Your Guide to Decaffeinated and Caffeine-Free Tea
There are many reasons why people may want to choose a decaffeinated or caffeine-free beverage rather than a caffeinated one. Caffeine is an alkaloid that occurs naturally in the leaves, fruits and seeds of many different plant species; cocoa beans, tea leaves, coffee beans and kola nuts being the most well known examples. Although caffeine is considered safe for consumption, and offers positive benefits in respect of its energising effects, consuming too much caffeine has been known to be the cause of some unpleasant side-effects. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, and negative effects include anxiety, raised blood pressure, rapid heart rate, digestive problems, headaches and insomnia. Some people may be particularly sensitive to caffeine, and pregnant women and nursing mothers are advised to limit their intake.
If you’re one of those people who prefer to avoid or limit caffeinated beverages for health reasons, or you decide to go for a caffeine detox, or just want a good night’s sleep, Tea-Direct has a multitude of decaffeinated and caffeine-free alternatives, from decaf loose leaf black teas and decaf green teas to caffeine-free herbal teas and fruit tisanes.
Teas made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis plants will contain caffeine, but they can be decaffeinated in a number of ways, the most natural and safe being methods that use water processing or carbon dioxide (CO2). Tea-Direct has a great selection of decaffeinated loose leaf teas that have been produced safely, using naturally occurring CO2 combined with high pressure and temperature, to extract caffeine without the use of nasty chemicals. You can read more about the methods of tea decaffeination here: Your Complete Guide to Decaffeinated Tea.
Decaf teas will still contain trace amounts of caffeine as no decaffeination method can remove it completely, but for a tea to be classed as ‘decaffeinated’ it must contain less than 2.5% of the original caffeine content.
Below, you will find a selection of our quality decaffeinated loose leaf teas, that are as flavoursome and refreshing as their caffeinated counterparts:
- Decaffeinated Fannings Tea
Made with fine and fragrant Ceylon fannings, Decaffeinated Fannings Tea has all the flavour of a fine Kenya PF tea, but without the caffeine. A wonderful robust brew that yields a dark amber colour when infused.
- Decaffeinated Irish Breakfast Tea
This delicious black tea is decaffeinated at the green leaf stage, and reveals sumptuous malty flavours and rosy notes. A great beverage to start the day with.
- Earl Grey Decaffeinated Tea
A decaf Earl Grey that is perfect for those Earl Grey tea lovers who would like to drink this fragrant tea in the evenings without it affecting their sleep. It is made from high quality Ceylon black tea and natural bergamot oil.
- Decaffeinated Sencha Green Tea
A light and delicate decaf green tea, sourced from Hunan in China, and made with sencha leaves grown at 3500ft above sea level. This smooth and well-rounded tea reveals fresh, grassy notes, and can be enjoyed throughout the day.
These biodegradable, silky smooth pyramid tea bags are filled with luxury black tea made from flowery pekoe leaves. They reveal light, floral flavours and fruity notes, and offer a convenient way to make a refreshing brew, whether it’s at home, at work, or for when you travel.
Herbal Teas, Fruit Tisanes and Rooibos
As well as black and green decaffeinated teas, Tea-Direct has an exciting selection of caffeine-free herbal teas, fruit tisanes, and rooibos tea varieties. Unlike teas produced from the leaves of Camellia sinensis plants, most herbal teas are made from plants that have never had caffeine in them, so can therefore be classed as ‘caffeine-free’.
Below are a few examples:
- Herbal teas are infusions that can be made with a variety of ingredients from plants, that may include dried fruits, flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, herbs and spices.
- The calming nature of Chamomile Herbal Tea is one of the reasons it’s often the beverage of choice for unwinding with at the end of the day. Made with dried chamomile flowers, it yields a smooth, honey-like sweetness and delicate floral notes.
- Fruit tisanes are composed of dried fruits or fruit peelings, sometimes with the addition of other ingredients such as flower petals or blossoms. Refreshing and light, they can be enjoyed at any time of day, and some are delicious when iced. Apple and Lemon Fruit Tisane is a blend of sweet Kentish apples and juicy, citrusy lemons, orange and rose hip peels and hibiscus blossoms. The perfect thirst quencher to enjoy on a warm summer’s day.
- Rooibos is a naturally caffeine-free herbal plant that grows in South Africa’s beautiful Cederberg Mountain area. Made from the soft, needle-like leaves of the plant, Aspalathus linearis, the flavour of rooibos tea lends itself well to be blended with other ingredients, to create a wide variety of caffeine-free choices. Rooibos Orange and Eucalyptus Tea is one such example, made from rooibos tea, Australian eucalyptus leaves, orange peel and orange blossoms. It offers wonderful fruity notes and a fresh menthol aroma.
You can browse our extensive range of teas with zero or minimal caffeine content here.