how do i decaffeinate tea?!

Question: How do i decaffeinate tea?
i want to brew white tea but it keeps me up. i want to keep drinking it for health benefits but dont know how to deal with the fact that it keeps me up at night. any ideas? i read that you can decaffeinate it but i was hoping there was another option bec. the decaff option of pouring boiling water on it doesnt work for me.


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First, use green tea which contains less caffeine than other teas.…

Second, infuse hot water for about 15 seconds, then pour out the water. You can only reduce the caffeine. you can't decaf it totally. Hope this helps a little.

Please don't pour hot boiling water on white tea, you'll destroy it. I am not sure how to decaffeinate white tea but at least for Pu-erhs and Red teas a method of empty infusion works fine: put in water, wait for 5-10 seconds, pour out the water, repeat, now brew the tea as you usually do with white tea. Well, since its white tea and the water will be warm, you can try waiting for 30 seconds - 1 minute. I've never tried it with white teas so I am not sure whether it will work with the warm water that is used for such teas.
Also if it keeps you up, you can try solving the problem differently: drink it in the morning or during the day :)

My old Chinese friends claimed they got better (decaff'ed) tea by pouring out the first cup and then re-steeping. They used big, loose tea leaves in a tea ball in a pot. They'd pour a cup of boiling water in the pot and steep for a minute or two, then pour it all out, rinse the pot with hot water, and return the tea ball to the pot and add new boiling water and steep again and drink it.

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