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Best Tea around the world

How tea is made, what are process and what are the quality teas


How much caffeine is there in jasmine tea?

How much caffeine is there in jasmine tea?

This answer depends on the type of tea used as base, and on how the tea is prepared. Jasmine tea can range from very high to very low in caffeine, and most examples of it are probably pretty typical among teas.

Jasmine tea is a scented tea which takes the leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) as a base, and adds scent from Jasmine flowers. The jasmine plant does not contain any caffeine, so the caffeine content is solely determined by the base tea used.

An overwhelming majority of jasmine tea uses green tea as a base, but there can be considerable variability in the type and quality of green tea leaves used. Teas with more tips and leaf buds, which tend to be more expensive, tend to be higher in caffeine. Such teas often have around 40mg caffeine / cup, although it is common for some green teas to be significantly higher or lower.

Other types of jasmine tea include jasmine oolong, jasmine silver needle (white tea), and jasmine black tea. I maintain an article about jasmine tea and the different types here. Although white teas are widely thought to be low in caffeine, this is a myth, and silver needle is actually very high in caffeine, sometimes 75mg/cup or higher when brewed at typical strength, more than a typical black tea. On average, oolongs are often lower in caffeine, due both to roasting and to using larger, more mature leaves, so typical jasmine oolong is probably lower than jasmine green tea. Jasmine black tea is uncommon, but probably has typical caffeine content for a black tea, 40–60mg / cup…it’s unlikely to be very high because black teas with higher caffeine content are expensive and unlikely to be used as a base for scenting.

You really can’t know for sure without testing the individual teas. For example, Camellia Sinensis tea house published these test results, which show that their jasmine dragon pearls tea is actually very low in caffeine, only 13mg per 250ml (greater than one cup) and they were using 5g, around twice the leaf that most people use.

Because of the strong floral scent, people sometimes brew jasmine tea a little less strongly than a pure tea, using less leaf per cup, or using tea bags that have less than the normal amount of leaf. If you do this, the jasmine tea will result in less caffeine than a similar base tea.

The only way to know for sure, unless the company publishes figures on caffeine content based on lab tests, is to send your tea to a laboratory for testing. Absent this, your best bet is trial-and-error, brewing different teas and paying attention to how caffeinated they feel when you drink them. Some people can taste caffeine fairly accurately; it comes through as a sharp, clean bitter flavor, different from the astringency-paired bitter qualities associated with plant polyphenols.

For the typical “garden variety” jasmine tea that you pick up on the shelf though, I think is safe to assume that it has similar caffeine levels to a typical green tea.

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