Decaffeinating Green Tea


I received a great question about how we decaffeinate Yogi green tea. As you may know, some beverages are decaffeinated by soaking in some pretty noxious chemicals.

Not Yogi green tea. This all natural tea is gently decaffeinated using a water and carbon dioxide process, so nothing remains but healthy tea leaf, minus the caffeine.

Here are the basics of the process:
• Basic cleaning of tea leaves and remove dust
• Soak with water
• Put in pressure tank
• Pressurize tank with safe, natural carbon dioxide (CO2), which extracts the caffeine
• Dry out the excess water and draw off the CO2 gas
• Grind to size, sift and pack

Normally, green tea does contain some natural caffeine, but many tea drinkers find it to be a very mellow drink, because the l-theanine, which is a relaxant unique to green tea, helps to offsets the caffeine jitters.

Decaffeinated green tea is for those who want to further reduce their consumption of caffeine.




  • Patti ohrling says:

    Thank you – Love your teas

  • Aislinn McGuire says:

    So glad to know one of my favorite teas uses the natural decaf method that keeps more antioxidants in and chemicals out!

  • Annie says:

    How come your Green Kombucha Tea does Not say its Organic?
    We love That Tea, and your other Tea’s.

    Be Well,

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your question, Annie! We’re pleased to hear how much you enjoy our teas and are happy to answer your question.

    Here at Yogi, we pride ourselves on sourcing high quality herbs and botanicals from around the globe. As much as possible, we source organic ingredients. All of our teas contain organic ingredients, and many of our teas are certified USDA Organic or Made with Organic. Yogi Green Tea Kombucha is certified Made With Organic, and this status is printed on the front of the carton. To learn more about what it means to be USDA Organic and Made with Organic, click here.

    In addition, we follow the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) for all of our ingredients and teas, and our facility is Organically Certified by Quality Assurance International (QAI), an independent third party organic certifier. QAI audits all of the ingredients used in our teas to ensure that they adhere to the NOP’s strict guidelines and regulations. According to the standards set forth by the NOP, we do not accept any raw ingredients contaminated by artificial ingredients, GMOs, ionizing radiation or sewer sludge.

    Thank you again, and please let us know if you have any further questions. Be well!

  • I can’t drink caffeine in tea, and I don’t drink coffee baby , the caffeine does something to my head. So do you think that this one is the best?

  • Yogi says:

    Hi Florence! Please note that both our Green Tea Pure Green Decaf and Green Tea Kombucha Decaf teas do contain a small amount of caffeine (10mg and 5mg per tea bag, respectively). Reason being, While a chemical process of decaffeination would strip the caffeine completely from the tea leaves, our natural, non-toxic chemical process does leave residual amounts of caffeine. However, we do have several varieties of naturally caffeine-free teas that you may be interested in trying. To view a full list, visit we welcome you to use our website’s ‘Discover Your Perfect Tea’ feature. Just click here and select ‘Caffeine Free’ from the ‘Purpose’ drop-down filter to be provided with a list of teas in that category. Be well!

  • Marlene Keefe says:

    Why does Yogi Green Tea, Pure Green Decaf contains caffeine?

  • Yogi says:

    Hi there, Marlene! Thanks so much for your question. We’re happy to provide you with more information about our Green Tea Pure Green Decaf tea.

    Yogi Green Tea Pure Green Decaf is made with decaffeinated green tea leaves. The decaffeinated green tea leaves used in our teas are treated using supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2 processing). This is an all-natural process, free of toxic chemicals, that removes the caffeine from the tea without removing the other botanical compounds. While a chemical process would strip the caffeine completely from the tea leaves, our natural, non-toxic chemical process of decaffeination does leave residual amounts of caffeine.

    As such, the Yogi teas that contain decaffeinated green tea leaf, such as Green Tea Pure Green Decaf, do contain small amounts of naturally occurring caffeine. We hope this information is helpful! Let us know if you have any further questions.

  • Tina Nolan says:

    Are your teas certified gluten free?

  • Yogi says:

    Hello, Tina!

    Thanks for your question. At Yogi, we take a conservative approach to individual health, especially with regard to food sensitivities.

    We are happy to confirm that all of our current teas are gluten-free, and our tea bag material and packaging contain no added gluten. However, please note that up until very recently, four of our teas contained barley malt, and therefore gluten: Kava Stress Relief, Calming, Healthy Fasting and Stomach Ease. The new versions of these teas without barley malt are just beginning to reach store shelves. It is therefore likely that previous versions containing barley malt will be in stores for the next few months until the older inventory runs out. You can identify which version you have by looking at the Supplement Facts panel ‘Other Ingredients’ section to see if Barley Malt is listed.

    While we no longer use barley malt in any of our teas, we have not yet started labeling our products as gluten-free. However, we are taking steps to become an officially certified gluten-free facility, which will allow us to label our teas as such.

    We hope this information is helpful! Let us know if we can answer any further questions.

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