Coffee vs Tea
I actually enjoy drinking both tea and coffee. Either one serves as a great pick-me-up and both are versatile enough to work well hot and cold for the changing seasons and my changing tastes.
But in the battle of coffee vs tea, I can think of seven good reasons why tea tops coffee for me.
- Tea has less caffeine. This means I can drink it later in the day...or all throughout the day! If I'm being responsible, coffee is a no-go once the morning ends. I can drink tea after dinner with no bedtime consequences.
- Tea is ridiculously easy to make. No grinding, filtering, or milk foaming necessary. Just add water, thank you very much.
- Tea has so much variety. Coffee aficionados will likely disagree, but all coffee tastes about the same to me. Tea is incredibly nuanced, but there are also lots of major differences. The main types of tea are black, green, white, and oolong. Each type of black tea (Assam, Ceylon, etc.) has unique characteristics. Additionally, teas can be flavored and blended making for a practically endless array of flavors, colors, and aromas. It's amazing all the possibilities just one tea plant can hold!
- Plain tea is plain delicious. Coffee has a very strong taste most would discribe as bitter. Because of this, I must add milk and a sweetener to make coffee taste good.
- Tea has zero calories. Ok fine, they both have zero calories without additives. But since I have to add stuff to coffee to make it palatable, coffee has calories.
- Iced tea is THE BEST meal companion. I love iced tea with lunch and dinner. I like iced coffee with a bagel or muffin…but with meat and vegetables…not so much.
- Loose leaf tea can be re-steeped. When was the last time you reused coffee grounds?
If longevity is any indicator...Even though coffee and tea are both time-tested commodities, tea has thousands of years on coffee. The origins of coffee can be traced back to about the 1200s while legend has it that tea was discovered in China in 2737 BC.
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