Worried about your caffeine intake, but want a strong morning pick-me-up? Though caffeine helps give you a good boost and increase your mental alertness and sharp thinking, it also has various side effects when consumed in large quantities. It could lead to tremors, increased heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhea, sleeping problems, confusion, dizziness, headache and nervousness. Learn more about Pu'erh Tea and caffeine content in dark tea.
Pu-erh Tea and Caffeine
But if you still want yourself some of that caffeine, ditch the coffee and grab pu-erh tea for your morning pick-me-ups instead. Like coffee, pu-erh has a smooth, strong flavor, but with a relatively less amount of caffeine.
The whole health craze that’s preoccupied the world for the past decade or so has got many people obsessed with tea — and for good reason. Tea, especially loose leaf tea, is a healthy and delicious alternative to all the junk drinks out there. It’s also a good alternative to coffee for those who want smaller doses of caffeine.
Different teas are made by using different kinds of processing. Green tea is not fermented, oolong tea is partially fermented, and black tea is fully fermented. Pu-erh tea, on the other hand, is post-fermented. This means this variety is fermented and then kept in storage for a long time, locking in a strong unique flavor.
The older the pu-erh, the smoother and stronger its flavor. It also leaves a sweet aftertaste you’d want to keep coming back to. Because of its strong flavor, it’s no surprise that pu-erh can be steeped and re-steeped several times without compromising its taste. (In fact, I daresay that the second and third steeping of pu-erh tea actually tastes better! But that’s just me…)
Just like other real loose leaf tea, pu-erh contains caffeine. Its dark color (darker than black tea) leads some to assume that it’s strongly caffeinated, but it isn’t. Pu-erh has lower caffeine content compared to black tea. Drinking a few cups of it in a day won’t make your heart race. But if you still want to make sure you’re getting the least amount of caffeine from your drink, follow the instructions below:
1. Steep (or rinse) 3-7 grams of pu-erh tea in boiling water for 45 seconds. (NOTE: About 80% of the caffeine will be removed within 30 seconds of steeping.)
2. Discard the hot water — that cup has the most amount of caffeine.
3. Steep your tea in a new cup of boiling water for 25 seconds.
4. Drink up!
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PS: If you really want tea but decaffeinated, shop at our decaf tea section for lovely decaf blends that can even help put you to sleep!