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Decaf Loose Leaf Tea

Decaf Loose Leaf Tea is becoming more popular these days. Click here to see our selection of decaf loose leaf teas.

Decaffeinating Tea Yourself-New Research

Recently there has been new research on this decaffeination process.  Although it is only one study, the results look pretty convincing.  Originally it was reported that you could decaf your own tea and it would take out about 80% of the caffeine.  After examining the study it appears that this is not the case.  The study didn’t examine how much caffeine was extracted after 30 seconds, but it appears that it does not take out 80% as originally thought.  More research obviously needs to be done.  But if you’re in a pinch and need to do something, you can try this method. If you are allergic to caffeine, then try an herbal tisane such as a Rooibos tea which has no caffeine instead.

It is important to begin with a quality premium loose leaf tea, then follow these steps:

  • Fill kettle with freshly drawn cold water.
  • Bring kettle to boil.
  • Place tea sock/infuser in tea cup. (even if you are making a pot, use a cup first to decaf leaves)
  • Add one teaspoon of tea per cup. (For large tea pot use 4 teaspoons or our tea measure spoon)
  • Pour enough boiling water into cup to *just cover* leaves.
  • Wait 20-30 seconds, remove tea sock/infuser.
  • Discard the water from the tea cup-this is where all the caffeine is.
  • Pour more boiling water through the wet leaves in the tea sock/infuser and fill the pot.
  • Steep for 3-5 minutes according to tea type.
  • Decant or remove tea sock/infuser with leaves. Stir and serve.


To see our list of already decaf loose leaf tea click here.