The CO2 process delivers a natural, de-caffeinated tea in the purest way possible. Carbon dioxide, acting as a solvent in a super critical state under high-pressure & low temperature, dissolves all active components from natural materials in the leaf. By varying the extraction/separation pressures & temperatures, CO2 makes it possible to selectively extract only the caffeine, leaving the flavor intact. As a solvent, carbon dioxide is non-toxic, odorless, tasteless, germicidal, food-safe & non-combustible & the process does not cause environmental harm.
NOTE: Individuals who are truly caffeine sensitive might consider avoiding decaffeinated products as there will always be some caffeine remaining. It is impossible to determine the levels of caffeine left in any product that has undergone any decaffeination process without sending it to a lab. Please see the TISANE category for excellent alternatives.
All items listed under the Tisane category are comprised of herbs, fruits, florals &/or spices. These items are naturally caffeine-free, meaning there was never any caffeine to be removed. For individuals who are caffeine sensitive, the best options are Tisanes.
There is much controversy surrounding caffeine & its effects. Taken in moderation, caffeine increases alertness, reviving the spirits of the tea drinker. Tea contains caffeine. Tea, per pound of tea leaf, contains more caffeine than coffee per pound of bean. But because more ground coffee is typically used to brew a cup of coffee than tea is used for a cuppa, the average cup of tea contains less than half the caffeine than the average cup of coffee. One cannot generally tell the amount of caffeine based on the taste of the tea. Caffeine content in tea depends on where the tea was grown, the method or style of infusing, the type of tea & the temperature of tea & the temperature of the water. Contrary to popular opinon, green tea does not necessarily contain less caffeine than black tea, although because green leaves are generally from var. Sinensis Chinese shrubs, they will sometimes produce a beverage which has lower amounts of caffeine than black teas, typically produced from var. Assamica Indian teas.