Word on the street is that more countries around the world now prefer drinking coffee to tea. At Travelling Tea Leaf, we find this baffling, considering the former is nothing more than a poo-coloured beverage that makes you, well … poo. Sure, it might have a rather enticing aroma, but this is merely a ruse designed to lure in unsuspecting drinkers, causing them to forget they’ll be running to the toilet in ten minutes’ time.
Clearly, this isn’t enough to put off people in Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia or Brazil, where coffee is the beverage of choice for over 95% of the population. However, if they knew about all the amazing benefits of tea, we reckon they’d consider changing their hot beverage of choice.
Here are five reasons why the humble tea leaf reigns supreme over the bean.
1. Tea has more variety
Black, green, oolong, white, red, yellow, flavoured, fruit, herbal, scented, smoked – tea comes in many varieties to cater to different tastes and times of day. Alright, we know that *technically* only black, oolong, green and white are real tea, as they’re the only ones derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. But if you can count Irish coffee as real coffee, we can play the same game.
Tea comes in many varieties to cater to different tastes and times of day.
Tea can be drunk in the morning to wake you up or just before bed to help you sleep. It can be used to energise you when you need to be productive, to comfort you when you’re in bed with the flu, and to ease your stomach when it’s not feeling too great (most likely because you drank some coffee).
And yes, coffee drinkers, we hear you, you have variety too. There are lattes and cappuccinos and long blacks and flat whites, and we notice they’re stocking caramel-flavoured instant coffee in the supermarkets these days. But at the end of the day, what you’re drinking is still just coffee beans and milk in a cup. So tell us this: Can you find a coffee with a hint of kiwi fruit? We didn’t think so. And if there were such a thing, it would taste revolting.
2. Tea is classier
High coffee, anyone? The very idea is simply laughable. While coffee junkies may ridicule tea sippers the world over for their pomp and pretentiousness, we know it’s only because they’re jealous.
Just look at the gorgeous chinaware tea is served in, the delicious scones and delicate sandwiches served at a high tea, and elegant rituals the world over that indicate just how refined we tea drinkers are.
3. Tea still lets you sleep at night
A lot of people tend of opt for coffee because it contains higher levels of caffeine, so tends to produce a greater burst of energy for the working day. However, research from the University of Surrey in the UK has found that despite the common assumption that coffee makes you more alert, tea consumption throughout the day produces similar alertness levels to coffee. Not only that, but the study showed tea is also less likely to disrupt your sleep.
Tea consumption throughout the day produces similar alertness levels to coffee.
In other words, if you need something to keep you productive when you’re working, tea is the better option, as coffee is more likely to keep you awake when your body needs to rest.
4. Tea is better for your health
Studies show tea may lower the risk of stroke, and there’s a growing body of evidence pointing to its role in helping prevent certain types of cancer. Tea also helps with bone health and the ageing process, improves memory, and contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties.
Tea helps with bone health and the ageing process, improves memory, and contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties.
There is an increasing amount of research pointing to the health benefits of coffee, but as it’s been shown to raise cholesterol levels, contribute to bone issues and increase blood pressure, we’re not so sure the benefits outweigh these risks.
5. Tea is better for the environment
Someone who drinks three large lattes a day will produce almost 20 times the amount of carbon as someone who drinks four cups of black tea a day. So, if you want to go green, tea is the way to go.
If you want to go green, tea is the way to go.
Research has found it’s the milk that actually generates the majority of the carbon footprint – up to two-thirds of the total amount. So drinking green tea that doesn’t require milk is the greenest option of them all.
So what are you going to use to wake you up tomorrow morning – a cup of coffee or a cup of tea? You know the answer, and if it’s coffee, then you’re clearly insane. It’s science.