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It was too simple to be true.

For years, many of us in the tea industry have been guilty of touting an at-home decaffeination procedure that gave wide-eyed hope to tea lovers who wanted great taste and less caffeine. The modus operandi went something like this: Caffeine is water-soluble. Thus, it is one of the first ingredients released into the water during the steeping process. Be assured that 80% of the caffeine in either a teabag or loose tea leaves is released after a 30-second infusion. Simply pour off the initial wash and then re-infuse the tea leaves with hot water and brew as usual. You have saved yourself from 25mg of caffeine and your cardiologist will be happy.

If it was that easy, there would be little use for all the effort and money expended to commercially decaffeinate tea...

Tea Caffeine

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