Tea or Coffee?
30th January 2024
This question can cause many debates when the kettle is boiling- but what do we think at Two Chimps?
It will be no surprise that Two Chimps Coffee was founded to roast and distribute, you guessed it, COFFEE! Head Chimps Andy and Laura have always been fuelled by their goal of sharing the joy of single-origin speciality roasts. However, the TC brand has expanded over the past seven years, testing new products and delicious beverages. We currently offer five loose-leaf teas to suit every brew lover; we support all tea drinkers amongst you. It may shock you, but we even have two tea drinkers here at Two Chimps HQ!
A common question you’ll hear hundreds of times in your lifetime is…Tea or Coffee? Whether you are popping around to your friends or in a work meeting, this question will be asked (we hear it at least once a day at Two Chimps HQ). Admittedly, there is a slight stigma around which brew you choose, but when the facts are laid down- is one actually better? Of course, this is a very subjective question; some people prefer the taste of one to the other. However, the two have some fundamental differences, which may sway some people to take the other one for a spin. We are talking about factors such as health benefits, caffeine content and even which is less likely to stain your teeth!
This is where things get interesting, as both Tea and Coffee have their own set of health benefits in the form of Antioxidants. These help to reduce inflammation and prevent cell damage in the body, which free radicals can cause in your body. ‘Free radicals’ sounds strange, but it just means the waste substances your cells produce while going through normal metabolic functions. Coffee and Tea can battle these due to their varying Antioxidants. They contain different Antioxidants, but both hold many polyphenols, a plant compound. Which one is better for your health specifically? Well, that depends on your body and what you want to focus on preventing. Tea contains L-theanine, an antioxidant which stimulates and calms your brain, specifically stress. However, data supports that coffee could protect against liver disease and depression.
Which one contains more caffeine?
Generically, coffee is depicted as being the drink to choose when you need a quick dose of caffeine to get some energy. However, you may be shocked that unbrewed tea contains more caffeine per mg than coffee, with 3.5% compared to 1.1-2.2% in coffee. That’s wild. So, where the heck are the facts supporting this myth of coffee being able to wake you up compared to Tea? Well, when you add the hot water, the game changes, as the water extracts the caffeine from coffee beans. At this point, the caffeine content in coffee skyrockets to 80-100mg, whilst tea sits at 45-60. So technically, the generalisation is correct; if you want more caffeine, coffee is the one for you!
However, nowadays, people are finding themselves having to cut down on their caffeine intake. Whether that is due to health factors such as anxiety, insomnia or jitters, people are reaching for drinks with a lower caffeine content. Decaffeinated products’ quality has significantly risen in the past few years, with natural processes like the sparkling water or CO2 method. By not using harsh chemicals to strip the caffeine away, the natural flavours in the tea or coffee remain intact, tasting so good it’s hard to taste the difference! So, we think Tea and Coffee score the same regarding decaffeinated brews.
Which one will lead to more staining on your teeth?
Tannins, known as tannic acid, are polyphenols that cause teeth staining, and they are present in tea and coffee. But which one has more? It may surprise you that Traditional English Breakfast Tea contains more than coffee. So even though coffee is ‘stronger’ than a cup of Tea, it causes more staining. This can be reduced by brushing your teeth twice daily and drinking water after a cup of tea to reduce the amount of tannin left in your mouth. Some people, however, find themselves at the hands of their dentist, being told they need to watch their Tea obsession if they don’t want their teeth permanently affected by staining. This could potentially make people switch their habits to coffee or reduce their number of teas per day.
All in all, there are benefits to tea and coffee, but the true answer is entirely subjective and depends on your tastebuds. At Two Chimps HQ, we are two against four in the tea vs coffee debate, but either way, any of our Two Chimps brews taste awesome (take it from a tea and coffee drinker).
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