Why decaffeinated tea tastes so bad, and what we offer instead!
Unlike naturally caffeine-free herbal teas, artificially decaffeinated teas are highly processed. The phrases “decaffeinated” and “naturally caffeine free” are not synonymous. Decaffeinated refers to teas that have gone through a process of decaffeination. Herbal teas and tisanes are naturally caffeine free blends of leaves, stalks, petals and spices.
Here are two reasons we don’t offer decaf teas:
Decaf tea gets stripped of many flavors and health benefits.
We all know tea and tisanes are healthful beverages. But decaffeinated teas? Not so much.The decaffeination process doesn’t only remove caffeine, it takes away the leaves’ precious flavors and polyphenols wrapped in other compounds that are carried away by solvents during the chemical process.
Decaffeinated tea may also contain undesirable chemicals. There are four main chemical processes that decaffeinate tea: Carbon Dioxide, Ethyl Acetate, Methylene Chloride and Water Processing. Depending on the processing, decaf tea is not without its undesirable drawbacks.
Decaf tea isn’t really caffeine-free.
“Decaffeinated” tea only needs to contain less than 2.5% of its original caffeine content. So it’s not fully caffeine free, which can be a concern for those who are caffeine intolerant.
A better choice? Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are bold, delicate, sweet, herbaceous and naturally caffeine free. Unlike the chemically processed decafs, herbal teas taste great and are 100% caffeine free in their pure and natural state.
Unless one of our blends has true tea (white, green, oolong, black or pu-erh), yerba mate (which contains caffeine) or chocolate (which contains trace amounts of caffeine), it is caffeine-free.
They are not “decaf” though—decaf means that caffeine has been chemically removed, and we do not decaffeinate any teas. These herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free.
Here are a few of our favorite herbal teas, enjoyable day or night:
Tropical Tulsi Herbal Tea
This blend not only boasts a profusion of fruit notes, but a showy array of tropical colors. Its lushly tropical flavor balances strong notes of papaya with the sweetness of apple bits, the cherry-like tart-sweetness of rosehips and orange peel.
Blueberries & Cream Rooibos
This gorgeous herbal blend combines violet-hued cornflowers with orangey-brown rooibos. This rooibos is ruby red in color, with aromas of homemade blueberry jam and lightly sweetened yogurt with a lingering aftertaste of fresh, ripe blueberries.
Peppermint Herbal Tea
Clean, sweet and invigorating, this is our go-to herb whenever we need to clear our head or get a caffeine-free pick-me-up. Bursting with flavor, the bright notes of peppermint candy with deep earthy undertones fill each sip.
Majestic Mango Herbal Fruit Tea
This fruit-centric blend is wildly juicy. Tropical fruits brew up into a sunny yellow infusion. The aroma is sweet, exotic and tangy. A burst of summer any time of year.
Red Bush Chai
Ah, chai… so warming, and this one is naturally caffeine free. A focus on cinnamon and star anise deepens the spiciness as well as the richness of this blend, while organic rooibos and honeybush lend to the sweetness.
Here at Fusion Teas, we are passionate about providing fantastic teas from around the world. Our diverse, premium selection includes more than 100 loose-leaf teas and tisanes. Try our flavorful, good-for-you, naturally caffeine-free herbal teas and tisanes!