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Old 01-16-2006, 08:36 PM   #1
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Question Getting rid of caffeine. Does this work?

I was watching Jeopardy the other day and the answer was this:

To remove this from tea, pour hot water over the leaves, dump the water, then refill to steep.

The question was: "What is caffeine"?

My question is...is this really true? Can you really get rid of the caffeine in tea by pouring hot water over the leaves and then dumping that batch out (note: you don't let it steep. You just pour it on then dump it right away) and then refilling and steeping? I find this very hard to believe, but it was on Jeopardy so it HAS to be true

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Old 01-16-2006, 08:46 PM   #2
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I hadn't heard this before, but I read this on qualiteas.com
I never would have thought it.

How to Remove Caffeine from Tea

The biggest surprise is that approximately 80% of the water soluble caffeine in tea is released during the first 30 seconds of brewing. So, to remove most of the caffeine from your tea, simply pour boiling water over the loose-leaf tea leaves in your teapot, allow the tea to steep for 30 seconds, and then discard the liquid. Use the same tea leaves with fresh hot water to brew a close to fully decaffeinated cup of tea for drinking.

You will find this process highly effective, allowing you to enjoy the originally caffeinated teas you love without major concern over caffeine content. Test it for yourself and you will see that it works.

Be sure to use only loose-leaf, premium-grade teas instead of the tea in teabags. Unlike teabags loose-leaf teas can be brewed over and over again until you have depleted the leaves of their wonderful natural flavor. This means that the same teaspoonful of tea can produce two, three or more cups of tea all from the same leaves. It is nearly impossible to brew a second worthwhile-tasting cup of coffee from the same grounds, or a good second cup of tea from most of the off-the-shelf supermarket teas sold in teabags.
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Old 01-16-2006, 08:51 PM   #3
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Wow that is so cool!!! I am so happy to know that this actually works. Thanks for finding that excerpt Andrea. My brother gave me a cast iron teapot for Channukah and I have been drinking a lot of loose leaf tea. I try not to drink a lot of caffeine though and most of the tea places have a ton of great full test stuff, but only a handful of decaf teas. I will be trying this method for sure
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Old 01-16-2006, 08:57 PM   #4
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I just buy de-caf (Louisianne is my fave, but Lipton's is fine), use one family sized bag and one small bag of Constant Comment for a half-gallon pitcher of iced tea. I drink mine with lots of ice, a slice of lemon, and no sugar or sweetener of any kind. I drink about 1-1/2 quarts of that a day. Green tea or fruit flavored teas may also be used.
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Is green tea lower in caffeine than black tea?
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Yes I believe green is generally lower in caffeine than black.
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Is green tea lower in caffeine than black tea?
I don't know, but it's delicious! I do know it's supposed to be very healthy.
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Yeah green tea is quite healthy. The new thing now is white tea which has some even greater health benefits than green supposedly.
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I've known about the 30 second decaf trick but I feel like in addition to getting rid of the caffeine, it also gets rid of a lot of the flavor. That is just my opinion or maybe my dulled taste buds.
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corazon were you using loose tea or teabags? I was wondering if it would affect the flavor.
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