Does Cooked Puerh Have Caffeine?

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Does Cooked Puerh Have Caffeine?

Postby heatwaves » Jun 1st, '07, 18:35

Some of you may think this is a very silly question.

I always thought that cooked puerh had a copious amount of caffiene, but a chinese friend of mine said that there is almost no caffiene in cooked puerh. She said that the caffiene is eliminated during the cooking process. Is this correct?

I was SURE that it had caffeine, but after hearing her thoughts I'm not so sure.
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Postby Space Samurai » Jun 1st, '07, 18:48

I don't know. I do know that puerh starts out as a green tea, so I've always assumeth that the caffien content of puerh was similar to green tea.
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Jun 1st, '07, 19:27

As far as I know, the "cooking" process is nothing harsher than spritzing the tea with water and leaving them under thermal blankets for a while. I don't think this is enough to remove the caffeine, so my gut tells me your friend is wrong. I'm not very sensitive to caffeine, so I can't say from personal experience whether or not there is caffeine, though.

Hojicha, on the other hand, is green tea that is roasted and it is essentially caffeine free, so I could see why there would be confusion.
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Postby shen » Jul 11th, '07, 20:15

Yep! Green. Raw. Cooked. Ripe. Sheng. Shu. It's all got caffeine.
But, it is one delicious tea!
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