TeaSo I was asked to kick the coffee habit and I completely agree. Even though I was drinking about 20oz of decaf a day along with some heavy cream, I decided that it was useless as a beverage at that point. So naturally I fell back on my interest of pu-erh tea, white teas, and green. The varietal of pu-erh tea that I currently own is a rare type and was a gift so I keep that for special occasions. The white teas that I own are pretty nice.

When I was in China a few years ago on business, I discovered Shou-Mei white tea at one of the restaurants we frequented. I wrote it down and when I came home I discovered our local Asian markets had cases of the stuff for pennies and was indeed the same varietal.

My MD said to me that I should avoid salt and caffeine at all costs. He asked me to drink “decaf.” Now I won’t go into the process of making coffee and teas decaf, but I will mention this:

1Indirect Method of decaffeination: “[Then] the beans are removed and either methylene chloride or ethyl acetate is used to extract the caffeine from the water.”

Wait, what?

So, I mentioned to him I was going to drink Green tea. He immediately said “No. I said none.” So of course I dug into this dilemma and learned that white teas have the least amount yet there is something else I liked about this tea.

2A 2009 Kingston University study showed that white tea had high anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-collagenase, and anti-elastase properties which could potentially reduce the risks of developing rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, heart disease & slow the enzymatic break down of elastin and collagen (ie wrinkles or sagging) which accompany aging.

Cool. So today I made a nice pot using 1 tablespoon of shou-mei from a box I had at home. My pot is about 24oz and with that single tablespoon, it yields a great pot of tea.

For further info on caffeine and contents I will post some info here on my discovery.

3Drip Coffee contains 145 milligrams of caffeine for 8oz (varies from 115mg-178mg)

Tea ( white) contains 15 milligrams of caffeine for 8oz (again varies based on brewing methods, and quality of tea.)

Tea (Green) contains 25milligrams of caffeine for 8oz (again varies here)

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decaffeination
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_tea
[3] http://www.energyfiend.com/the-caffeine-database

— Daniel Merk

POSTED BY Daniel Merk | 06:51pm 26th-Feb, 2010