Battle of the Brews

The great divide in the AM seems to be over which delicious beverage to enjoy to start your morning. There are tea drinkers and there are coffee drinkers. With minimal cross over, it’s easy to draw a line in the sand and stick to one side. We all know that coffee and tea both contain caffeine, taste delicious, and pair wonderfully with milk and sugar. The eternal debate will always remain: which is better?

Depending on the roast of you bean and the type of brew, your average cup of joe will have anywhere between 100-200mg of caffeine. We often think that espresso has a much higher caffeine content because of it’s potent taste, however your average single shot of espresso has somewhere between 29-100mg of caffeine, usually hitting the 75mg mark. Coffee has proven to have many health benefits apart from waking up your brain post-snooze button pressing. Of course when we say coffee, we mean plain old drip coffee, we’re not talking about your double shot, caramel macchiato with whipping cream, that most definitely is not beneficial to your health. Coffee has been linked to delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s in older adults who show precursors to the disease. Coffee has also shown a likelihood to decrease the chance of women developing depression by 20 percent. Likewise women who drink at least two cups of coffee a day had a 25 percent less chance of having a stroke.

Tea on the other hand, has varying levels of caffeine depending on the type of tea you’re partial to. Black teas generally have around 60-90mg, white teas 30-55 mg, and green tea contains between 35-70 mg of caffeine. Teas like red rooibos and herbal teas like chamomile naturally are decaffeinated, black teas can be decaffeinated but may contain trace amounts of caffeine to the tune of 2-4mg of caffeine. Green tea especially is known for it’s health benefits. Green tea has been linked to better bone density, better oral health, and riding your body from free radicals and supplying cancer fighting antioxidants.

So the answer to the age old question of which is better: well, it’s a tie. The benefits of both tea and coffee to your health are fantastic. While coffee does have a higher caffeine content, tea is incredibly hydrating. A great way to reap the benefits of both tea and coffee is to start your day with a cup of coffee, then switch to a non-caffeinated tea to avoid a buzz throughout the day.

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