November 01, 2009

Caffeine levels in different types of tea

I always assumed the following caffeine levels in tea, in ascending order: white, green, black. A Notes on Tea reader informed me that

white tea may not have less caffeine than other kinds of tea. It might have more, believe it or not.

I am seeking feedback on this issue, thank you.


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  2. Generally, black tea does have the most, followed by the others, but I have also read in several places that white tea can have as much or more. But of course, I don't have a source for that. I was also surprised to read it.

  3. If you are looking to eliminate caffeine or something to drink with the kids try fruit tea blends. No caffiene and no bitter taste. A whole variety can be found at

  4. I actually thought they ascended in the opposite order - black, green, white - but that's not based on any concrete studies, just my impression... I'm so delighted to find a blog dedicated to tea, I'm adding yours to my favorites.

  5. Welcome to the blog, Sue. Thank you followers!

  6. Hi Georgia, I was surprised to read in The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea that white tea does actually have more caffeine than either black or green tea. The buds contain extra caffeine and polyphenols as a way to deter bugs.

  7. From what I've read, the levels of of caffeine in different types of tea is only partially dependent on tea type. Caffeine levels vary within particular types as well, so black tea, for example, can have a range of caffeine from 25 to 115 milligrams, from one source I found. This depends on the leaves being used. Younger, first flush leaves contain more caffeine than larger, older leaves harvested from the lower part of the bush. While the high level of the caffeine range in white tea can approach that of the lower levels of black tea, in most cases, white tea has less caffeine than black tea. And in terms of average caffeine levels, from lowest to highest: white, green, oolong, and black.


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