Naturally, the tea leaf contains a small amount of caffeine with Black tea having the most caffeine and White tea having the least.
The Byron Bay tea Company herbal teas, on the other hand, that do not contain the tea leaf, are caffeine-free. There are some herbs that do contain caffeine (eg. Kola Nut) none of which are used in our range.
Is Coffee or Tea Better For You?
With the wide-ranging health benefits of the tea leaf, it is hard for us at Byron Bay Tea Company to deny that tea is the superior brew to coffee. Both coffee and tea contain caffeine- a stimulant that has proven health benefits- to help increase mental alertness; boost energy levels; improve digestive and heart function; improve stamina and endurance and, in some studies, to even reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Parkinsons disease. I think you would agree though, that the stimulant effect from both Coffee and Tea is quite different. You can feel supercharged to take on the world after a coffee, whereas tea seems to have a gentler effect where you feel stimulated but without such a “racey” feeling. This is for two reasons.
Firstly, the tea leaf contains significantly less caffeine than coffee per cup. Caffeine is best used in moderation- too much caffeine consumed over a long period of time can weaken the “wake-up”/stimulant effect that is produced and the function of the adrenals leading to conditions such as Chronic Fatigue. Caffeine over-use can be very detrimental to your health.
Secondly, the tea leaf is also jam-packed with the goodness of other constituents such as l-theanine that can help to increase mental alertness whilst at the same time inducing a sense of calm. The actions of other parts of the tea plant can also help to reduce stress and anxiety; provide antioxidant protection; support weight loss; reduce heart disease and so on. If you wanted an alternative to coffee to reduce your caffeine consumption, try our English Breakfast, Earl Grey or Chai. If you wanted to eliminate caffeine all together but enjoy the robust flavour of coffee, try our Dandylicious which is a healthy coffee substitute containing herbs that support the liver.