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Comment: I've been told over the years by people i trust that Tea has more
caffeine than Coffee. A web search hasn't totally clarified the matter
for me.

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Wouldn't the caffeine content of either be variable? Depending on growth situations, processing and preparation?

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There is some overlap with some teas having more and some coffees having less, but on average coffee is more potent in the caffeine department than tea: Caffeine health info:

quote:
Coffee, brewed - 40 to 180 mg. per cup

Coffee, instant - 30 to 120 mg. per cup

Coffee, decaffeinated - 3 to 5 mg. per cup

Tea, brewed American - 20 to 90 mg. per cup

Tea, brewed imported - 25 to 110 mg. per cup

Tea, instant - 28 mg. per cup

Cocoa - 4 mg. per cup

Chocolate, milk - 3 to 6 mg. per ounce

Chocolate - bittersweet - 25 mg. per ounce

Cola and other soft drinks, containing caffeine - 36 to 90 mg. per 12 ounces



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Supposedly the caffeine in tea is different than caffeine in coffee. It's called theine.
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quote:
Originally posted by damsa:
Supposedly the caffeine in tea is different than caffeine in coffee. It's called theine.

They are one and the same thing.

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I didn't realise dark chocolate was so potent - that's interesting. I've always thought an average cup of tea has about half the amount of caffeine as the average cup of coffee.

I was reading in the paper yesterday that the overpriced and unpleasant fizzy drink 'Red Bull' is already banned in two European countries, and there are talks to ban it here in Britain too, or perhaps banning it to just the under 16s. The only reason the article gave for the potential ban was that each can contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. If that's all that the problem is, why is that so bad? Why not ban coffee too by that logic? I couldn't work out what it was about.

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Drink Jay Tea - a special blend - often bitter and hard to swallow, but well rounded in the finish [Wink]

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I'd rather drink Gatorade than coffee in the morning.

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I think the issue with Red Bull is that you could, without much trouble, suck down 3 or 4 of 'em in one sitting. (Obviously you'd have to be pretty much wealthy to afford that, though.) You won't see a whole lot of people shotgunning cup after cup of coffee. It's hot, and generally if it's cold it's got a lot of other stuff mixed in with it. I do find it funny that Red Bull reaps the focus of this when at least in the U.S. most of the other energy drinks come in cans at LEAST twice that size (Monster, Rockstar, Full Throttle, etc.)

It's also worth noting that the breed of tea depends a great deal on its caffeine content
here is a good link http://www.republicoftea.com/pages/caffeine.asp. White tea and green tea have far less caffeine than black tea (which is what most people think of when they think "tea", Earl Grey and all that.)

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I thought it was the Taurine in Red Bull that was the problem, although (ahem) apparently that's a myth and the reason that it's banned in some countries is indeed the caffeine...
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one other problem with Red Bull is that if mixed with alcohol (i.e. the mucho tasty "Cherry Bomb" made with Red Bull and Three Olives Cherry Vodka), the energy rush masks the effects of the alcohol, making you feel less drunk than you really are. Which can be dangerous on the roadways, and hilarious at the Karaoke bar.
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but... you can get alcoholic coffees too. Or the DIY method which ends up with such terrible concoctions as tequila coffee. That was bad... I have issues with such laws designed to protect ourselves from our own stupidity. Red Bull has been advertised as controversially high in caffeine for years, if you want to knock back eight and have a mild rush, you're an idiot.

Annnyway, according to QI, per gram tea contains more caffeine, but when brewed an average cup of coffee contains more caffeine.

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quote:
Originally posted by Archie2K:
but... you can get alcoholic coffees too. Or the DIY method which ends up with such terrible concoctions as tequila coffee.

Again, I think the idea is that you're not going to knock back 8 hot coffees unless you have a mouth and throat made of steel.

This isn't necessarily true (I don't want anyone to think I'm presenting this as undisputable FACT) but I think this is the REASONING behind this.

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It's not easy to knock back Red Bulls per se, but I suppose it'd be possible. I've certainly done four in one night before, generally when I want to go home but everyone else, being a lazy student, is still wide awake at 1am. wahhhhh

It's not also unheard of for me to partake on asveral coffees. I normally start a day with two, and if tired can easily double that.

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It actually surprises me that I have seen on several occasions, caffeinated candy. Target sells Mad Croc caffeinated gum (two pieces=one cup of strong coffee) and Penguin peppermints (two mints=one "cola drink"). It seems like if there's that kind of backlash against red bull, it's a little shocking that these kinds of things are just out there (and not terribly well labeled)
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