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How Much Caffeine Is in Yorkshire Gold Tea?

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How Much Caffeine Is in Yorkshire Gold Tea?
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Yorkshire Gold Tea is a brand of black tea manufactured by the English company Taylors of Harrogate. Aside from tea, Taylors of Harrogate also provides consumers with a variety of products for tea time, such as sweet cakes and collectible items. Although the exact amount of caffeine in the Yorkshire Gold Tea blend varies, the decaffeinated version is a viable option for individuals wishing to monitor their caffeine intake.

Factors Influencing Caffeine

According to The Fragrant Leaf, two factors that influence the amount of caffeine in a cup of tea are the type of tea leaves and the brewing method. Soil chemistry, altitude, the tea leaves' position on the tea plant and cultivation practices all affect the amount of caffeine in tea leaves. During the brewing process, the size and amount of tea leaves, water temperature and brewing time impact how much caffeine is released into the water. Generally speaking, the average amount of caffeine in a typical cup of tea ranges between 1.4 percent and 4.5 percent. Furthermore, the Department of Nutritional Services reports that a cup of black tea contains anywhere between 23 and 110 mg of caffeine.

Background Information

Yorkshire Gold Tea is a brand of black tea. The tea leaves in Yorkshire Gold are cultivated in the gardens of Assam, Rwanda and East Africa. After the tea leaves have been harvested, usually during the second growth period in Assam and peak season in Rwanda and East Africa, they are then processed before transportation to the U.K.

Brewing Methods

Yorkshire Tea recommends using fresh water for steeping the tea bag because using water that has been boiled more than once will result in a "flat" tasting tea. With the tea bag already set in the mug, pour the freshly boiled water directly onto the tea bag for better infusion. Allow the tea bag to sit for two to three minutes before removing it. While these instructions work well for most individuals, those wishing to regulate their caffeine intake may do so by slightly tweaking their brewing method. The Fragrant Leaf reports that 80 percent of the caffeine contained in tea leaves is extracted within 30 seconds of steeping. If you wish to limit your caffeine intake, steep the tea bag in hot water for 45 seconds before draining the liquid. Steeping the tea bag a second time will dilute the concentration of caffeine.

Caffeine in Yorkshire Gold Tea

According to Chloe Darcy, customer services representative for Taylors of Harrogate, the caffeine figures for Yorkshire Gold Tea is unavailable. Darcy states, "Although the blends of types of tea used may vary, the plant itself is the same. Therefore... similar levels will apply to all. Furthermore, as the caffeine is naturally occurring, the specific level may vary. Other factors, such as the number of tea bags used and brewing time, will also affect the level of caffeine within the cup and so it is very difficult to be too prescriptive in stating actual levels of caffeine 'as consumed.' However, the typical caffeine levels for tea are around 2.5%. This is not a specific figure for Yorkshire Tea, but an approximate figure for tea in general."

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