Food & Nutrition

The best decaf teas that we’ve sipped & loved (our 8 favourites)

Published by Finn Hayden

Tea is a British staple, and just about everybody in the country enjoys a cuppa. Although it doesn't pack as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, a cup of tea still contains around 50mg of caffeine per cup and is deceptively strong.

Luckily, for anyone looking to enjoy their tea without the caffeine hit, there are lots of good decaffeinated tea options out there (not just Peppermint or Hemp tea). Just to be clear - when we refer to 'decaf tea', we're referring to normal tea which has been decaffeinated, not naturally caffeine-free tea like Peppermint or Chamomile.

Let's look at the best decaf tea you can buy in the UK at the moment:

Tetley Decaf

Tetley is one of the most popular tea brands in the UK, so it's unsurprising to see that the brand has released a decaf version. What is surprising is how good it is - it's definitely comparable to their normal tea and still has a strong tea taste, just without the caffeine. This has been our go-to for months now. You can buy a big pack from Amazon here -

Tetley decaf

Yorkshire Tea Decaf

Yorkshire Tea is generally considered to be one of the best tea brands in the UK for anyone who likes a proper cuppa, so it makes sense for them to create a decaf version. We're pleased to announce that although it doesn't quite compare to the standard tea produced by the brand, it's still very good and definitely one of the best decaf cups of tea we had. Learn more and buy it here -

Yorkshire tea decaf

PG Tips (The Tasty Decaf)

PG Tips is another of the biggest tea brands in the UK, and another brand making an excellent decaf version of their standard product. Named 'The Tasty Decaf', the tea uses the same pyramid bag design as their standard teabags, which definitely seems to help them have a fuller flavour. For any fans of the normal PG Tips tea, we think you'll be very happy with the decaf version. Learn more and buy it here -

PG Tips The Tasty Decaf

Co-op decaffeinated 99 blend

This is the first of the supermarket own brand decaf tea bags that we've included in this list, and is definitely one of the best that we tried. First of all, we love that all of the Co-op tea (and many of their other products) are Fairtrade, which means every cup you drink is supporting communities in Kenya, India, and Malawi. This doesn't necessarily impact the taste, but it does make you feel great when you drink it. As for the taste though, we're really impressed by it. The standard 99 Blend tea from Co-op is great and to be honest, this tastes very similar. Learn more and buy it here -

Decaffeinated 99 blend tea co-op

Marks & Spencer decaffeinated teabags 

The decaf tea from M&S is also Fairtrade which is great to see, and we'd probably say that this tea is slightly better than the Co-op decaffeinated tea. It's worth mentioning that they are slightly more expensive than the Co-op tea (and most other supermarkets), but if you're looking for a great supermarket own-brand decaf tea then this is probably your best option.


Scottish Blend Decaf

Scottish people are very proud of the quality of their water, and they're convinced that the water is of such high quality that it requires a special kind of teabag. Whether that is true or not, one thing we know for sure is that this Scottish Blend Decaf tea from Aldi is great. It has what we would describe as a very full taste, and it's also Rainforest Alliance Certified. At £1.15 for 80 bags, it's also very well-priced. See the product here -


Essential Waitrose Original Blend Decaf Tea Bags

We're definitely not shy about recommending Waitrose products on our website, and products from this brand frequently pop up in our lists. The Decaf Tea Bags from the Essential Waitrose range are really impressive - made using Fairtrade-certified east African teas, they have a rich, refreshing flavour and don't taste like they're lacking in caffeine. It's also impressive to see that on the Waitrose website, this product is sitting with a 4.7 out of 5 rating from more than 200 reviews. Learn more and buy it here -

Essential Waitrose decaf tea bags

Thompson's Decaf Tea

The Decaf Tea from Thompson's is the only tea in our list which has won a 'Great Taste' award, which speaks volumes. It's definitely one of the best decaf teas we tried, and probably the one we'd describe as tasting the most classy. The tea used is Second Flush Assam which is picked during the peak months between May to October, and the team at Thompson's is meticulous about ensuring that only the finest leaves are used to make their tea. Learn more and buy it here -

Thompson's Decaf Tea

Most of us love a cup of tea, but every now and then we want to enjoy a cuppa without the caffeine. Hopefully, the above list of the best decaf tea we've found in the UK proves that you can do just that! Lets us know your favourite decaf tea brands in the comments.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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