How Much Caffeine Is In Tea?

We're breaking down the pick-me-up power of black, green and white teas

Every morning, millions of hardworking folks start their days off with a steaming-hot dose of pick-me-up goodness. But while many might view tea as a healthier, less caffeine-rich habit, the truth is a couple cups of loose-leaf can be surprisingly speedy.

So before you make the switch from java to jasmine, make sure you understand the caffeinated differences between black, green and white teas.

Black tea has significantly more caffeine than green or white tea.

According to Choice Organic Teas, an eight-ounce cup of white tea contains 30 to 55 milligrams of caffeine, while green tea has 35 to 70 milligrams. On the other hand, black tea, steeped for the same amount of time, boasts a full 60 to 90 milligrams. What's more, so-called decaffeinated tea is not exactly caffeine-free, containing about two to four milligrams a cup.

Yet despite tea's unexpectedly peppy kick, coffee remains the caffeine king.

Compare those numbers to an eight-ounce cup of coffee, which provides 150 to 200 milligrams of caffeine, and tea is clearly the less buzzy option. But let's not forget all the health benefits gained from drinking tea, like powerful antioxidants that can boost your immune system and help keep you chugging along throughout this year's cold season.