Caffeine in Tea vs. Caffeine in Coffee


Hi, Chai Friend!

Is this your question too? It's one of the frequently asked questions whenever I hold tea tasting sessions, and I believe it's a very valid and relevant inquiry. In simple terms, the caffeine content in tea is significantly less than that in your average cup of coffee (8oz.).

Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in many plants, including coffee beans and tea leaves. An average cup of coffee contains roughly 95mg of caffeine, while an equivalent serving of tea only contains 25-60mg.

Although the caffeine content of tea varies depending on its type, origin, processing, and brewing method, it's generally about 1/4 to almost half of its coffee counterpart. What's even better is that tea contains an amino acid called L-Theanine. This amino acid is responsible for timing the release of caffeine into our bodies. As a result, it makes us more alert for a prolonged duration and helps prevent caffeine crashes after a spike in our blood sugar. Of course, it's still essential to consume tea in moderation, as excessive intake can lead to a phenomenon known as "tea drunk" after having one too many cups.

I hope this blog helps. For the next one, why don't we delve into the topic of "tea drunk"?

-Ralph