A Small Talk About Tea and Coffee

More than a “Tea Lover and Coffee Lover,” I am a foodie with Microbiology background and 14 years of experience in Healthcare. Both of this groomed me to look into the minute level of each matter and also taught me how important is quality of a product and the need to make a product following ethics. Tea is a stimulant drink with caffeine and antioxidants. Coffee and Tea are entirely different stimulant drinks with unique taste, aroma, caffeine content, and energy which it give you after you drink it. While coffee give you an instant energy spurt, tea acts in your system slowly, yet steadily. Taste-wise, both are unique. I enjoy double shot espresso without sugar and subtle white tea. They are two extremes in taste, appearance, aroma, and energy.

One of my friend yesterday told me to write about tea. I like to say things frankly in front of everyone and I don’t care you agree with me or not. Black teas contain an average of 37 mg of caffeine, while some matcha teas contain close to 130 mg of caffeine whereas brewed coffee contain about 96 mg caffeine. Antioxidant content of tea also varies. White tea has more antioxidant content owing to its least processing where as black tea (CTC) contains less antioxidants. Those infusions with herbs or flower or fruits only and no Camellia sinensis (Scientific name of Tea) are called Tisanes and they are not real teas. According to the herb/flower/fruit used, antioxidant content, taste, and health benefits differ. Black, green, white, oolong, pu’erh teas are made from the same plant, yet their unique flavor are due to differences in how the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant are processed.

Drinking tea helps to improve immunity, improve metabolism, boost weight loss, diabetes, cancer, etc. Coffee too gives you the same benefit. Both are safe drinks to drink on a daily basis, but the number of cups you take and the time you take is very important. If you have sleep problem, better to avoid both tea and coffee after 6 pm. You can drink decaf tea/coffee after 6 pm or Tisanes like Chamomile, Butterfly pea flower, Rooibos etc. The next important thing is having tea/coffee along with your breakfast/lunch/snack affects calcium and iron absorption. If you are a vegan/vegetarian, you should take good care of the time you drink these beverages. Refer yourself to find this. Also it is medically advisable not to drink more than 5 cups of tea and coffee a day. The next important thing to tell you is try drinking real tea (Orthodox or CTC) and not the tea in teabag except those who sell good quality tea in tea bags. You may ask the help of a tea taster to know which all tea companies are selling quality teas in teabags. After all, it’s your money, it’s your health. So, spend some time over selecting the drink you drink daily. Take care….

35 thoughts on “A Small Talk About Tea and Coffee

  1. Ah! This is really cool!!! Ok. Firstly, I’m LOVING that You have a background in microbiology!!! Amazing. Moment of silence in appreciation!!! πŸ˜ƒ AND…YAY!!! I was waiting for the penny to drop; for You to say coffee is bad for us. BUT NO!!! And YAY!!! I can’t help myself. I prefer/love my coffee in the morning! So…walking away smiing! Thank You, Krishna! I hope You have a most wonderful day!!! Cheers! πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈπŸ€—

    1. Thanks dear Katy πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–β˜• Coffee is not bad for us. It is very effective for improving metabolism and good to keep one active. Regular drinking of Coffee, cocoa (or eating dark chocolate) protect us from memory loss. Moderation is the key. I drink a cup of black coffee in morning. But before that I drink 2 cups of normal water. Coffee or tea if you drink first thing in morning is not good for stomach health. Then I drink mint green tea or rose green tea in evening. When I am stressed out with lots of work or travel,I drink a cup of Butterfly pea flower tea or Chamomile tea to relax. It helps to give nice sleep. Some days, I make mild black tea with lemon and mint leaves in mid day. Due to Covid around, not drinking iced coffee or tea. Missing them πŸ˜Šβ˜•

      1. What wonderfully delicious days You have, dear Krishna!!! Thank You for all of this! I have yet to try Butterfly tea and need to remedy that!!! Huge hugs and Cheers! πŸ¦‹β€οΈπŸ€—

      2. Cheers πŸ¦‹β€οΈπŸ€— Butterfly pea flower tea/Blue tea changes it color to pink if you add lemon juice to it. It is 100% caffeine free and full of antioxidants. Good for calming, good for skin. If you make a paste of butterfly pea flower or take juice of it and mix with aloe vera gel and apply on face, it is a very good antiageing remedy due to its antioxidant content. Blue tea also helps in detoxification. Leaf of this plant just crushed and applying on skin helps to cure itch from mosquitos and other insects. The whole plant is medicinal. I had written about Butterfly pea flower in an earlier post. You may check that too. Blessed day ahead dearest Katy πŸ€—

      3. OH WOW!!! Ok. Thank You for all of this, beautiful Krishna! I will find this wonderful miracle tea. And I remember You writing all about it in another post. I’d well intended to find some and try it…but….You know how that goes! 🀣 Blessed day ahead for You as well!!! Huge hugs to You! πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ˜Š

      4. Huge hugs to you too dear πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ˜Š If you can’t find it in local store, you may check Amazon. It is available in it, but a little costly

  2. Good post Krishna, I recently changed my daily coffee to Matcha. Just because of the health benefits from Matcha. But evening our normal Indian Milk tea is doing wonders with this cold season here. Good information here. Thank you.

    1. It’s nice to have Matcha. You get more health benefits of green tea in Matcha. Black tea with cinnamon is very tasty and good in cold climate. It will protect from getting flu. Try Kashmiri Kawa too 😊❀

  3. I personally believe that if you are in North India then tea, and if you are in South India, coffee.
    The coffee i drink in bangalore has not been forgotten till date. Something similar is with tea in Kolkata and Banaras.

    1. No, no, it’s just a belief. There are people who does just the opposite. In my home (Kerala), tea is main. Coffee is taken once in a while by father and sister. I drink a black coffee in morning and green or earl grey tea (black tea) in evening. Karnataka coffees are awesome. Coffee from Coorg and Chikmagaluru are highly suggested so is our Nilgiris tea, Darjeeling tea, and Assam tea (pure ones).

  4. Italians drink coffee right after lunch and traditionally the breakfast here is a crossaint with espresso. By now, I’m habituated to their culture. Nevertheless, I am still a “tea” person.

    I will try not to drink right after the lunch πŸ™‚

  5. Great. Tea/coffee half to one hour after food is healthy. It is nice to know about different tea/coffee drinking patterns of people from around the world. I had who few friends in office who used to drink tea along with lunch, the south indian rice and curry lunch. They said it helps them keep awake and alert in the afternoon. For me, it is a cup of black coffee in morning and a rose or mint green tea or Earl grey or lemon tea in evening. Then Chamomile or Blue tea in certain nights 😊 When you come to India, send me your home address and I will send you my blended tea – Metabolizer.

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