Caffeinated Iced Tea Instead of Coffee?
Are you in need of an afternoon pick-me-up but don’t want the coffee jitters? If so, perhaps it's time to swap over to a caffeinated iced tea!
Caffeinated iced tea is the perfect drink for a hot afternoon to get the boost you need to finish your day strong, without the jarring intensity of a coffee or energy drink.
Which type of tea is perfect for you? Learn more about nutritional benefits, the caffeine content of black and green teas, and our favorite tea blend. Then pick out the perfect tea for your next iced pitcher!
A Glimpse at Nutritional Value
Not only can tea be your source of caffeine, but it can also be a good source of nutrition! Teas can be a great source of hydration. Plus they contains lots of antioxidants that can help keep your body healthy!
Tea blends can offer even more nutritional value from their added fruits and herbs. For example, an adaptogen blend contains more health benefits than you can get from a straight black tea. If you're looking for a healthy tea, take a look at some blends and their ingredients so you can find the perfect tea for you! Our Caffeinated Iced Teas
Piper & Leaf offers a wide variety of caffeinated blends so you can find the perfect flavors for your delicious iced tea. Discover our favorite options for black tea blends, green tea, and more! Then make your perfect iced tea pitcher.
All the teas at Piper & Leaf “are made with ingredients straight from the garden, farm, forest, and briar patch.” All this to say, Piper & Leaf has several all-natural, tasty, and energizing teas that can solve your sluggish afternoon problem! Try a refreshing tea from Piper & Leaf and enjoy the perfect boost of energy.
Tea can also be very versatile, just like coffee. When you brew tea using the Piper Process (our favorite way of brewing here at Piper & Leaf), you'll make Concentrated Tea which stays fresh in the fridge for 3 weeks.
With this Concentrated Tea, you can quickly mix a ready-to-drink hot cup, an iced jar, or even a whole pitcher of caffeinated iced tea!
You can also use your Concentrated Tea to easily personalize every cup! Make each drink Your Way and get creative to make some truly delicious beverages.
Choose the amount of sugar that goes into your tea, mix in some milk or cream, or even create amazing special drinks. During the summer months, Piper & Leaf “Piperistas” at our shops can offer special-tea drinks with fresh strawberry juice. The fresh fruit adds a wonderful flavor kick.
Which Iced Tea Has the Most Caffeine?
Coffee is one of the most popular caffeinated beverages, but you can get nearly the same energy boost from some teas. Caffeine levels vary depending on the size of the drink and the brewing technique. Even so, mayoclinic.org gives a good general estimate for an 8oz cup. A cup of coffee can contain 62-96 milligrams of caffeine. On the other hand, black tea has around 47mg while green tea caffeine levels range between 19mg and 28mg of caffeine. Why Teas Vary So Much
The caffeine levels in different types of tea depend on the preparation technique used on the tea leaves. The processing method of the Camellia Sinensis plant (a.k.a "the tea plant") creates the tea types we all know and love. Leaves for black tea are withered and rolled, then fermented and oxidized. Green tea leaves are simply spread out and lightly heated (through steaming or pan-frying). The heating prevents the oxidation process, which keeps the caffeine in the leaves less concentrated than with black tea.
Too Much Caffeine or Not Enough?
The FDA has deemed 400 milligrams of caffeine a day generally safe for adults. So as long as you aren't drinking half a gallon at a time (hard to resist, I know), caffeinated iced tea is a great way to get your pick-me-up for the day!
If you still have an itch for a coffee, mix your Piper & Leaf Concentrated Tea into a coffee or espresso. This will give you an extra-strong caffeine boost (with amazing flavor). Or come by our shops to try our award-winning Nitro cold brew coffee with a shot of Tea Concentrate for a delicious and strongly caffeinated coffee drink! We can add an extra shot of espresso into your drink for even more caffeine; a great drink if you're pulling an all-nighter. Piper & Leaf can cover all of your caffeine needs!
Black Tea - High in Caffeine
Black Tea is a great option for higher caffeine content. The process for creating a black tea involves fermenting and oxidizing the Camellia Sinensis leaves. This results in a much stronger flavor (and caffeine content) than other types of tea.
Piper & Leaf has several different black tea blends, each as refreshing as the last! The flavors range from the traditional, southern Front Porch Special (a classic Earl Grey blend with jasmine & cornflowers) to light and fruity blends like our Lemon Berry Blush.
There are so many amazing choices for your next pitcher of caffeinated iced tea, no matter the occasion!
Rich, Dessert-Like Teas
Piper & Leaf also offers a few rich, ‘dessert’ flavors, like the Chocola-Tea. Our Chocola-Tea blend is one of our most caffeinated black teas, as it is made with cracked coffee beans and dairy-free chocolate.
We also have a sweet, rich Earl Grey blend. We infused our Old Fashioned Birthday Cake with vanilla and lavender to create something truly delicious!
These two blends are particularly tasty if you mix in some milk and top your cup with whipped cream! Or try either tea in your cup of coffee. This can create a mocha or vanilla latte, but with all-natural ingredients (unlike many flavored syrups).
Green Tea and Oolong - Less Caffeine
Though green tea has less caffeine than black tea, it is still a great and refreshing option for your afternoon pick-me-up. The Camellia Sinensis leaves in a green tea are lightly heated to prevent the oxidation process. This keeps the taste of the tea light and results in less caffeine in the final brew.
Piper & Leaf offers green teas such as one of our favorites, Sassyfrass Strawberry. This blend features strawberries and sarsaparilla, for a light and fruity taste that reminds you of your childhood summers.
Teatime Magazine awarded this blend "Best Iced Tea" in 2015, so it's one of our favorite go-to blends for a cool pitcher of caffeinated iced tea!
We also offer a unique seasonal blend called Springdrop Spritzer. This one is only available during the short months of spring! Springdrop Spritzer contains a light green tea with a bold herbal blend of rosemary, lemon, cardamom, and peppermint.
In addition to our delectable green teas, we also offer a milk oolong citrus blend called Capri Cream. This tea is creamy, yet fruity and is (of course) caffeinated.
How Oolongs Are Different
The process for creating oolong tea is similar to black tea.The leaves begin to ferment and oxidize. Like green tea, however, the leaves are lightly heated before they complete this process!
This results in partially oxidized leaves that create a delicious brew. Because of this, oolong teas have a stronger taste than a green tea, yet less caffeine than a black tea.
The milk oolong in our Capri Cream was heated with steamed milk. This gives the tea a creamy texture which pairs nicely with the persimmons and citrus for a pop of fruity flavor.