Coffee vs. Tea: Which Is Better for You?
Posted on January 17 2020
If you’re reading this on our blog, then you really must trust us. Obviously we’re a tea company, so we have a slight bias towards the beverage. But truthfully, the Stash Tea team is stacked with coffee lovers as well. So when it comes to the discussion of coffee versus tea, we are here for it. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
General Caffeine benefits
“Don’t speak to me until I’ve had my coffee” has been the number one selling mug in the world for 65 years. Just kidding. But we probably all know someone who feels this way. The effects of caffeine are evident to those who drink it. And we like it. Besides that, caffeine drinkers generally consider caffeine to be helpful. Maybe you want to lose weight, be more focused, feel more energized or adopt a healthier lifestyle in general… Many caffeine drinkers claim that caffeine has assisted them in achieving those goals.
If you would like to learn more about what makes tea, tea, you can read this blog post.
Does tea have caffeine?
You’re not alone in asking us this question, and resources out there often muddle the truth. Here’s the honest answer: The actual amounts of caffeine in your tea cup will vary. There are a lot of factors that go into making your cup of tea caffeinated. Of course the ingredients play a big part, but so do the temperature you brew your tea at, how long you brew it for, the type of tea you are drinking, other ingredients, and serving size. Even if we brewed your tea for you with precise measurements, environmental growing conditions of tea plants can greatly affect caffeine levels. So there still would be no way for us to tell you the exact amount of caffeine in your cup. That’s why we don’t put the mg of caffeine on our tea packaging.
Now, we’re not saying tea has gotten a bad rep, necessarily. But in the U.S. many people overlook tea as a means to their caffeine kick. Tea is often associated with self-care, relaxing, and winding down. Listen, we’re all about some self-care, but tea is a great alternative to coffee if you’re looking to get energized. What makes this particularly interesting is the fact that many people drink coffee and subsequently feel jittery, uncomfortable or experience the side effects from overconsumption. Since there are so many perks to caffeine, we aren’t here to suggest nixing caffeine from your routine altogether… But maybe it’s time to rethink your method of caffeine consumption, instead. It’s easier to regulate your caffeine intake when your beverage has about half the amount of caffeine that a cup of coffee does.
Read more about the caffeine in your tea here.
P.S. This isn't even all of our flavors!
Overconsumption of caffeine is marked by quite a few side effects: anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, rapid heart beat, and irritability. (1)
If you haven’t experienced any of these side effects at least once in your life—congrats! You are better at adulting than we are. Hell, if you’ve experienced these side effects only a handful of times, you’re still better at adulting than we are. Give yourself a gold star and tell us your secrets.
Drinking tea instead of coffee is a great way to still get your caffeine boost, without the high risk of drinking the whole grande-sized coffee you ordered and experiencing the downsides of caffeine.
Which Is Better for Me? Tea or Coffee?
To answer the question ‘which one is better for me, tea or coffee’: the final answer IS OBVIOUSLY TEA!—Kidding. Like many answers in life, there is no definitive answer here. The best course of action is to try different things and learn which is best for you. If that’s not a life lesson disguised as a tea versus coffee question, I don’t know what is. Now that you’ve heard our take on it, here are the reasons we believe tea > coffee.
9 Reasons Why Tea Is Better than Coffee
- It’s easier to avoid negative side effects from caffeine overconsumption. This is because your cup of tea will (likely) have less caffeine on average than your cup of coffee. Sort of like a built in way to better monitor your intake.
- There are so many flavors of tea to choose from! Options are truly endless.
- You don’t have to add sugary flavored syrups to get a flavorful cuppa, since Stash’s teas have bold and bright tastes and use only all-natural ingredients and flavors.
Want to kick-start your New Year’s Resolutions? We have loose leaf teas like Chocolate Dandelion Detox tea, and Ginger Digestive Balance that might be just what you need.
Matcha is thought to give you the caffeine buzz without the crash. If you’re susceptible to caffeine crashes, this would be reason numero uno to make a switch from coffee to matcha. Here are a few fun flavors with matcha that you can try! Ginger Peach Green and Pomegranate Raspberry Green.
- Maybe you want a warm and tasty cup of something, but don’t want a big caffeine boost. Again, tea is here for you. Our decaf teas will give you just a little pick-me-up.
To expand on that, certain types of herbal teas include ingredients that are known to help us Type A’s reeelax. Try a fun chamomile tea or an herbal tea with lavender or mint.
- You will never find the bold tangy and spicy flavor of our Lemon Ginger herbal tea in a cup of coffee. This tea is one of our best sellers and it’s no wonder with such bold and vibrant flavors. Not to mention it’s all-natural. You may be able to detect notes of different flavors in your coffee, but not like tea.
- Are you sensitive to caffeine but want the benefits of tea? Try our herbal teas. Most of them are naturally caffeine free.
Switching from Coffee to Tea
If you’re considering making the switch from coffee to tea, find the kind of coffee you drink below and see what tea options we suggest as a replacement for your specific coffee bevvy.
Large Dark Roast, Black Coffee.
Your beverage style: You’re a purist. You like bitter, bold flavor.
Cold Brew with Sweet Cream
Your beverage style: Rich, creamy and caffeinated.
Drink this: Super Irish Breakfast (the espresso of teas) and add a creamer of your choice! Maybe you want to continue your morning routine of a cold, creamy beverage. So make it iced! Be sure to double up or even triple the amount of tea bags you use. As an added bonus, you’ll get even more caffeine when you do that.
Peppermint White Mocha
Your beverage style: Sweet, minty...and sweet.
Drink this: This recipe, our White Chocolate Mint Tea Latte is a spot-on substitute. Be prepared for your whole life to change. That’s the power of tea lattes.
If you prefer regular chocolate, or are too short on time to make yourself a latte, give our Chocolate Mint oolong tea bags a try. It’s a fan favorite around here.
Your beverage style: Chai is a pretty specific taste! And lucky for you, chai is already tea. 🙌🏼
Drink this: Make yourself a regular Chai latte, obviously.
Bonus: trying to cut down on caffeine? Try our Decaf Vanilla Chai
Like your Chai latte extra spicy? Try our Double Spice Chai
Prefer green tea? Try our Chai Green
Need it caffeine-free? Spice Dragon Red Chai
Your beverage style: No fuss, keep it simple but bold.
Drink this: You probably like the smooth and creamy taste of coffee if you order flat whites. Kopili Assam is in a class by itself and has inherent natural flavor and body which can not be replicated anywhere else. It is an excellent afternoon tea and goes well with milk.
A citrus flavored alternative, is our Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea will be perfect for you. Add your choice of creamer to make a London Fog.
Sugar-Free Vanilla Soy Latte
Your beverage style: Indulgent and comforting but make it healthy.
Drink this: The best part here is that you can get vanilla flavor without any sugary additions to your tea. Options are endless, but here’s a start: Creme Brulee black tea, Cinnamon Vanilla herbal tea, Breakfast in Paris black tea (not necessarily vanilla-flavored, but we’re still obsessed).
Iced Coffee Extra Ice
Your beverage style: Give it to you cold. Whatever the flavor may be.
Now that you know what kind of tea can replace your coffee, let’s get into the nitty gritty.
If you want to try switching from your daily coffee to a daily cup of tea, we’re here to help. Reach out to one of our Tea Professionals or get in touch with us via social media. We can suggest tea options specifically for you, and answer any questions you might come up with!