The simple answer to the question “does green tea contain caffeine” has to be a strong
YES – YES – YES – YES – YES – YES – YES – YES – YES
(leave no doubt about it…) So, yes, green tea contains caffeine.
As a matter of fact, by dry weight it contains more caffeine than coffee. Luckily, a normal serving contains far less caffeine than coffee.
Caffeine has many positive effects where the most important one is, of course, that it allows you to concentrate better on a task at hand, removing feelings of fatigue.
On average, green tea contains 9-50 mg of caffeine per cup. In comparison, black tea contains 40-70 mg, a can of coke 30-60 mg and coffee 80-140 mg per serving.
The processing techniques, growing conditions and many other variables influence the amount of caffeine in green tea.
For example, even the decision to brew a cup of tea by using loose green tea or a green tea bag can influence the amount of caffeine you will find in your cup of tea. Also, the amount of leaves you use to brew tea and how long you steep it, influences the caffeine content.
If you just want to be sure there’s no caffeine in your tea, just buy decaffeinated green tea, preferably organic decaffeinated green tea, such as organic Good Earth green tea or organic Bigelow green tea.
Together they make green tea as healthy as it is; especially epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, a type of polyphenol, provides many health benefits.
Next time someone asks you the question “does green tea contain caffeine”, you now know what to say: YES, but don’t stop drinking it!