maypo52 wrote:1. Are all black teas caffeinated and which ones contain the most caffeine?
2. Do the other teas (herbal and green) contain any caffeine?
3. I assume the flavored teas do contain caffeine unless they are decaf. Is that correct?
4. One more question for now: I read on the TeaChat board about multiple infusions. After the first brewing (infusion?), what do you do with the used leaves until you want to use them again? Do you dry them out, then reuse? How do you save them?
Sorry for so many questions.
Regards to all,
1. All black teas come from the same plant, so yes, they are all caffeinated. As to which is most, I don't know. My guess is for ceylon or assam.
2.Herbal tea is not really tea, but a tisane drink made from herbs. Usually these are caffeine-free. All "tea" that comes from the camellia sinensis bush/tree have caffeine (this includes black, green, oolong, white, yellow, pu-erh).
3. Yes, the flavored teas are teas with additional flavoring. Also, decaffeinated teas still have a small amount of caffeine.
4. Most people re-infuse immediately after their first cup (Be aware that black tea is not best for re-infusing. Most people just infuse black tea once, and sometimes twice). If not immediately after, I will let the leaves sit in the pot for a couple hours (3 at most usually), then re-infuse. Some people re-infuse even the day after, but I don't recommend this.
Good luck with your tea journey Mark!