Tea Verses Coffee – Some Facts

Yes, the old controversy: tea or coffee?

We’ll start with coffee:

Legend has it that Ethiopian shepherds noticed that their goats became very frisky after eating coffee berries. But in truth it was African tribe members who mixed coffee berries with fat to make an edible energy ball, that first discovered caffeine.

coffee berry

The coffee bean is really a seed inside a bright red berry and only grows in the “Bean Belt” between Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Hawaii is the only state in the US which can grow coffee.

Hawaii coffee farms

In 1675 the King of England banned coffee houses because he claimed they were places where people met to conspire against him.

Islam contributed to the popularity of coffee because in their religion, alcohol was prohibited while coffee was acceptable.

Europeans originally called coffee “Arabian wine.”

coffee

70 % of the world consumes Arabica coffee (mild and aromatic) while 30 % consumes Robusta coffee (more bitter-tasting with 50 % more caffeine). Americans consume 400 million cups per day or 146 billion cups per year. This makes America the leading consumer of coffee in the world.

coffee cup with swirl

Caffe’ sospeso, in Italian means “suspended or pending coffee.” It is a tradition which involves paying for an extra cup of coffee for a future customer who may be down on their luck. Those people can come into the coffee shop and ask if there are any sospesos available. This tradition is reported to have originated in Naples around a 100 years ago but happily the practice has grown to internationally.

The Guinness-recognized “oldest cat ever,” Creme Puff, lived to be 38 years old. Her owner attributed her long life to feeding her coffee every day with her breakfast of eggs, bacon and broccoli.

black & white cat, clip artIf you really love your coffee, I mean really love your coffee you could pay 2,800 Yen (about $27) at the Yunessum Spa Resort in Hakone, Japan, to soak in a coffee pool. (They also have pools of green tea, wine and sake.)

coffee-pool-Yunessun

Wow.

Now, on to tea!

Legend says that tea was discovered in 2737 BC when tea leaves accidentally blew into Chinese Emperor Shen-Ning’s boiling water.

China is the world’s largest producer of tea with India coming in second.

Chinese Tea House

Chinese Tea House

Ireland is the largest nation of tea drinkers with Great Britain coming in second.

Over 1.42 million pounds of tea is consumed in the US every day with an estimated 85 % of it being iced tea.

iced tea

Solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia until the 19th Century.

There are many different kinds of tea but they all come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. The color and variety (green, black, white or oolong) depends on how the leaves are treated.

Tea bags were invented in America in the early 1800s.

tea cup

On average, tea has half the amount of caffeine of coffee.

“Women are like tea bags. They do not know how strong they are until they get into hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Tea has always been considered a healthy drink, especially green tea. Tea is a natural antioxidant and rich in vitamins B2, B1 & B6, potassium, manganese, folic acid and calcium. It can reduce some forms of cancer, help with bad breath, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and blood pressure, help with weight control, kill bacteria and viruses, and has neuro-protective powers.

It also has relaxing effects that can help improve your sex life.

red silk sheets

Tea leaves are a natural way of keeping mosquitoes away. Just spread slightly damp leaves to add the scent of tea in the area you want insect-free.

There are many uses for used tea bags. To read about some, check out my post 5 Uses for Used Tea Bags.

The most expensive High Tea is at the Ritz Carlton of Hong Kong. For $8,888 Dollars per couple you get the best teas, finger foods, fantastic cakes and view of Hong Kong.

tea service - silver

The most expensive tea in the world is the rare Chinese tea, Tieguanyin. It costs around $1,500 Dollars a pound and is named after the Buddhist deity, Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy). It is an oolong tea.

So, if you haven’t guessed, I am a tea drinker. I love herbal teas with green and white tea.

How about you? Which do you prefer? Tell me in the comments if you’re a tea sipper or a coffee guzzler and what’s your favorite blend or type.

**There is still time to check out my Blogiversary Party and enter my contest to win a signed copy of my new book, Hong Kong Treasure. Click here.

Sources: http://theoatmeal.com/, http://www.huffingtonpost.com, http://www.neatorama.com, http://www.finedininglovers.com,  http://facts.randomhistory.com/tea-facts.html

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Release date: Chinese New Year, February 19, 2015.

 

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Welcome to My Blogiversary Party!

Chinese dragon head

It’s time to celebrate!

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I started this blog. Time really does go quickly.

First, I want to thank everyone who has liked, commented and followed my blog. I have enjoyed interacting with you and look forward to many more years!

Thank you with red hat box

Now to the party:

Come on over and make yourself at home. The day is warm and breezy here on the beach. The pink chair is mine, though 🙂

chairs on a beach

Sample all the food, especially the fruit and desert buffets.

fruit display

desert bar

For entertainment we will have:

* A Feng Shui consultant to help balance your life energies to bring you luck and prosperity.

Fengshui_Compass

* Jackie Chan & Jet Li may stop by to give a martial arts demonstration.

Jackie Chan

MTV Studios, Times Square

* A surfer hunk will give surfing lessons for anyone brave enough to tackle the waves.

surfer-on-the-beach

* And something for my male friends, a bikini model will be available for photos.

bikini

Fun for all!

But the highlight of the party will be when one lucky person wins a signed copy of my new book – Hong Kong Treasure (released on Chinese New Year, Thursday, February 19, 2015).

To be eligible for this grand prize all you have to do is Like my Facebook Page and Share this post. The contest will end Wednesday, December 31, 2014 and the winner will be randomly picked from eligible contestants and announced on this blog on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Hong Kong Treasure is a romance with a little mystery and action thrown in for good measure.

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To read an excerpt, go to My Romance Books Website

Good Luck and enjoy the party. Be sure to tell me your favorite part of the festivities in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

Here’s to another great year 🙂