Does Green Tea Contain Caffeine?
Posted: July 28, 2015
We’re all familiar with that Monday morning caffeine craving… and most people tend to satisfy it by going straight for a strong builder’s tea or black coffee. But when it comes to green tea, there has always been an air of mystery surrounding the caffeine content in a cup. Does green tea contain caffeine? Well, the simple answer is… yes.
Green tea comes from the very same plant used to make black tea, known as Camellia Sinensis. There’s a slight difference between the two though – the fermentation or oxidation process varies depending on whether black tea or green tea is being made. It’s much gentler when making green tea, and we’ve heard that there’s also an amino acid present in green tea that offsets the ‘hyper’ effect of caffeine.
What does that all mean? Well, whilst green tea gives you a small caffeine boost, it creates a gentler and steady source of stimulation which apparently can aid concentration. This combination can also create a calming effect on your brain – ideal for when you want to relax and unwind. Although there is caffeine in green tea, it contains less caffeine than black tea, and in turn black tea has a lot less caffeine than coffee.
So if you’re looking to reduce your caffeine intake (but not eliminate it completely) green tea is a good choice. If you’re already a fan of a Clipper green brew then you’ll know we have plenty of green varieties to try, all bursting with flavour. Our green blends include Lemon, Pear & Honey, Lime & Ginger, Cranberry, and Peppermint.
If you’re looking to eliminate caffeine all together we have a selection of tasty, naturally caffeine-free infusions for you to try; our favourites include Apple & Elderflower, Strawberry & Rhubarb, and Cranberry & Raspberry. Our Decaf Green Tea and Jasmine Decaf Green Tea are both great options too, and bursting with our usual flavour too!
So, all in all, green tea does contain caffeine – but not as much as some of the other hot drink options out there. To find out more about green tea, and why Clipper Green Tea is the fairest of them all, check out our video Nic’s Nutrition Meets the Clipper Tea Guys!