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TEA AND CAFFEINE: THE SAFEST WAY TO SERENITY




What is the ideal Liri Tea morning for you?


You wake up. You stretch. You take a virtual stroll on the phone to check the insisting notifications saying that your friends mentioned you in yet another meme. You suppress a drowsy laugh.


One more stretch, after which you slide on your slippers - where have I lost the other one?! - and wander towards the kitchen dreamily to put the kettle on.


You open the cupboard and reach out for your favorite box of Liri Tea. You just purchased it, and it’s quickly grown into your go-to morning tea.


Your tea moment is purifying and helps you start the day on a serene note, hinting at a productive day ahead.


But you’ve heard lately that tea contains caffeine, and while you hungrily gulp down liters of tea as a detox slash healthy beverage, all the growing drama surrounding caffeine and its danger leaves you a bit apprehensive.


The concept is nice and the packaging inviting, but you don’t even remember if Liri Tea contains caffeine, to be honest.


Here’s all you need to know about the caffeine-related myths - and truths - in tea, so you can keep drinking your way to serenity.



Caffeine: A natural stimulant


Caffeine: a productivity tool


Before we go any further, allow us to bust a myth: caffeine and theine are no different since they are made of the same molecule.


The first thing to remember about caffeine? It is a natural stimulant for the central nervous system, also known as a psychoactive drug since it acts directly on the brain.


Present in around 60 plant species, caffeine naturally gives a boost of alertness to our brain, reducing fatigue and improving reaction time - among many other benefits it can bring our body, like a decrease in depression risks and fat-burner.


That “natural drug” can indeed help with productivity but is not meant to replace sleep and very high levels of caffeine can trigger various health problems.



Caffeine Excess


An excess of caffeine consumption can, on the other hand, lead to health issues such as fertility and pregnancy problems, heartburn, headaches and irritability. Individuals with cardiovascular problems should also watch their daily intake.


It is also recommended for children to avoid caffeine, and for pregnant women to limit their daily consumption to 200mg a day.


However, with black tea - the most concentrated in caffeine - averaging 40mg to 70mg per cup, there is still a long way to go before you reach recommended daily limit of 400mg for an adult!



What about caffeine in tea?


Does the type of tea matter in terms of caffeine levels?


The amount of caffeine varies according to the type of tea, but the color of the leaves (white, green, black tea) does not necessarily have an impact on it as the same bush, called Camellia Sinensis, can produce both green and black tea.


What influences the amount of caffeine between white, green and black teas is the level of oxidation of the tea leaves. That oxidation impacts the rapidity as well as the amount of caffeine released from the tea leaves.


On average, white tea contains 15 to 30mg of caffeine per serving, green tea contains 35 to 45mg and black tea contains 40 to 70mg of caffeine in a normal-sized cup (around 230 mL). Comparing this data with the 400mg of caffeine daily limit recommended for an adult - and 200mg recommended for pregnant women, we can safely enjoy one or two cups of tea a day!



Can I leave the teabag in while drinking?


Leaving the teabag in while drinking increases not only the taste and/or bitterness of the tea, making it more powerful. Longer-brewed teas also tend to release more caffeine, as it has been discovered that the steep-time also affects the caffeine concentration of the tea.


In addition, the temperature of the water also influences the caffeine release: essentially, the warmer the water, the more caffeine will be released in the tea, especially for teas brewed on a longer period of time.



Do naturally decaffeinated tea exist?


Some teas are naturally caffeine-free, like the Liri Tea range, since the teas we offer do not come from the camellia sinensis plant from which white, green and black teas are made.


All types of herbal teas and fruit teas like Rooibos are completely caffeine-free as well.


Sometimes also called infusions, they are made with dried leaves, flowers, seeds or fruit and can be drunk at any time of the day. Plus, they will gently hydrate your body without fear of losing sleep or increasing irritability.





Liri Tea: A healthy tea to drink at any time of the day


Caffeine can be a powerful tool to demultiply your focus, alertness and productivity, however at Liri Tea, we operate from another point of view, to help you make the most of your day.


Pure wild tea that grows in-between stones in the Albanian mountains, that’s what we focus on to help you relax all day long.


We believe that the secret to detoxifying your body and relieving gastrointestinal discomfort effectively lies in a completely unprocessed tea.


Try a new way of hydrating your brain with a caffeine-free, anti-inflammatory tea that you can enjoy at 6 a.m. as comfortably as you can at 11 p.m.!


In conclusion...


Caffeine, also called theine, is a natural product of many plants and foods. Contained in coffee beans, tea and sometimes artificially added to our modern foods like milk chocolate or chewing-gum, it is not dangerous per se and can help you increase your productivity throughout the day.


However, as with everything, we recommend consuming caffeine-containing drinks and foods moderately.


With Liri Tea, you can drink as much as you want to rehydrate your body after a good night’s sleep or before calling it a day. We can make you happier and more productive throughout the day without any risk of headaches and migraines!

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