White Tea and Caffeine

Many people are very familiar with black teas, green teas and even oolong teas. But they may not be as familiar with the most precious tea in the world, white tea. This is wonderful tea is less stringent and much smoother than its closely related sibling teas. So not only are you getting agreat tasting tea with more antioxidents than any other tea, you are also drinking a tea with a significantly less amount of caffeine than any other conventional tea. This make it a great anytime tea including a nice nighttime warm beverage. When compared to green tea and black tea the caffeine is considerably lower. When compared to coffee it is nearly the same as some decaf coffees in caffeine levels.

Tastes of Teas

There are quite a bit of differences in the taste of different teas. White tea has a light fragrant taste that is delicate and fruity. It can even have a floral flavor to it. Black tea is notably bolder and fruitier. Green tea is noted as being vegetal. It can have a bittersweet flavor or sweet flavor.

White Tea and Its Origins

Back in the 1700’s white tea got its start in Fujian, China. It has increased in popularity since then and is now produced in other countries including Sri Lanka and India. The popularity began in 2000 when a study showed how healthy the white teas are and how low the caffeine levels are so low. Some of the best white teas still come out of the Fujian area today.

How White Tea Is Made

White tea is different from other teas since it is made from the buds or undeveloped leaves of the tea plant. The buds are covered with a fine white fuzz giving it the appearance that the leaves are white. After it is handpicked it is minimally processed. This is done by allowing the leaves to whither or lose the water content by a warm heat source. It is then dried using hot air or the sun. Although very little oxidizing occurs, there is some in the drying phase when hot air is used. Processing of white tea can be difficult and there are certain times of the year that are best for this, mostly in the spring.

Caffeine Content of Coffee and Different Teas

There has always been a certain amount of debate over how much caffeine is in coffee vs. tea. Here are a few of the favorite hot drinks and their caffeine levels. The order is coffee, black tea, Oolong tea, Green tea and white tea.

Coffee on average will have about 80 milligrams of caffeine per 5 oz cup.
Starbucks coffee on the other hand has 180 milligrams of caffeine per cup and their decaf has 15 milligrams.
Black tea on average has 40 milligrams of caffeine per tea bag.

Next is Oolong tea with 30 milligrams of caffeine.
Green tea only has 20 milligrams per tea bag. Green tea has been a favorite amongst people because of the health benefits, but now the white teas are growing in popularity due to their exceedingly better health benefits.

Finally comes white tea. It only has on average about 15 milligrams of caffeine. This is the same as Starbucks decaf coffee!