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Coffee, Tea and Caffeine

Apr.07.2014
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Romeo and Juliet. Mark Antony and Cleopatra. You and your coffee. We understand if it’s the love of your life and you can’t live without it. And like love, the chemical effect of caffeine has you in its addictive grasp. The tricky part is how do you consume caffeine in moderation? Fear not! We are here to help.

· I’m not jittery! ·

A cup of tea contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee. This makes tea a great alternative for those of you seeking to lower your daily caffeine intake, either due to doctor’s orders or merely for a better night’s sleep and a calmer, more balanced life. Compared to a cup of drip coffee, green tea has about 1/5th the amount of caffeine while black tea has 1/3rd. This means that you would need to drink 5 cups of green or 3 cups of black tea to equal the caffeine in 1 cup of coffee.

Besides allowing you to pace out the amount of caffeine coursing through your veins, tea tastes great! If you don’t think that you like tea, perhaps you merely have not yet found the tea to fit you. Unlike coffee, there are hundreds of flavours, so there is bound to be one that you like. If you are making the switch, we would suggest trying a black tea first. Coffee and black tea both have heavy weight and body. If you want to leave caffeine altogether, Rooibos is the perfect option, coined as the beverage for decaffeinated black tea drinkers.

· Equivalent to shooting 5 cups of black, drip coffee ·

For readers who can’t get enough caffeine, we have the perfect “secret weapon”: matcha! For those of you who thought of tea as a wimpy cousin of coffee, think again. That innocent little tea leaf contains more caffeine per weight than a coffee bean. So when we grind those very same tea leaves into a fine powder, add water, whisk and drink it, we are drinking a super-charged caffeinated beverage.

Beyond accelerating your sleepy morning into overdrive, matcha has the added benefit of being super rich in antioxidants since you are actually drinking the leaves! Now your body can be energized for the day while powered with healthy goodness at the same time. Gotta love two for ones!


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