Chai tea is delicious (everyone here at Sin Columna, our tea blog agrees!) However, those of you concerned about the caffeine content in chai tea might wonder "how much caffeine in chai tea -- and how can I make a low-caffeine cup for myself?".
If you are looking for a healthy, low-caffeine version of chai tea, look no more. Here is the perfect chai tea recipe for those of you who want to get as little caffeine in their bodies as possible.
So, How Much Caffeine Is There in Chai Tea?
A cup (or glass) or chai tea can contain anywhere from 40-120 milligrams of caffeine. This might seem like a lot to some of you, and it can be a lot for people who are particularly caffeine-sensitive.
By comparison, green tea has about 25-35 milligrams of caffeine per cup, while black tea has about 50-70 milligrams of caffeine. So, chai tea definitely falls into the "black tea" category when it comes to caffeine levels.
And if you want to push the comparison even further, keep in mind that coffee contains about 95-200 milligrams of caffeine per cup. So, chai tea is definitely on the high(er) end when it comes to caffeine levels.
However, all is not lost. There are ways to make a low-caffeine cup of chai tea that still tastes delicious. Here's how:
How Can I Make a Low-Caffeine Version of Chai Tea?
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make your chai tea have less caffeine.
First, try using decaffeinated black tea bags instead of caffeinated ones. This will reduce the caffeine levels in your drink by about half.
Second, try using a smaller amount of black tea bags. This will also reduce the caffeine levels in your brew.
Last, but definitely not least, try using more milk, as this will dilute the caffeine contents of the chai tea latte.
Here's a quick low-caf chai latte recipe to try.
- 1 cup of mild brewed chai tea (decaffeinated if desired)
- 1/2 cup of milk or unsweetened plant-based milk
- 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup (optional)
- Spices : 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom, and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Heat the milk in a small pot on the stove until it is hot but not boiling.
- Brew the chai tea according to the instructions on the package.
- Pour the chai tea into a mug, and then add the hot milk
- Add the honey or maple syrup, if desired.
- Carefully pour the hot milk into the mug or glass, and stir everything together.
- Sprinkle in the spices, and enjoy!
Low-Caffeine Chai Tea FAQs:
Is there caffeine in chai tea?
Yes, chai tea contains caffeine because it is based on black tea, which is in itself a caffeinated drink.
How much caffeine is in chai tea?
A cup of chai tea can contain anywhere between 40-120 milligrams of caffeine, depending on how strong your black tea brew is and how much you dilute it with milk.