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.”


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.)



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.

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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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7 thoughts on “Tea Verses Coffee – Some Facts

  1. I drink both coffee and tea on a daily basis. Finland is by the way the country with the highest coffee consumption per capita (by far!).
    I started drinking tea again after I got together with my wife. Before that I used to drink about 12-14 cups of coffee a day…a bit too much I guess.

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  2. marjma2014 says:

    I always drink tea first thing in the morning, herbals teas at night, and coffee in between. Love both, but don’t think I’d want to give up tea if I had to choose.

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  3. buntymcc says:

    Nice summary on both drinks with some great illustrarions. I didn’t know about tea leaves and mosquitoes. Do you suppose if I save and freeze all my tea leaves from now until June, that I could use them to fight mosquitoes in my own yard next summer? I have coffee for breakfast and tea after lunch. If I’m out, I always have coffee because ‘good’ (not acidic, not weak) coffee can be found in many restaurants, but the tea here is Maritime tea, and usually very strong. It was often left on the back of the (wood) stove all day long! And I’ve heard it said that tea wasn’t strong enough unless you could stand a spoon up in it.

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    • Yes, it would probably take a lot of tea leaves for more space than a table or deck. Maybe we should apply the tea leaves to ourselves and wherever we go the mosquitoes will leave us alone 🙂
      Thanks for commenting!


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