Decaffeinating Tea in Three Simple Steps

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Recipe by Rita1652

This is from Dr Weil. If you prefer decaffeinated tea to regular, but want to avoid the chemical solvents many manufacturers use in the decaffeination process, you can remove about 80 percent of the caffeine yourself, through a few simple steps. As an added bonus, this method retains most of the flavor and the majority of teas' healthful polyphenols, which can be depleted in chemical decaffeination.Chemist Kathryn Petty adds the first thing released when tea is brewed is caffine,then the color and finally the flavor. Understandable! Oh don't throw the first batch away I'm sure your mulch pile or after cooled a plant would like it!

Top Review by carolinerocks

Delicious! I used to water down my tea a lot but this method is sooo much better - it produces a delicious refined flavor - perfect for iced tea with a little raw sugar added. A definite keeper!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Steep the tea for 30 seconds- 1 minute in hot water. This will release most of the caffeine into the water.
  2. Pour off this liquid and discard.
  3. Add more fresh hot water, steep as usual, add lemon, honey, milk iced or hot and enjoy!

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