Friday, December 04, 2009

Naturally Decaffeinate Tea

While a cup of tea only contains about half of the caffeine found in a cup of coffee, it still does contain caffeine. However, there is an simple, easy way to naturally remove most of the caffeine from your cup of tea right at home, and it takes just a few more seconds than brewing a regular cup of tea.

Start by filling a tea kettle with fresh, cold water and bring the water to a boil. Then place your tea in a small cup for the “decaffeinating” process. Use either an infuser or a t-sac to contain your tea leaves. Allow one scant teaspoon of tea leaves per cup of tea, and for a large pot of tea you will want to use four teaspoons of tea leaves.

Then pour just enough hot water over the tea leaves to barely cover them, and wait about a half a minute. Remove your tea leaves and discard the water from your cup. This water contains most of the caffeine from the tea.

Now take your infuser or t-sac with the wet tea leaves and do your final brew. Place your tea leaves in a pot or cup and pour more hot water through this time to brew for several minutes. For black tea you will brew for about 4 minutes, and when you are done steeping simply remove the infuser or t-sac from your cup or pot.

Now you have a delicious, naturally decaffeinated cup of tea brewed hot, fresh and ready to enjoy. So the next time that you steer away from enjoying a late evening cup of tea for fear that the caffeine will interfere with your good night’s sleep, simply brew a cup of decaffeinated tea, the natural way.