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Caffeine in Green Tea
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Your guide to green tea and caffeine

Green tea is a great pick-me-up, with more and more people choosing it as their go-to drink. This green brew has a rich history and has been revered across Asia for well over 1,000 years, with many learned ‘tea masters’ extolling its virtues. 

While coffee might now be thought of as people’s pick-me-up of choice, green tea also enjoys a rich history as a stimulating drink. According to popular legend, an Ethiopian goatherder stumbled across coffee in around 850 AD, when he spotted his goats, having eaten coffee beans, prancing in a field. But it was 3,500 years earlier when Chinese Emperor Shen Nong discovered the delights of green tea . Let’s lift the lid on your caffeine-related green tea questions.

Does green tea have caffeine?

It does! Green tea comes from exactly the same plant, the camellia sinensis, as all other ‘true’ teas – black, white and oolong, all of which contain the stimulant caffeine. Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance and can be found in around 60 plant species including tea, coffee and cocoa.

Tea leaves

The exact amount of caffeine in different green tea blends depends on the types of leaves and which region they are from. Other factors, like brewing time and the amount of tea leaves used, can also affect the amount of caffeine in green tea.

Of course, caffeine is known for its energizing properties, so if you’re sensitive to caffeine later in the day, avoid caffeine-rich drinks before bedtime. You can find more tips on improving your sleep habits here

Perfect Green tea

What is the average green tea caffeine content?

If you're trying to reduce your caffeine intake, you're in luck - the average cup of green tea contains less caffeine than black tea! Let's break it down: 

  • Both Lipton Green Tea and Lipton Matcha Green Tea contain between 28-38 mg of caffeine.
  • That means they’re less caffeinated than  black tea such as Lipton Extra Bold, which contains around 38-45mg of caffeine per 8 fl oz. serving.
  •  In comparison, coffee, according to USDA, contains around 95mg of caffeine a cup.
  • If you’re after a decaffeinated variety, Lipton Decaffeinated Green Tea contains less than 1mg per 8 fl oz.
  • For alternative caffeine-free tea options, you can explore our delicious Lipton herbal caffeine-free selections.

It’s official then: green tea is the lower-caffeine cuppa to conquer the afternoon slump. There’s plenty of choice too. Classic blends such as Lipton Green Tea or the fruitier Red Goji Raspberry Green Tea offer delicious alternatives to black tea. You can find Lipton green tea caffeine information on each product page - remember, the longer you brew, the more caffeine there will be in your tea. 

Which green tea should I choose?

If you feel like you’re in hot water with deadlines, or just need some get for your go, an earthy, umami Lipton Matcha Green Tea can help you find your focus, feel balanced and embrace whatever comes your way.

If Lipton Pure Green Tea is your go-to and you want to mix things up, why not try other flavors from the range?

  • Herbal and botanical blends such as Miracle Moringa Herbal Supplement with Green Tea
  • Fruity numbers such as Cranberry Pomegranate Green Tea 
  • Earthy, umami blends such as the Magnificent Matcha range.