Tea, hot chocolate, and coffee are, by far, among the world's most popular hot beverages. Although they are all delicious (don't you think we don't love a good cup of coffee at Sin Columna), they are all very different in terms of the effects they have on your body and mind. For example, some may ask themselves a very legit question: does tea have more caffeine than coffee? And, if that's true, how much more does it have?
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We have 'em. Read on and find out more.
Similarities between Coffee and Tea
Before getting into the differences between coffee and tea, let's first take a look at some of the similarities.
Namely, both coffee and tea contain caffeine. However, the amount of caffeine present in each drink can vary significantly depending on the type of coffee or tea that is being consumed (more on this a bit later, though).
Aside from caffeine, there are also numerous other similarities between coffee and tea. Some of the most common ones include:
- They are both typically served hot
- Both can be enjoyed with milk and/or sugar
- They are both aromatic, flavorful drinks that can awaken your senses
- How tea or coffee tastes can be majorly influenced by where it comes from, the quality of the plant, how it is plucked, stored, and so on.
In other words, both tea and coffee are plant-based beverages you can have. They both show health benefits, and they both have caffeine (to varying degrees). And they are both great ways to ask someone out. Just sayin'.
Does Tea Have More Caffeine than Coffee?
The short answer to this is: no, tea does not have more caffeine than coffee. Not generally, at least. However (and this is very important to note), the amount of caffeine present in coffee and tea can vary quite a bit depending on the particular drink.
For example, black tea has more caffeine than green tea. That being said, there are variations within each category, too: some black teas have more caffeine than others, and the same goes for green teas. How much you steep your black tea can also influence how caffeinated your drink is.
Generally speaking, a cup of black tea has about 45 mg of caffeine, while a cup of coffee has about 80-100 mg. Green tea has less caffeine than black tea and herbal tea has zero caffeine.
Overall, tea is better for your health because:
- It contains a lot of antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body
- It can improve brain function and memory
- It can help prevent heart disease
- It can help you maintain and lose weight
- Has less caffeine (overall and in general) than coffee does
How about you? What is YOUR favorite hot drink?
Does Tea Have More Caffeine than Coffee: FAQs
Does black tea have more caffeine than coffee?
In short, no, black tea does not have more caffeine than coffee. However, the caffeine content of black tea and coffee can vary significantly depending on the type of tea or how much you brew them.
Does green tea have more caffeine than coffee?
No, green tea does not have more caffeine than coffee. However, green tea generally contains less caffeine than black tea.