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How much Caffeine Does Tea Have?
Caffeine Content of various drinks
12 ouncesmilligrams
Coffee80
Cola40
Espresso (2 oz)100
Snapple Iced Tea30
Mountain Dew55
Red Bull (8.2 oz)80
Black Tea40
Decaf Tea5-10
Green Tea20
Herbal Tea0
Rooibos0
Honeybush0
The amount of caffeine in a cup of tea depends on the variety and preparation. Black varieties are the caffeine kings. Green tea contains less caffeine than black, and white teas less than green. Rooibos, honeybush and other herbal varieties are caffeine free. Decaffeinated teas are also available. These decaf blends usually contain a finite amount of caffeine. Certain preparation methods can greatly reduce the amount of caffeine in your cup. Follow the steps below to decaffeinate your tea.
Reduce the amount of caffeine in your cup
About 80% of the caffeine in tea is released during the first 30-seconds of steeping. In order to remove most of the caffeine from any tea follow these steps:

  • Pour hot tea over leaves
  • Steep for 30-45 seconds
  • Discard the brew, save tea leaves
  • Steep another brew using the original leaves
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