was very nice but sadly the supermarket duopoly that controls retail in this country stopped importing it..Lipton have a tea which is decaffeinated but no-one buys it because it tastes awful..it is treated with methyl chloride,YUK.!

  • Elliott
    Elliott

    Here in Australia, we have a very nice tea called Madura,which is blended to be very low in Caffeine,it is what I drink a enjoy..there used to be another black tea called Abeya,which was imported from Ceylon.. It was grown at high altitude, and was almost completely caffeine free naturally. It was very nice but sadly the supermarket duopoly that controls retail in this country stopped importing it..Lipton have a tea which is decaffeinated but no-one buys it because it tastes awful..it is treated with methyl chloride,YUK.!

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