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?
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.
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.
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 it is bursting with flavour. Try our Queen of Greens now!