Removing Caffeine from Tea
Caffeine is very soluble in water; tea polyphenols are not.
Approximately 80% of the water soluble caffeine in tea is released during the first 30 seconds of brewing. So, to remove most of the caffeine from your tea, pour boiling water over the loose-leaf tea leaves or tea bags, allow the tea to steep for 30 seconds, and then discard the liquid. Use the same tea leaves or tea bags with fresh hot water to brew a close to fully decaffeinated cup of tea for drinking or brewing Kombucha Tea.
You can also buy decaffeinated teas.
Does the decaffeination process affect the health benefits of Green Tea?
Some healthy green teas are Matcha, Gyokuro, Sencha, Dragon Well, Jasmine Pearls and Green Sea Anemone. Two of the major advantages of CO2 are that it does not leave a chemical residue and it has a minimal effect on the flavor and beneficial compounds inherent to the tea. For example, CO2 leaves intact approximately 95% of the original EGCG content of green tea.
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