Coffee vs Tea – How to Transition & Caffeine

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Are you a coffee lover looking into exploring the world of tea? Let us help you find the perfect blends for your palate! If you are more interested in our Coffee Transitional Blends, skip over our section on caffeine content to our curated lists below!

Caffeine Content & Tea

Generally speaking, a cup of tea has about half the caffeine content of a cup of coffee. Many believe caffeine levels are associated with tea “types”. Scientific testing and research however, have shown that variations in caffeine levels are dependent upon many factors, not just the oxidation of the leaf. The key factors are:

Growing & Harvestin Conditions – Caffeine can change based on the land, or special characteristics regarding the geography, geology and climate in which the tea is grown. The caffeine content may also change depending on when and how the tea leaves are harvested!

Steeping Style – Brewing methods and styles can have a large impact on the tea’s caffeine levels. Using a higher water temperature, longer steeping time, or a higher ratio of tea leaves to water will increase the overall caffeine level of your brew.

Different Tea Grades & Leaf Tips – Generally speaking, broken leaves will impart more caffeine into your brew faster than whole leaves. Tea grades also assess how ‘tippy’ a tea is. The ratio of tea leaf tips in a blend may affect caffeine levels, too!

Powdered & Rolled Teas – Powdered teas are usually very high in caffeine. This is because you consume the entire leaf, as opposed to an infusion of the leaf. Teas that are tightly rolled or twisted may release caffeine slower than other teas typically would.

Quick Q&A

How much caffeine is in tea vs coffee?

Generally speaking, a cup of tea has about half the caffeine than a cup of coffee – for more information, refer to our leaflet on caffeine!

Does tea have less acidity than coffee?

Yes! If you are looking to avoid acidity we suggest trying a green tea!

What are the benefits of drinking tea vs coffee?

There are so many! Less caffeine, antioxidants…

Black Coffee

If you prefer the taste of a simple, straight black coffee, then these teas may work perfectly for you!

Shu Vintage Pu Erh

Full-bodied & similar to black coffee.

Roasted Yerba Mate

Roasted flavor, similar to roasted coffee beans

Houjicha Green

Roasted & full-bodied, with the added benefits of green tea

Red Bush Rooibos

Nutty, earthy flavor and our best substitute for black coffee that is caffeine-free

Flavored Coffee

Do you like a little flavor in your coffee? Try these teas!

Java Fusion Black

This one has real coffee beans blended in, as well as almonds, brittle & a touch of sweetness!

Hazelnut Mate

This tea has a base similar to roasted coffee beans, with a hint of chocolate and hazelnut

Fresa Guayusa

This blend has a green, earthy base with a touch of berry, and contains about the same caffeine as a cup of coffee!

Cinnamon Spice Rooibos

A caffeine-free tea that is perfect for anyone obsessed with cinnamon!

Sweet Coffee & Lattes

Do you have a sweet tooth? Like to get creative with your coffee? Teas is just as versatile – it can be sweetened, flavored and transformed into almost any beverage that coffee can! Here are our top picks –

French Breakfast Black

Smooth, sweet and better smelling than any coffee you’ve ever come across!

Roasted Almond Chai

Steam or simmer milk at home, and turn this delicious chai into an even more delicious latte!

Fudge Brownie Black

Do you love mochas? Steep this tea, blend with your choice of milk or cream and enjoy!

Paris Evening Rooibos

This tea is a great caffeine-free substitute to French Breakfast!

Matchas (Various Flavors)

Pick your flavor & blend with yogurt, milk, ice & honey for a delicious matcha frappe!

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