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How Much Caffeine Does an Arizona Green Tea Have?

Updated: February 14, 2023
Written by: Tristan Z

Arizona Green Tea is a well-known brand of tea that is famous for its smooth flavor and affordable price. Since green tea is a natural source of caffeine, the brand is a popular choice for those seeking an energy boost. However, it's worth knowing how much caffeine is present in Arizona Green Tea and whether or not it is a good source. Understanding the caffeine content of this popular brand of tea can help you make informed decisions about your caffeine intake and choose the right beverage for your needs.

Arizona Iced Tea History

Arizona Iced Tea has a long history dating back to the 1970s, when its founders, John Ferolito and Don Vultaggio, first started a beverage distribution business in Brooklyn, New York. Initially, their company was a successful beer distributor, but in the 1990s, they saw the success of other Brooklyn-based companies, such as Snapple, that were producing bottled juices and teas. 

This inspired Ferolito and Vultaggio to try their hand at making their own iced tea, and in 1992, they produced the first bottles of Arizona Iced Tea. The name "Arizona" was chosen by Vultaggio, who had never actually been to the state but felt that it had a strong and iconic image. Despite rising costs over the years, Arizona Iced Tea has remained affordably priced at $0.99 per bottle.

Ingredients in Arizona Green Tea

Here are the ingredients you can find in one can of Arizona Green Tea.

  • Filtered Water
  • Cane Sugar
  • Honey
  • Natural Flavor
  • Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
  • Citric Acid
  • Ginseng Extract
  • Premium Brewed Green Tea

These ingredients contribute to the refreshing and flavorful taste of the drink, as well as its slight sweetness. While there aren’t many ingredients used, the cane sugar and sweeteners affect the nutritional value of each can. You can expect around 47-51 grams of sugar for each Arizona Green Tea. 

How Much Caffeine in an Arizona Green Tea? 

Arizona Green Tea has caffeine in the drink, but not as much as other popular energy beverages. One serving contains around 7.5 mg of caffeine but considering that one Arizona Green Tea is larger than a serving, you typically get around 22.5 mg per can. 

Arizona Green Tea Caffeine Content

Caffeine Amount (per 8 fl oz)

Caffeine Amount (per can) 

Caffeine Strength

7.5 mg

22.5 mg


You’ll still feel focused after drinking Arizona Green Tea, but you won’t be getting the caffeine kick that you might get from a Red Bull or traditional Earl Grey tea

Caffeine in Arizona Green Tea vs. Fresh Green Tea

While Arizona Green Tea does contain real green tea and caffeine,the drink is highly processed and contains a large concentration of sugar–51 grams per can, to be exact. Traditional green tea contains no added sugar, so this makes the two drinks’ nutritional value very different. 

Furthermore, authentic green tea that is properly brewed typically contains around 30-35 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving, while Arizona Green Tea contains only 7.5 mg of caffeine per serving. This means that you would need to drink more than five servings of Arizona Green Tea, or about 1.5 cans, to consume the same amount of caffeine as one serving of freshly brewed green tea. 

Another similar situation where this happens is with Twisted Tea. Twisted Tea uses black tea, but the caffeine content is only 30 mg per serving. Regular black tea has around 47 mg per serving. Therefore, you would have to drink around 1.67 cans of Twisted Tea to get the full effect. 

Overall, traditional green tea is much healthier and can give you a much more effective energy boost. This isn’t too uncommon, though. Most teas will have higher caffeine content than Arizona Green tea. 

Arizona Green Tea vs. Coffee

While green tea may have a longer shelf life than coffee, it generally contains less caffeine than coffee. A serving of coffee typically contains around 95 mg of caffeine, while green tea contains around 30-35 mg of caffeine per serving. Arizona Green Tea contains even less caffeine, with only 7.5 mg of caffeine per serving, making Arizona Green Tea a poor energy substitute for coffee. 

It's worth noting that the way caffeine is absorbed and metabolized in the body differs from tea. When someone drinks coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream almost immediately, leading to a rapid boost in energy followed by a "crash." When it comes to tea, the caffeine is absorbed slower due to the presence of the amino acid L-theanine, which may help to improve focus and cognitive function. This can lead to a less noticeable energy boost and a reduced risk of a caffeine crash.

Arizona Green Tea vs. Sodas

Arizona Green Tea has similar caffeine content to most sodas that contain caffeine in their drink. One can of Arizona Green Tea contains around 22.5 mg of caffeine while your average serving of Coca-Cola has around 39 mg (12 fl oz). This is similar to Dr. Pepper, which contains 42 mg per can, and Diet Dr. Pepper, which contains 36 mg per can.

While most sodas have more caffeine than Arizona Green Tea, it has some health benefits due to its high antioxidant content–although these benefits are generally small and not well established. On the other hand, sodas like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper are high in added sugars, which can contribute to weight gain and an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases if consumed in excess.

Should You Drink Arizona Green Tea for Energy? 

Arizona Green Tea can be a good source of energy, but one serving of coffee or tea has significantly more caffeine per ounce than one can of Arizona Iced Tea. Furthermore, Arizona Green Tea has an unhealthy amount of sugar in it, so it’s not a great option for your overall body. 

If you're looking for a more consistent source of caffeine that can keep you energized through the day while also avoiding crashes and jitters, you may want to consider an alternative like our PZAZ energy spray. PZAZ allows you to microdose caffeine by taking sprays of it whenever you need a boost, providing a more controlled and sustained energy source. 

Overall, whether you choose Arizona Green Tea, coffee, PZAZ, or even a soft drink, it's important to be mindful of your caffeine intake, the nutrients you’re consuming, and any health benefits or side effects that might arise, as a result.

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