How much caffeine is in tea?

Caffeine content in tea varies with every cup. There are many factors that can affect the exact amount such as the region, weather conditions, and time of year the tea plant was harvested, as well as tea brewing methods such as water temperature and amount of time steeped. See the chart below for caffeine levels by tea type.

Here is a general guideline of caffeine content per 8 oz cup:

COFFEE 100 mg
Black tea 60 to 90 mg
Oolong tea 50 to 75 mg
Green tea 35 to 70 mg
Decaf tea 2 to 4 mg
Herbal teas 0 mg

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Are all your teas organic?

Absolutely! We always have been and always will be committed to offering only organic teas.

How do I brew the best tasting cup of tea?

Steeping your tea with care will result in optimal flavor and you’ll avoid any bitterness from over-steeping. Temperatures and steep time will vary per tea type and specific teas – see the chart below for our brewing guidelines.

General Brewing Guidelines:

Start with 8 oz. of fresh, filtered water per tea bag

Green teas: heat water to 180-190° and steep for 2-4 minutes

Oolong teas: heat water to 180-190° and steep for 3-5 minutes

Black Teas: heat water to 210° and steep for 4-5 minutes

Herbal Teas:
heat water to 210° and steep for 5-10 minutes

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Where can I find the expiration date on your products?

Choice Organic Teas are packaged to preserve freshness and quality for up to three years. To ensure maximum flavor and freshness our tea cartons are stamped with a Best Before date, which indicates three years after the date of manufacturer. Our teas are safe to enjoy outside of the Best Before window, but you may notice a difference in flavor or freshness after that time. The Best Before date is located on the left side of the carton.

How do I keep my tea fresh?

The most important rule for storing tea is to keep it away from any moisture and limit exposure to air and light. Exposure to air is the number one reason tea loses freshness.

How do you decaffeinate your teas?

A carbon dioxide process is used to decaffeinate the teas, a natural alternative to methylene chloride. This process is also the only decaffeination method approved for certified organic teas.

In a sealed chamber, moistened tea leaves are exposed to pressurized CO2, which has been liquefied under pressure. The liquefied CO2 bonds with the caffeine molecules in the leaves and after a few hours the liquid is poured off and the tea is dried, evaporating both the CO2 and the caffeine. As caffeine is the only compound reduced, this process leaves the treated tea leaves more intact and flavorful than other methods. Note: All decaffeinated teas retain a small amount of caffeine.

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What are your tea bags made of?

Our tea bags use a non-heat sealable filtration paper made from a select blend of high quality manila hemp (abaca) fibers and wood pulp. The filtration paper does not contain epichlorohydrin, nor plastic or polypropylene. It is oxygen bleached using a natural process that is completely free of chemicals or toxins, including dioxin. In addition, our tea bag filtration paper does not contain GMOs, gluten, corn nor any of the eight FDA recognized allergens (tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat or soybeans).

Are your teas Kosher?

All of our teas are Kosher certified by Orthodox Union.

Are all your teas Fair Trade Certified™?

Not all of our teas can be Fair Trade Certified™ because this distinction is only available for teas composed of ingredients that originate from certain countries where the certification is available. You can browse our Fair Trade Certified™ teas HERE.

Do your teas contain any known allergens?

All of our teas are made without any of the eight FDA recognized allergens and therefore do not contain milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat or soybeans.

Where can I buy your teas?

Check out our store locator for your nearest local retailer.

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