With tea consumption on the rise, more and more tea drinkers want to know about tea and caffeine.
Here's a fact for you:
Many claim that green teas have less caffeine than oolong or black tea, and white tea has the least of all. Again, modern laboratory equipment is able to disprove this assumption. A majority of the teas that were analyzed contained around 55 mg of caffeine per seven-ounce cup, regardles the tea family.
Darjeeling black tea and Japanese sencha were almost equally caffeinated. But, one Chinese white tea yielded an astonishing 75 mg of caffeine, nearly as much as a extremely caffeine-rich Assam tea.
Most tea drinkers would suspect those results from a hearty Assam tea (Assamica tea bushes can be 33% higher in caffeine content than Chinese varieties), but few would think a white tea would have such high levels of caffeine. Several tea horticulturalists believe caffeine is more concentrated in the unopened tea leaf bud where it serves as a bitter deterrent to hungry insects
And, now, as I've promissed you, here's a little children's poem that I found, and it's just so simple and adorable to read, that I have decided to share it with all:
IN the pleasant green Garden
We sat down to tea;
“Do you take sugar?” and
“Do you take milk?”
She’d got a new gown on –
A smart one of silk.
We all were as happy
As happy could be,
On that bright Summer’s day
When she asked us to tea.
"The thing we call a tea would taste just as sweet if we called it by any other name." said Juliet, from the ink of our dear Mr. Shakespeare.
Well then.. have a great Friday!