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A little hot water is all you need to decaffeinate your tea.

Decaffeinating Your Tea

For many years, coffee lovers have had their pick of a number of delicious decaffeinated blends, but the options have been more limited for those who prefer tea. Tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but there is still quite a bit there, and this can pose a problem for tea drinkers who want to banish the drug while still enjoying their daily tea ritual. Luckily, there are solutions out there, including a quick and simple way to remove the caffeine from your favorite teas at home.

Edgar Veytia, CEO of Botanical Health, Inc., parent company of Elixir, worked in business operations in Central and South America prior to starting Elixir Tonics & Teas. For most of the 80s and 90s, Mr. Veytia presided over multi-million dollar international management consulting companies that served a number of Fortune 500 corporations. Several years ago, Veytia and business partner Jeffrey Stein founded Elixir, offering herbal medicine, elixirs, tonics, and a wide variety of teas. Elixir has a full-time staff of certified herbalists who will answer any health questions from chronic sinus problems to skin irritations with a recommendation of naturals teas, tonics, and herbs. Veytia is currently the CEO of Elixir, and offers the following advice for tea drinker looking to cut out down on caffeine:

  • Caffeine levels. Different varieties of tea contain different levels of caffeine. This is why, according to Veytia, many people drink black teas in the morning, green teas during the day and a nice white tea after dinner. If you’re looking to cut down on caffeine, it may be a simple matter of choosing a variety that naturally has less caffeine.

  • Decaffeinated tea. Grocery stores and teashops do carry selected brands of pre-decaffeinated teas, and these can be good options as well. Veytia recommends checking the label to see if the caffeine has been removed by a chemical process and passing on the product if it has.

  • Hot water. One of the best ways to make tea that has little or no caffeine is to remove the caffeine yourself. A traditional and effective way to do this, says Veytia, is to pour a little bit of hot water into the leaves and then swirl the mixture around for about 30 seconds.

  • Pour it off. Next you simply pour the water off, and then add the full amount of hot water and steep the leaves as usual. The reason this helps decaffeinate the tea is that caffeine is the first photochemical to infuse into the water, so by pouring off the first batch of water, you are pouring off between 80 and 90 percent of the caffeine that was in the tealeaves.

  • Enjoy. Now that you have quickly and easily removed the caffeine from your favorite tea, you can sit back and enjoy as many cups as you want. Happy sipping!

For more information about tea, check out the following organizations or websites:


The Tea Homepage

Tea Review Archive

The Tea Ring Index

A World of Tea

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