Good black decaf?

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Good black decaf?

Postby caligatia » Sep 17th, '08, 14:27

Anyone know of a good black decaf? I love black teas, but I'm trying to cut down on my caffeine intake...

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Re: Good black decaf?

Postby shogun89 » Sep 17th, '08, 15:16

caligatia wrote:Anyone know of a good black decaf? I love black teas, but I'm trying to cut down on my caffeine intake...


You can have any black tea you want with almost no caffeine. Take you pot and leaves and pour boiling water in, let steep for about 10 seconds pour this brew down the drain, refill pot with water steep for desired time and drink your 95% caffeine free black tea. :D

Its that easy! Hope this helped!

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Re: Good black decaf?

Postby Salsero » Sep 17th, '08, 16:23

shogun89 wrote: You can have any black tea you want with almost no caffeine.
Sorry, Shogun, although this is an oft repeated urban myth (yes, even tea has them!) it is very wrong. See Mary R's TeaMuse article and a search of the forum will show lots of discussion.

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Re: Good black decaf?

Postby shogun89 » Sep 17th, '08, 16:27

Salsero wrote:
shogun89 wrote: You can have any black tea you want with almost no caffeine.
Sorry, Shogun, although this is an oft repeated urban myth (yes, even tea has them!) it is very wrong. See Mary R's TeaMuse article and a search of the forum will show lots of discussion.


Huh, thanks for pointing that out for me Sal. I hate giving wrong information!
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Re: Good black decaf?

Postby Salsero » Sep 17th, '08, 16:31

shogun89 wrote: I hate giving wrong information!
No problem. I looooove correcting people!

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Postby caligatia » Sep 17th, '08, 16:56

Thanks, Sal! I'd heard that myth before and thought it was fact...

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Postby Chip » Sep 17th, '08, 17:25

I remember posting this suggestion myself. It is too bad it is not true. I got the info from vendors. :roll:

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Postby Jack_teachat » Sep 17th, '08, 17:58

How about just discarding the first brew altogether, not that I condone such behaviour :lol:

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Postby Salsero » Sep 17th, '08, 18:43

Jack_teachat wrote: How about just discarding the first brew altogether, not that I condone such behaviour
Here is a post by Alan Lewis from Yahoo's TeaMail with a handy shorthand way to estimate the caffeine remaining in your tea:

    Aug 8, 2008
    All;

    Here's a simple shorthand for the "caffeine removal" data (originally
    from Nigel):

    "Caffeine has a half-life of 3 minutes."

    or, more accurately but less succinctly:

    "Caffeine in tea leaves has a half-life of 3 minutes when exposed to
    boiling water."

    The numbers cited follow a classic "half-life" progression. (Don't be
    scared; it's math, but it's very simple math. And it doesn't have
    anything to do with radioactivity, at least not in this case.)

    In the test data, you can see that about 1/2 of the caffeine is removed
    from the tea leaves after 3 minutes. But that doesn't mean that all of
    the caffeine is removed after 6 minutes. Instead, after each 3 minutes,
    1/2 of the _remaining_ caffeine is removed. This applies for each 3
    minute interval:

    Steep time Amount of caffeine remaining Caffeine removed
    ----------- ------------------------------------- ----------------
    3 minutes 1/2 = 50% 50%
    6 minutes 1/2 x 1/2 = 25% 75%
    9 minutes 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 = 12.5% 87.5%
    12 minutes 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 = 6.25% 93.75%
    15 minutes 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 = 3.125% 96.875%

    This "model" matches the test data very nicely, except for the 15 minute
    mark, where the test data says 100% of the caffeine has been removed
    from the tea leaves.

    Sincerely, Alan D. Lewis


Assuming that the method is accurate, 3 minutes in boiling water will reduce your caffeine by one half.

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Postby Chip » Sep 17th, '08, 20:18

Does this mean that boiling water poured over the leaf, or leaf remaining in actual boiling water?

I googled alan lewis teamail and only found this topic, nothing else. Any more info on this Sal?

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