It’s a debate that’s been raging on since we can remember: coffee vs tea. Which is the superior beverage in terms of calories, health, popularity and taste? You don’t have to work too hard to figure out which side of the divide has secured our loyalty, but we thought that for the sake of objectivity *ahem*, we would explore these two immensely popular beverages side by side.
The Calorie Test
Coffee: 1 – Tea: 1
Surprisingly, both coffee and tea contain no fat, saturated fat, calories or sugar in their natural state. It’s the addition of milk and sugar that makes all the difference. So in the calorie test, both coffee and tea pass with flying colours.
The Caffeine Conundrum
Coffee: 2 – Tea: 1
On average, a cup of coffee contains 185mg of caffeine, whereas a cup of tea contains just 55mg per cup. Presuming that you want to get the maximum pick-me-up from your daily beverage, coffee wins hands down. Wowza! Feel that caffeine kick!
The Health Check
Coffee: 3 – Tea: 1
Tea has so often been proclaimed the natural remedy for all sorts of ailments. It has proven to be rich in antioxidants and a great preventative measure for high blood pressure, kidney stones and Alzheimers. Tea is also known to aid the health of bones and teeth.
Coffee, on the other hand, was presumed to be among the more insidious beverages for quite some time. BUT, we now know that coffee is a kick-ass health conscious beverage with the potential to lower the risk of Diabetes, Parkinsons, Gallstones, Alzheimers as well as liver and colon disease. BOOM! And coffee comes out on top!
The Popularity Pageant
Coffee 100 – Tea: 10
Now let’s get down to the more superficial side of the debate. If coffee and tea were real people, who would have millions of friends on Facebook, a Twitter account that constantly goes into over-capacity and a social life that exists 24/7 365 days a year? Coffee. And even though the scenario we’ve painted is entirely speculative, there are multiple groups and pages on Facebook dedicated to coffee with thousands of fans in countries across the world. Yes, there are a few pages for tea too, but they are dwarfed by the presence of coffee lovers for sure.
It is also true that in countries throughout the world, with the exception of Asia, you will find many more coffee drinkers than tea drinkers. Having said that, we think it’s time for you to bow out of this debate if you’re a tea drinker. That is, unless you would like to relocate to Asia.
The Modernization Test
Coffee: 1000 – Tea: 200
Despite its extensive history, two primary methods of making tea remain – the kettle and the stove. Coffee lovers are smiling right about now. Why? Gadgets, gadgets and more gadgets! You want to make state-of-the-art coffee? No problemo. The coffee drinking community is at the cutting edge of technology. Machines that will do everything except fetch your speciality beans from South America adorn coffee shops and homes alike. It’s the coffee drinking age. If you’re a tea drinker and you’ve just realised this, it’s okay. We welcome you with open arms, we don’t discriminate, we’re glad you’ve seen the light and come over to the dark, creamy, froth-laden side.
Life Café is home to passionate coffee drinkers, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t indulge the taste buds of our friendly tea-drinking counterparts. We just cling to a quiet certainty that one day all tea drinkers will have their taste for coffee awakened. Pop in for an unforgettable coffee experience anytime