February 04, 2019 3 min read 25 Comments

Which Teas Give You a Burst of Energy?

The word "tea" is officially used to describe brewed beverages made from the Camellia sinensis plant; however, many other drinks, including herbal tea, yerba mate, bottled teas with added ingredients and certain coffeehouse concoctions are often described as "teas" as well. Of these drinks, teas that contain caffeine and sugar may provide a rush of energy; however, it's important to remember that the burst of energy you get from stimulants or sugar is only temporary and may be followed by an unpleasant "crash."

Black Tea

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Of all brewed teas, black teas, made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, generally provide the most energy-boosting caffeine. Black tea, the most popular type of tea worldwide, according to StarChefs.com, is made by fully fermenting harvested tea leaves for several hours before the heating or drying stages of the tea-making process occur. The oxidation provided by the lengthy fermenting process gives black tea its dark color and high caffeine content. An 8-ounce cup of black tea provides 60 to 90 milligrams of caffeine -- about half the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee. There are many varieties of black tea, such as Keemun and Assam, as well as flavor-infused black teas and black tea blends such as Earl Gray or English Breakfast.

Other Camellia sinensis Teas

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Other popular types of tea made from the Camellia sinensis plant include green tea, oolong tea, and white tea. These teas also provide an energizing jolt of caffeine, although it may be more subtle than the kick you get from black tea. Green tea typically provides 35 to 75 milligrams of caffeine; oolong tea provides 50 to 75 milligrams of caffeine, and white tea provides 30 to 55 milligrams. Although they all come from the same plant, green, oolong, and white teas contain less caffeine than black teas because of the different ways they are produced. Both white and green teas are unfermented, while oolong tea is fermented, but for a shorter length of time than black tea.

Yerba Mate

Calabash and Yerba Mate
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While not everyone considers yerba mate to be "tea" as it doesn't come from the Camellia sinensis plant, yerba mate is like tea in that it is an energizing drink made from brewed plant leaves. A traditional drink in several South American countries, yerba mate is made from the stems and leaves of a subtropical rainforest tree. Yerba mate contains caffeine or a similarly-stimulating variant of caffeine, although proponents say that consuming yerba mate doesn't cause the "crash" that typically follows consumption of other caffeinated beverages. According to a major U.S. vendor of yerba mate, one teabag of traditional yerba mate provides the equivalent of 45 milligrams of caffeine. Yerba mate also provides vitamins, minerals and amino acids that may also contribute to its energizing effects.

Sugary Teas

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Teas with added sugar may include home-brewed tea to which you add sugar, sweet "tea latte" drinks served at coffeehouses or bottled tea drinks that include added sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. The sugar content in such teas, especially if the tea is caffeinated as well, may provide a temporary "rush" of energy. However, like a caffeine buzz, a sugar high may be followed by a crash during which you feel even more tired than you were before you consumed the sugar. Alertness provided by sugar is also shorter-lived than that offered by caffeine, and sugary drinks may lead to obesity and tooth decay. The National Institutes of Health recommends limiting added sugars in your diet.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES
Blog post from Livestrong


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Samantha Flores
Samantha Flores

February 13, 2019

Very informative post! I did not know much about teas giving you energy until reading this.

vaishali
vaishali

February 13, 2019

I am not much of a tea drinker but good to learn about these teas.

Glorious Heights
Glorious Heights

February 12, 2019

This is a Great post I still need to find the perfect tea for me. Thanks for sharing 👍🏻

Samar
Samar

February 12, 2019

I am going to save it for my future reference :D

Thanks for sharing.

Ishani Nath
Ishani Nath

February 12, 2019

This post is just for me as I am a tea addict and I also belong to the tea state Assam, India. Such a detailed post on various kinds of tea. Love reading it.

Binge on Basics
Binge on Basics

February 12, 2019

I am always up for good sugary tea. Tea make me feel relaxed and stress free. Thanks for sharing

Shirin
Shirin

February 11, 2019

Yerba mate tea! Never heard before. Need to try this😊

Luna S
Luna S

February 11, 2019

I am not a tea drinker but this sounds pretty helpful! I like that it gives you energy.

Ivan Jose
Ivan Jose

February 11, 2019

I drink green tea from time to time but I much prefer a hot cup of coffee. Perks me up really well.

Monidipa Dutta
Monidipa Dutta

February 11, 2019

I am basically a black coffee person but if I have to go for tea I prefer black strong tea.

Folabest
Folabest

February 11, 2019

This is highly informative but I always prefer the black tea.

Yonnah M
Yonnah M

February 10, 2019

I love this post. I am a huge tea drinker so I’m always interested in finding more!

Aakanksha
Aakanksha

February 10, 2019

I generally love milk masala tea. That’s my favourite. Though I have developed a taste for black teas especially Roselle tea which is one of my favorites.

Hannah
Hannah

February 10, 2019

I was just wondering about how different types of teas are made yesterday! So interesting to learn that black, green, oolong and white teas are all from the same plant, and that therefore they’re the only TRUE teas. Thanks for teaching!

Mimi
Mimi

February 10, 2019

I love all kinds of tea! I recent got into it and didnt initially realize how close in caffine black tea was to coffee. Im going to look into Yerba Mate tea!

Tiffany
Tiffany

February 10, 2019

Wow, I really liked learning about Yerba Mate tea! I have heard of it before but had no idea it has 45mg of caffeine!!

I myself LOVE black tea and really need to swap that out more often when drinking coffee!

Jolie Starrett
Jolie Starrett

February 10, 2019

I am not a coffee drinker and have iced black tea each morning.

Ashli
Ashli

February 10, 2019

I’ve always wanted to try Black Tea! I am a big green tea drinker but sometimes I know I need a change. I am on the hunt for the PERFECT tea pot though so I have been slacking on all my teas in general. I am going to have to save your post to remember this in the future!

Juli
Juli

February 10, 2019

I always love me some black tea! Such a great way to start off your morning.

Cendu
Cendu

February 10, 2019

Very informative. I always love to start my day with a black tea

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