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….