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Tea vs Coffee

Updated on August 24, 2017
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Battle of the Brews: Tea versus Coffee

Tea and coffee are the most popular hot drinks in the world, so it's only natural that there's a bit of a rivalry going between the two. When talking about tea, its health benefits are usually mentioned; on the other hand, coffee companies often emphasize the energizing effect that it has. I'm sure you've seen plenty of ads about how antioxidants in the green teas help your body and prevents various illnesses, or how nothing wakes you up in the morning better than a cup of hot coffee. However, let's put all that marketing fluff aside for a bit, and talk about what you prefer! Share your thoughts below.

Tea vs Coffee Discussion

What do YOU have in your cup?

Tea vs Coffee Poll

Do you prefer tea or coffee as your beverage of choice?

See results

Health Benefits of Coffee

Everyone has heard about how amazing tea (green in particular) is supposed to be for your health. It might help prevent cancer, combat aging, reduce the "bad" cholesterol levels in your blood, aid in weight loss, and so on... Yada yada.

Poor coffee doesn't get much love in this regard, but that might be about to change. Scientists now think that drinking moderate amounts of this invigorating beverage could ward off dementia and prevent Alzheimer's (source). Take that, tea drinkers! Now us coffee people can also claim that a morning cup of our favorite brew is totally healthy and wholesome.

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 3 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      what a choice, why can't we have them both!

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      geosum 4 years ago

      I'll drink tea, but I love the taste of coffee.

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      hypermomma 5 years ago

      Well I start my day with 2 cups of coffee and then its tea tea and more tea :)

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      In truth, either one is good as long as it if GOOD!

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      I like to drink tea when I'm cold, but for the most part it's coffee all the way, great topic

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      I drink coffee in the mornings and iced tea the rest of the day and evening... I love them both... Great debate though... Liked and Blessed. :)

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      Karen1960 5 years ago

      Tea for me. Engish Breakfast or maybe an Earl Grey. Redbush is a nice alternative.

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      Have to have a good cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Coffee is first thing in the morning :)

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      RichardGilbort 5 years ago

      I prefer coffee but I enjoy a cup of tea quite often as well.

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      StevieDant 5 years ago

      Great lense. Thanks!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Great lens, good conversational piece.

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      Sanja94 5 years ago

      great lens. Thank you.:)

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      I gotta have my cup of coffee in the morning.

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      I take green tea, it's a great antioxidant. I also love taking a hot cup of coffee in the morning.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Great lens, I like my coffee during my work day, but herbal tea is soothing at night.

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      hughgrissettsr lm 5 years ago

      liked this lens!

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      Ssomack 5 years ago

      I drink jasmin tea everyday~~ :) nice lens

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      I'm drinking green tea as I read this lens. But I'll catch a cup of coffee sometime tomorrow during work.

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      I enjoy both tea and coffee, but when I am first starting the day I definitely enjoy a cup of coffee the most. Great lens !

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      With all the new information out about coffee, it is running neck and neck with tea, but for me it is tea all the way.

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      I think tea wins, but coffee was a close second.

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      blazingzone lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. Nice lens.

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      bwet 5 years ago

      coffee all the way

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      When I first started to drink tea I had to sweeten it with sugar in order to drink it, now I can drink tea without sugar and I appreciate the flavors better now.

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      kabist 5 years ago

      tea

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I am a tea drinker and only take one cup of coffee in the morning.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      I really have a tough time with the all day aftertaste of coffee. Tea on the other hand can be drunk hot or even after goes cold in the cup. It tastes good either way.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good info, hard to pick a side!

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      I enjoy many kinds of tea, but a good cup of coffee is necessary to start my day.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Green tea is my favorite even thought I drink coffee with great pleasure,

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      SianaL 5 years ago

      Guatemalan coffee is the best!!! You gotta try it!

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      najem lm 5 years ago

      Coffee is overvalued compare to tea.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Life will be dull without a cup of hot coffee.

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Great lens on a fantastic topic of interest to almost everyone.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I like them both - coffee with breakfast and tea with lunch. Yum.

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      paradise231 5 years ago

      very nice tea :L)

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      LazyKat 5 years ago

      Great lens: I like them both, but all the info is very interesting, especially the health benefits :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 5 years ago from Michigan

      I drink one or two cups of coffee a day as a change of page from tea. But I fear I've been sabotaging any health benefits by adding soy milk (which binds with the healthful stuff in coffee, limiting absorption).

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      RomanticMe 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens!

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      For me, its coffee in the mornings and tea in the evenings. Great topic for debate, though!

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      No dunkers? Mmm - I do love coffee. The next debate would be if it is even worth drinking instant coffees - I do. I once tried an instant tea - never again. Anyway - this is great fun. Blessed!

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      careermom 5 years ago

      I love them both.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Very cute tea coffee debate! Blessed!

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      dannico 5 years ago

      drinking tea right now lol

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      added to my favorite lenses lens

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      I drink both tea and coffee, mostly coffee though. Can't get enough of the stuff :)

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Personally, I enjoy tea more. Both have different flavors but there's more benefits to teas like antioxidants etc than coffee.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love both equally! Tea for leisure reading, Coffee for school or work reading. Tea for relaxing and coffee for energizing.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love both equally! Tea for leisure reading, Coffee for school or work reading. Tea for relaxing and coffee for energizing.

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      Asher Socrates 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Coffee please! Fun lens

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      jacinto888 5 years ago

      I am addicted to tea, great lens it is good to see a comparison between the two drinks.

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      girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Hot chocolate and chocolate milk! lol Me too! But tea when it comes to these choices!

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      girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Hot chocolate and chocolate milk! lol Me too! But tea when it comes to these choices!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed visiting this.

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      mimthemom 5 years ago

      Super nice lens!

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      BusyMOM LM 5 years ago

      I'm a tea gal... thanks for a great lens! I've added it to my featured lens list on swell-gifts-for-tea-lovers.

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      eeonefivebee 5 years ago

      Good debate - coffee drinkers, have you tried high grade speciality (or specialty - if you are of the other side of the Atlantic to me) teas? I was pretty much converted from coffee and ordinary tea bags (Yorkshire Tea, Tetley Tea etc) but not completely!! A decent organic white tastes gorgeous whilst my favourite - lotus tea - has a fantastic floral taste and aroma. Yum!

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      As an old coffee addict and recent tea lover I like the way you have sparked a debate and kept it open.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I can see it's a no win situation here, you being a coffee fan :) No matter, leaves more tea for me. You got a good response here. Happy for you.

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      gogocharters 5 years ago

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I'm actually more of a hot chocolate person. Anyone else?

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      davies86 5 years ago

      mines a brew, a tea brew

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      To each his own. Make mine tea, please.

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      Barb McCoy 5 years ago

      No day starts without coffee! Great debate! Thanks for stopping by my lenses.

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      i love a good cup of tea at home, but i'm so lazy that the multi-step process of waiting for water to boil, then steeping before i can add honey (or not) and enjoy was a barrier. can you believe it. until i got the keurig and ekobrew reusable cup for christmas. 1 quick step and visit to the kitchen. love the setup so much i just made a new lens on it. :)

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Nice lens! Enjoyed visiting!

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      seedplanter 5 years ago

      Love a good cup of coffee! In the summer, I like a good glass of iced tea. In between, coffee wins, but not after 3 or I'll be staring at the ceiling at 2 a.m.! Nice lens. It was almost as good as a nice fresh cup of coffee at 6 a.m. (Almost...)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Coffee lovers - I recommend the cafe au lait with beignets at the cafe du monde in New Orleans...a singular experience!

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      Cassiecleo 5 years ago

      Iced tea is the only tea I really like. Coffee all the way!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Tea wins i think XD I love Green Tea anyway!

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      MasterPsycho 5 years ago from Earth

      and the battle continues.........tea is winning so far

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So glad I found this great lens. Two thumbs up. Squid-liked!

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      Terrific lens. If I remember to, I will try to find more links for proving coffee is better than tea. Gotta even out things.

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      Rhidawn 5 years ago

      Great lens. I hope you don't mind, I added this to my "Featured lens" on my coffee cup lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      DeterminedDolphin 5 years ago

      coffee for morning tea for night and I can sleep tight.

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      kimmanleyort 5 years ago

      I love them both. Good idea for a debate, though.

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      homerepellent 5 years ago

      One to start the day, the other to end it. You decide which way you want it.

      Cheers,

      Homerepellent

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      Rian19 6 years ago

      I love tea more than coffee. Plus tea nowadays come in many flavours! Very good lens here, thank you for sharing this with us!

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      PocketfulofParis 6 years ago

      TEA FTW!

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      gregoryolney lm 6 years ago

      It is, of course, purely a matter of taste and nothing to do with one being "better" than the other. I enjoy both - but I do wish some clever person would come up with another hot drink. Look at how many cold drinks there are, but only tea, coffee, hot chocolate, bovril and perhaps one or two more hot drinks !

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      imolaK 6 years ago

      I'm not a coffee drinker-I drink coffee only once or twice a week.;but I drink tea every day. Blessed!

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      MinRu 6 years ago

      I love tea because tea has less caffeine and naturally healthy. Coffee can be addictive.

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      whoisbid lm 6 years ago

      I will drink a coffee in honour of this lens

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      Adinantiquejewe 6 years ago

      I love both. Lovely lens.

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      Philipuk1983 6 years ago

      Coffee all the way :-D

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      little dripper 6 years ago

      Great debate! I'm a big time coffee drinker, so I must stay pretty healthy! :-D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great stuff!! I like your lens; itâs very informative and engaging. Iâm also building a site Drinking how much is too much which is really useful for drinkers.

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i have tried mixing the two together and have been surprised at how nice they taste together! cheers

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      Tyla MacAllister 6 years ago

      I enjoy all kinds of teas but I never developed a taste for coffee.My parents and husband drink lots of it but I just don't like it. I do like the way coffee smells when it is brewing but the taste never matches the aroma for me. I know I'm the exception among Americans but I'll stick with tea.

      *Squid Angel blessed.* :)

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      Kaafscorner 6 years ago

      I have nothing against coffee, it's just that it doesn't agree with my system.

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      AngryBaker 6 years ago

      Great lens... can't take sides though... I adore both coffee and tea...

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      RealKidsPhotographer 6 years ago

      Coffee is much better than tea, i love to brew up coffee with my keurig platinum coffee maker.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Actually, the scientists shape their research depending on which side finances them, so I prefer not to trust anyone. I actually rarely drink any of these two. Coffee occasionally, but I also enjoy a cup of tea sometimes, though coffee tastes better to me. But ultimately, clean water is above all!!!!! :D

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Great topic and well-done lens. One of those 'I wish I would have thought of that' kinda lenses. Like what you've done with it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Asinka: good

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      Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Very nice work and good topic :)