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.
So, does green tea contain caffeine? Well, the simple answer is… yes. But you’re not here for the simple answer, are you?
Let’s start at the beginning
Green tea comes from the very same plant used to make black tea; a leafy bush called Camellia Sinensis. There’s a slight difference between the two teas though; the fermentation or oxidation process varies depending on whether black tea or green tea is being made. This process is much gentler when making green tea and the leaves are oxidised for a shorter time.
What about the caffeine content of green tea?
Due to the different ways the leaves are processed, you end up with different kinds of tea and different kinds of caffeine boosts. We’ve heard there’s also an amino acid present in green tea that offsets the ‘hyper’ effect of caffeine.
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.
Whilst green tea gives you a small caffeine boost, it creates a gentler and steadier 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.
Should i drink green tea?
Well, we can’t answer that question for you but 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. There’s pure green tea but we’ve also got a range of delicious blends for bonus flavour! Our green blends include Lemon, Pear & Honey, Lime & Ginger, Cranberry, and Peppermint. Which one would you like to try first?
What if i want to cut out caffeine?
If you were hoping that green tea was a caffeine-free option, we’re sorry to say it’s not. However, we’ve got lots of other tempting drinks starting with our decaffeinated teas. Our Decaf Green Tea and Jasmine Decaf Green Tea are both great options and bursting with our usual flavour, too!
But why stop there? If you’re looking to eliminate caffeine altogether we also have a selection of tasty, naturally caffeine-free infusions for you to try. Our favourites include Apple & Elderflower, Strawberry & Rhubarb, and Cranberry & Raspberry. There’s plenty to keep you going.
So, at the end of the day, green tea does contain caffeine, but not as much as some of the other hot drink options out there.
Talk a little bit about Tea – VietNam tea
Let’s spend a few minutes on the time machine travelling back to the past, to observe Vietnamese’ tea drinking habits and apprehend the first days of tea appreciation’s art.
In the period of 13th to 15th century, Vietnamese believed that tea assumed many philosophical values, since it was a source of spiritual purity. Reading book and consuming tea had been chosen by many Vietnamese scholars as a means to escape from the petty concerns of chaotic life, to achieve enlightenment and peace of mind. Drinking tea was thought to help improving one’s character, polishing one’s manner, and assessing one’s personality. People who drank concentrated tea were regarded to have fine manners, while tea artisans with the ability to pour tea into bowls arranged in a circle without spilling a drop were admired by their peers.
Vietnamese tea drinking style is very diverse with no fixed standard and creatively conveys the depth of language among people. Through times, tea gradually has its own place in everyday lives of people, aristocrats and the ordinary, living in the city and in the countryside alike.
Tea at home
Besides special celebrations such as wedding, funeral or other traditional rituals, tea is served several times each day in every Vietnamese home. Waking up in the morning, many elderlies would love to have a cup of hot green tea before starting a new day in the hope of refreshment and sound of mind. Patio or garden in the backyard is among the most favorite places for tea appreciating for its closeness to nature, as some fresh air can give extra flavor to the tea.
Vietnamese believe that tea binds people together and express hospitality; hence people often invite their friends or neighbors round for a chat over a cup of tea. Tea is also used to calm down heated quarrels by diluting one’s anger. Moreover, consuming tea after meals, especially dinner, is also a habit that is loved by many people, when family members can gather round, talking about what they have done during the day.