Caffeine seems to have gain greater notoriety with the rise and rise of speciality coffee and our busy work/life balance in Australia. Coffee carries the images of “quick pick me up” or “quick catch ups with friends”. A general feeling of go, go, go…..Tea does not conjure the same feelings or images. “Relaxing, family, calmness and serenity” are tea inspire thoughts and feelings. Tea and Coffee have caffeine, so why do they evoke vastly different emotions and physical reactions?
Often I am asked three questions; 1. Does tea has caffeine?, 2. Does white and green tea have less caffeine than black tea?, and 3. Can you wash the caffeine out of the leaves with a quick first rinse? I was also concern when I have read and heard question 2 & 3 confirmed at two major tea companies found in major shopping centres around Australia. Sadly, these companies need to review their knowledge training as both question 2&3 were debunked 8 years ago with separate scientific research of Nigel Melican and Bruce Richardson
The facts are:
1. Yes tea contains caffeine and it is heavily diluted with the preparation of the beverage.
2. Caffeine levels depend on many variables – buds contain the highest concentrate of caffeine, the time of year the tea is picked, baking tea releases caffeine, soil conditions, varietal of camellia Sinensis such as the Indian, African or Chinese type.
3. It takes more than 5 minutes to release the majority of the caffeine.
Understanding caffeine in tea helps you to understand images of calmness, relaxing serenity and inner tranquillity. Caffeine in tea reacts in the human body in a different manner to caffeine in coffee. Caffeine is absorb slowly with the help of LTheanine (not to be confused with Theine which is the other name for Caffeine), creating a calming and relaxing effect. It is far friendlier to the mind and body. LTheanine acts a modulator to the caffeine molecules with the absorption in the small intestine and not the stomach as in the case with coffee. Tea creates serenity, clarity and tranquillity for the tea drinker.
Unless you are hyper sensitive to caffeine for medical reasons don’t be worried about caffeine in tea. There are many health benefits for you once you include tea within your daily fluid intake.
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