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World of BiscuitsJamTeaCheese please

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World of BiscuitsJamTea
Nicey replies: Yes it does raise many questions, doesn't it?

Isabel Stainsby
World of BiscuitsJamTea
Nicey replies: That is so much more impressive than fruit tea.

Liz Whiting
Nicey replies: Well we were as much in the dark about this as you, we sort of knew solvents were involved. So we asked the people who know the Tea Council, and received this very helpful reply from Bill

There are three methods used to wash caffeine out of tea, but number one of the following list is most commonly used.

  1. Di Choloromethylene (organic solvent)

  2. Ethyl Acetate (organic solvent)

  3. Super Critical Co2 (high temperature / under pressure)

All methods are governed by legal limits and of course you never get absolutely all caffeine out. There is always a residue but the industry works to a standard of 0.02g / 100g

Towards the end of the production process (about forty minutes in) but before drying, the tea is washed in an organic solvent (this procedure is common to all products that are decaffeinated) and after washing is sent to the dryer.

The entire industry takes great care to ensure that solvent residues are at fractional levels in the dry leaf when the process is completed. Every production run is rigorously tested for solvent and caffeine residues and those levels are governed by law. Extensive testing has shown that any fractional solvent residue found in the dry leaf evaporates as the scalding water is introduced to the decaffeinated tea.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards

Bill Gorman

Mike Armitage
Nicey replies: We keep passing through Rutland, and Oakham on our way to and from other places. In fact we tried to find somewhere to camp up there two weeks ago but wound up in Derbyshire. If we had of made it to Rutland we would have been cycling round there too..

Just got back from a splendid bike ride this afternoon with both younger members of staff and Nanny Nicey. All off road in the hills between Saffron Walden and Royston. We took half a home made fruit cake and a flask of tea. We pop two teabags in the flask when we are ready to make the tea, and this works very well indeed.