How is Traidcraft Tea Decaffeinated?
On average, around 165 million cups of tea are consumed every day in Britain. For many of us, our morning cup of tea is a ritual that we wouldn’t feel quite right (or awake!) without.
But for a lot of us, the caffeine that increases alertness and energy is not an option, whether it be due to health or personal preference, which is exactly where our decaffeinated tea comes in.
There are two ways in which caffeine can be extracted from tea; either using a solvent or a super-critical method. The super-critical method is the same as we use in our decaffeination of coffee beans, but this is too robust for the fragile, dried tea leaves. Super-critical methods use carbon dioxide, rather than a solvent, which subjects the leaves to extreme temperatures and therefore damages the leaves, flavour qualities and beneficial chemicals.
With Traidcraft’s popular decaffeinated tea, the caffeine is removed from the dried leaves, but vitally, the natural health benefits, the anti-oxidants and, most-importantly, the flavour, are all preserved. It’s a gentle and carefully controlled process that protects the delicate nature of the tea leaf. We’ve used this tried and tested method for years, so rest assured, you’re in good hands!
How is our Traidcraft Breakfast Blend Decaffeinated Tea decaffeinated?
The simple process uses a solvent called methylene chloride, which is widely used throughout the food industry, for example, in hop extraction in the beer industry, or an alternative way to decaffeinate coffee beans.
During the whole tea decaffeination process, nothing other than water and solvent touches the tea leaves. At the end of the decaffeination process, the tea leaves have trace amounts of methylene chloride (5ppm). However, methylene chloride completely evaporates at 40°C, so once you’ve poured in the boiling water to make your cuppa, there’ll be no solvent is left - just delicious tea!
It is important to remember that it is impossible to remove 100% of the caffeine from tea; our method ensures that the final product contains between 0.1 and 0.2% caffeine.
To find out more about your decaf coffee bean’s journey from source to sip, why not come with us on a journey to the glorious mountains of South-Western Uganda, to Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union (ACPCU Ltd.) and see for yourself.