How Much Caffeine is in Chai?
Masala Chai (which means 'spiced tea') is traditionally made with Black Tea, and yes, Black Tea does contain caffeine. It’s significantly less than Coffee, but yes - there is caffeine in it.
Caffeine can be found in around 60 species of plants, including coffee beans, tea leaves, cocoa beans, kola nuts, yerba maté, and guarana berries.
Coffee, depending on how it's brewed, contains between 80 and 175 mg of caffeine per serving. Plungers and French Press extractions tend to produce more highly-caffeinated brews, whilst Espressos are on the lower end of that spectrum.
Colas tend to have around 40 to 50 mg of caffeine. Plus with the amount of sugar they usually contain, they're great if you want a real buzz (until the effects wear off and you start hating everybody).
Chocolate clocks in at between 15 and 100 mg of caffeine, and that depends on the percentage of cocoa solids in your chocolate. White chocolate contains the least and dark chocolate, the most. Again, as with cola, it's the combination of caffeine and sugar that is commonly added to chocolate that gives you that kick.
In comparison, Tea contains between 10 and 50 mg of caffeine, depending on how it is processed and how the tea is brewed. Green, White and Oolong Teas are generally less caffeinated than Black Tea, which contains around 20 mg of caffeine. Note that a hotter steeping liquid and longer steeping time draws out more caffeine in tea. So if you want less of a caffeine hit, use less Sticky Chai Blend and give it a quick infusion (we recommend a quick infusion anyway as it produces a better-tasting brew).