Ever been frustrated that your favorite tea does not come in a decaf version, or that it costs double the price of the regular? Well after reading this article you will be able to turn any regular tea into a decaf tea, without spending even a penny.
In order to decide how we should decaffeinate tea, we should see what the companies producing decaf teas are doing.
Basically, methods could be divided into chemical involved and non chemical methods. The chemical process usually uses as a solvent ethyl acetate, which takes out most of the caffeine, but also lots of the taste and about 70 % of the so valuable polyphenols (one of the main reasons why tea is health beneficial).
On the other hand the non chemical methods (usually using water and carbon dioxide) are gentler to the tea and preserve much more of the flavor and nutrients. Nevertheless you are sure that no hazardous ingredients were added to your drink.
Now that we know how companies make decaf tea, lets see how we can do it on our own at home. First you should prepare the water for the tea at the usual way (using the correspondent quantity and temperature for the type of tea). Second, steep the tea for 45 seconds and discard the liquid. Third, use the tea to steep your now decaf tea. It’s as simple as this! If you don’t like the idea of throwing away anything, then you can use the first brew to water your plants (once it is cooled of course!!)
Congratulations! Now you are ready to brew and serve to your friends your own home made decaf tea.