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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 150 to 200 mg
Black tea 60 to 90 mg
Oolong tea 50 to 75 mg
Green tea 35 to 70 mg
White tea 30 to 55 mg
Decaf tea 2 to 4 mg
Herbal teas 0 mg (with the exception of Yerba Maté)
Yerba Maté 40 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 and are proud to have one of the most extensive collections of exclusively organic teas available with over 70 varieties.

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 or per 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea.

White teasheat water to 180° degrees and steep for 1-3 minutes

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

Wellness Teas**: heat water to 210° and steep for 5-10 minutes. Green tea based Beauty Detox**, Energy Boost**, and Reishi Matcha should be steeped in 190° water for 7 minutes.

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Where can I find the expiration date on your products?

Great news! Tea doesn’t “expire.” Tea can be consumed for many years past its “best by” date when stored properly away from moisture and out of direct sunlight, though it will lose flavor over time.

You can find this date pressed into the paperboard on the right-side panel of our boxes perpendicular to the ingredients in a 6-digit format, ex. 010117 (month/day/year). See example here. It is printed on the back label of our loose leaf pouches.

This date ensures optimum freshness and also serves as a lot number, which should be referenced when contacting us about any product.

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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.

Shop our Decaffeinated Teas.

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Do your teas contain antioxidants, polyphenols, or nutrients?

We do not measure or make claims about nutritional value or antioxidant content in our teas. We encourage our customers to ask their doctor or their healthcare professional regarding any questions about the health properties of tea.

What are your tea bags made of?

All our teas are bagged in double chamber, flow-through tea bags made from 100% unbleached, natural abaca fibers sewn shut with an unbleached natural cotton string and unbleached paper tag. The Original, Gourmet, and Wellness Teas** tea bags are all staple-free.

Is the tea in tea bags lower quality than loose leaf?

While loose leaf teas are a larger cut than tea bag cut teas, this does not mean that tea bag cut teas are of a lower quality. Care and handling in the cultivation and processing determines the quality of the teas, not the size of the leaf pieces themselves. Since tea bag cut teas have more smaller particles, and therefore more surface area than loose leaf teas, they typically brew faster and stronger than loose leaf. You’ll find quality, delicious teas in all our lines, whether tea bag cut or loose leaf.

What do the letters mean on your loose leaf teas?

These letters are a way of “grading” the leaf.

OP: Orange Pekoe, is the standard classification for the whole, thin leaf which is rolled lengthwise.

FOP: Flowery Orange Pekoe – is a bit fancier grade.

FBOP: Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe – the whole leaves are broken during processing, brewing a stronger tasting tea.

TGBOP: Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe – high grade tea, which includes the tips of the plant.

Are there flowers in your White Peony tea?

White Peony is the English translation of “Bai Mu Dan,” a classic Chinese style of creating white tea. No peonies are used in the production of the tea; it is a reference to the appearance of the leaves.

Are your teas Kosher?

All of our teas are Kosher certified by EarthKosher.

Are your teas Gluten-Free?

All of our teas are certified gluten-free. Our packaging is also gluten-free and our facility and packing equipment does not process anything with gluten, so there is no risk of cross-contamination.

Are all your teas Fair Trade Certified™?

We have one of the most extensive collections of Fair Trade Certified™ teas available. Not all our teas can be Fair Trade Certified because this distinction is only available for teas composed of ingredients that originate from certain countries where Fair Trade Certification is available. You can shop all of our Fair Trade Certified teas here.

Why are some of your teas in heat-sealed envelopes?

Our Gourmet line, Wellness Teas**, and Original Earl Grey & Decaffeinated Earl Grey use heat-sealed, polymer envelopes to maintain freshness and prevent the need for a cellophane outer wrap.

Do you use natural flavors?

We use organic flavors whenever possible, but sometimes the equivalent or desired flavor is not available in a certified organic form. USDA National Organic Program (NOP) rules for organic teas allow the use of natural flavors in organic foods if they are under 5% of the total volume and meet stringent rules of being created with natural ingredients and without synthetic substances.

Does your facility have a risk of cross-contact with allergens?

We are an allergen-free facility and only manufacture tea in our warehouse so there is no risk of cross-contact. While we do source our teas and herbs from all over the world, the farms we source from only process teas and herbs with no risk of cross-contact.

Where can I buy your teas?

Check out our store locator for your nearest local retailer, or head to our online shop to browse and purchase from the entire Choice Organic Teas selection.

Didn’t find the answer to your question?

E-mail INFO@CHOICEORGANICTEAS.COM or call 1-800-882-8943