Teas With The Most Caffeine
Aug 09, 2022
While there are days that you just need coffee through an IV in your arm -- that may not always be the best way to go. You have to remember that water is just as much a necessity and you may even want to change up your routine a little by drinking tea instead of coffee. Drinking tea is a great way to supplement your coffee intake and maybe spice things up a little bit as most teas have amazing health benefits and are packed with antioxidants.
If you have been drinking coffee for a long time then you are familiar with that jittery, buzzed feeling that coffee can bring. Drinking tea doesn’t give you that feeling. Instead, it leaves you energized for longer without the hard crash that comes. This is because of an amazing amino acid called L-theanine which is found in tea. It allows the caffeine to be slowly absorbed into your bloodstream instead of the sudden jolt that coffee provides. Wanting to have energy but still feel calm and relaxed? Then switch to tea for the day and see how you feel.
If you are mainly a coffee drinker then the tea world may be slightly overwhelming. There are so many different teas to choose from as well as finding the ones that meet your caffeine needs and still taste delicious. If this is you, keep reading and you will find out just what is so great about all of these different kinds of teas.
First and foremost — black tea is the most caffeinated of all the other teas you could drink. So, if you are looking for an energy boost then black tea is what you need to be drinking. Black tea has roughly 64-100mg of caffeine per 8oz cup of tea and has plenty of delicious options to choose from.
“Black tea” is an umbrella for so many different kinds of tea just like “black coffee” covers all of the different coffee brews there are. From English Breakfast tea, Irish Breakfast tea, Earl Grey, to Chai there are plenty of different choices, all with very distinct flavors. If you are overwhelmed with what to choose, try out Forage & Flourish instant black tea powder! It has the perfect blend of black tea leaves that use all-natural ingredients and you don’t have to worry about if you made the right choice on flavor because it is perfectly delicious.
If you get coffee from your local coffee shop then you have probably seen matcha tea as an option to order. Matcha is a delicious tea powder, that was founded in Eastern Asia. Matcha is something you must try at least one time for a unique tea experience.
Matcha is a finely ground powder made from green tea leaves that are grown in the shade (green tea that is shade grown has more caffeine content). Matcha powder has anywhere from 60-80mg of caffeine per 8oz cup so that shade-grown process certainly helps.
After the green tea leaves have been turned into a powder it then becomes a beautiful and versatile tea option. Now, not all matcha is created equally. There are a lot of matcha brands that put sugar and additives into their matcha powder, so make sure to check the ingredients list before buying. If you want high-grade matcha, it does come at a price but the taste and quality are amazing.
To make a matcha latte, bowl scoop about two tablespoons of matcha and two ounces of hot water in a bowl and whisk together with a matcha whisk. (A matcha whisk is usually made out of bamboo and is especially used for matcha so it doesn’t “bruise” the matcha.) Instead of whisking in a circle, you are going to whisk your matcha and water from side to side, kind of in a zip zag pattern, to get the matcha to foam. If you whisk it in a circle you won't get that beautiful layer of matcha foam. Now, add in your steamed milk or pour your matcha on top of a glass of milk with ice to make an iced matcha latte.
Oolong tea is a delicious and unique tea option that is like none other and has 30-45mg of caffeine per cup. Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea that is processed by leaves that are wilted in the sun, have a slight amount of bruising, and creates partial oxidation. Meanwhile, green tea goes through no oxidation, and with black tea, the leaves are crushed to enhance oxidation. Creating oolong tea is a beautiful process to make an impressionable cup of tea. Oolong tea has a very distinct and full-bodied taste, so if you like complex tea, then this is for you.
Green tea is super popular for its health benefits but it also has the least amount of caffeine compared to the first three. Green tea has only 15-30mg of caffeine per cup. While it has more caffeine than herbal tea it definitely won't keep you as caffeinated as matcha or black tea. Even though it doesn’t have as much caffeine in it, green tea has so many different health benefits for you such as it helps to burn fat, is high in antioxidants, helps to prevent heart disease, and improves brain function! Even if you don’t drink this for energy levels, it is a great tea to drink just for the health benefits. So, maybe swap out your afternoon shot of espresso for a cup of green tea instead to get in all of those amazing benefits.
Last but not least, white tea has the least amount of caffeine. White tea only has 10-15mg of caffeine, so I wouldn’t drink this first thing in the morning if you need the extra energy. While it is still rich in antioxidants, amazing for your heart health, and helps to fight off disease -- caffeine isn’t its strongest suit.
There are so many different kinds of teas to choose from, each of them has so many incredible health benefits and is worth adding to your beverage list every once and a while.
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