A Complete Guide to Tea Options With Caffeine

In this article we explore a variety of the options known for having small to large amounts of caffeine.

Recommended Caffeinated Teas

1. Tie Guan Yin (Iron Goddess)

  • Caffeine Boost: Tie Guan Yin tea contains caffeine (theanine) that excites the central nervous system, leading to increased wakefulness, reduced physical fatigue, and heightened alertness.

2. Jasmine Tea

  • Energy Regulation: Jasmine tea is recommended to regulate energy. It can be beneficial for those experiencing feelings of pins and needles or light-headedness after a nap.
  • Brewing: Steep 2 tablespoons of jasmine tea in 80-degree Celsius water for 3 to 5 minutes. The tea can be infused multiple times while retaining its flavor.

3. Lemon Mint (Iced) Tea

  • Refreshing Blend: A combination of mint, lemon slices, and honey provides a refreshing iced tea that can invigorate you in a busy office or combat post-lunch tiredness.
  • Preparation: Steep mint in warm water for 1 hour, add lemon slices, honey, and serve over ice.

4. Huang Qi Tea

  • Energy Boost: Huang Qi, a herb in traditional Chinese medicine, is known for its energy-boosting, blood-invigorating, and health-strengthening properties.
  • Ingredients: Huang Qi (10-15 pieces), dried red dates (6), water (2-3 bowls).
  • Preparation: Soak red dates and Huang Qi in water for 20-30 minutes, then cook in a pottery pot for 20 minutes.

Choosing the right high caffeine tea depends on various factors such as the type of tea, the tea tree’s environment, picking season, and processing methods. For caffeine-sensitive individuals or certain health conditions, adjusting brewing practices, such as discarding the first brew, may be advisable. While teas offer a healthier alternative to coffee, moderation and consideration of individual health factors remain essential.