Caffeine chart and tea grade glossary

Item Amount of Caffeine (mg)
Typical Range*

Tea (8 oz cup)
Brewed (US brands)
Brewed (imported)
Instant
Iced

40
60
28
25
20-90
25-110
24-31
9-50
Coffee (8 oz cup)
Brewed
Instant
Decaffeinated
85
75
3
65-120
60-85
2-4
Espresso (1 oz cup) 40 30-50
Soft Drinks (8 oz glass) 24 20-40
Chocolate Milk (8 oz glass) 5 2-7
Milk Chocolate (1 oz) 6 1-15
Dark Chocolate (1 oz) 20 5-35
Chocolate Syrup 4 4
*The range is due to different brewing methods, brand, plant variety, etc.

Source: International Food Information Council

Tea Grade Glossary

GFBOP Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe. Produced mainly in Assam. A top-rate tea of the broken grade as well as the only broken tippy from Kenya. Very popular in East Frisia.

GBOP Golden Broken Orange Pekoe. The next, second sorting with few tips.

BOP CTC Broken Orange Pekoe. CTC = Cut, Tear, Curl. CTC production is a shortened, machine automated production process. Importance is put on a uniform leaf and a quickly colored infusion.

TGBOP Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe. The finest broken grade produced in Darjeeling and Assam. Highly tippy with smooth leaves.

TGFOP Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. The main grade of Darjeeling and Assam. Highest proportion of tips.

Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling FTGFOP

FOP Flowery Orange Pekoe. Plain grade of Indian leaf tea.  Long leaf, with few tips.

FTGFOP 1 Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 1. Mainly from Darjeeling, some from Assam. The finest grade of production, manufactured with exceeding care; even leaves and tippy (having white or golden tips).

SFTGFOP Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 1. Superlative grade.

BOP Broken Orange Pekoe. The main broken grade of Ceylon, South India, Java, and China.

FBOP Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe. A coarser broken grade with some tips, it comes from Assam, Indonesia, China, and Bangladesh. In South America, a coarse, black, broken tea. In Southern India “Pekoe” is often called FBOP.

Scottish Breakfast FBOP & OP

BPS Broken Pekoe Souchong. Assam and Darjeeling, pearl-shaped leaves. Pekoe A Chinese term meaning “white down”, it refers to the character of the tender young leaves. “Pekoe” and “Orange Pekoe” are terms for the grade of tea.

BP Broken Pekoe. A brown to black, heavily broken tea from Indonesia, Ceylon and Southern India; often with very woody, stalky particles.

OP Sup. Orange Pekoe Superior. Tippy. Only produced in Indonesia.

GFOP Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. The top grade from the only surviving Kenya tea garden that manufactures tippy tea.  Higher proportion of tip, usually gold in color, picked earlier in the season.

Nuwara Eliya GFOP

Fannings Small particles of tea leaves, about 1 mm in size, used exclusively in tea bags.

Dust The smallest grade of tea, used exclusively in tea bags.

Organic Assam BP

** There are many other grades of tea not included in this list.  
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