If you are sensitive to caffeine – or simply trying to cut back – you likely steer clear of regular coffee and other caffeinated beverages that may make you feel jittery or keep you up at night. Those who are caffeine intolerant often opt for decaffeinated options instead, but often beverages that are low in caffeine aren’t the most delicious or exciting. In considering other flavorful beverage options, you may be wondering if kombucha contains caffeine or is caffeine-free.
Kombucha is commonly brewed from black or green tea, so it's true that most kombucha contains a trace amount of caffeine. While the fermentation process cuts down on the tea’s natural caffeine content, about ⅓ of the caffeine remains. Still, this is nowhere near the caffeine equivalent of a cup of regular coffee.
The amount of caffeine in any given kombucha may vary depending on the following factors.
How long the tea is left to steep
The longer the tea brews, the more caffeine is leached out of the tea leaves. The concentration will depend on how it is prepared.
How long the kombucha is left to ferment
Fermentation also plays a role in the amount of caffeine you’ll find in kombucha. The longer the kombucha is allowed to ferment, the more sugar and caffeine are consumed by the yeast and bacteria. There are also chemical reactions that occur and reduce the amount of caffeine. A good rule of thumb is that kombucha contains around one-third the amount of caffeine as the tea used to prepare it. The exact amount of caffeine found in a kombucha will vary by brand, the ingredients used, and the fermentation process.
Because kombucha tea tends to have a relatively low amount of caffeine compared to regular coffee and tea, many people enjoy kombucha without worrying that it will keep them up at night. However, it’s always best to be your own health advocate and find out how much caffeine is in the beverage. Every person is different, so you may just have to try it out and see if it makes you feel good.
Health-Ade kombucha contains anywhere between 8mg-15mg of caffeine per serving depending on the flavor. When compared to regular coffee with around 100mg of caffeine, kombucha is refreshing, low caffeine option. So while it’s not an entirely caffeine-free beverage, it can be a good option for those looking to lower their caffeine intake while still enjoying a robustly flavored beverage with a host of health benefits. Check out the wide variety of flavors available in Health-Ade’s bubbly and tasty kombucha today.