When it comes to hot drinks, it usually comes to down to two choices tea or coffee. While Americans favour coffee by far there are a lot of countries that go for tea. From the Orient to the British Isles people go for tea. Let’s take a closer look at the qualities of these two very distinct drinks and see what they have to offer:
Tea- Tea is kind of drink produced when hot water is added to the leaves of the tea plant that has been dried and cured. It combines a slightly astringent and cooling flavour that makes it a favourite drink in many parts of the world. In fact it is so popular that only plain water comes ahead of it when it comes to popularity. That’s how common tea drinking is.
The tea plant is grown in tropical and sub-tropical climates and it is a tree that can reach to a great height but in tea plantations the plants are usually limited to waist height to ensure that the picking of the leaves is going to be easy. Only the tip of the buds are harvested and processed. The different types of tea that are available are produced according to the type of processing that they undergo.
Most tea that are sold these days come in bags and usually they are blending of different types of tea from different areas.
Coffee- Coffee drink is produced from the beans of the coffee plant that has undergone processing. This plant is grown in many parts of the world and there are different varieties of it. The fruit of the plant is picked and then the fleshy part of the fruit is removed. After that process, the beans, as the seed of the coffee plant is known undergoes a fermentation process to remove the mucus layer that still surrounds the seed. It is then roasted and ground to make the familiar coffee drink.
Coffee is a very popular drink and is actually one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. It is a major cash crop for a lot of countries.
Benefits of Tea- Tea have been used for centuries in countries like China and there is a long list of claims in regards to the benefits that can be derived from drinking tea. Here are just some of the benefits of tea that has been scientifically proven:
- It helps to build a stronger immune system.
- Helps in weight loss, keeps the skin looking young, and lowers blood pressure.
- Helps reduce the risk of heart diseases.
Benefits of Coffee- The most common reason why people drink coffee is because of the stimulating effects that it has on the body. This is primarily caused by the caffeine content of the drink. There are also a lot of proven benefits of coffee drinking and here are some of them:
- It helps in the prevention of certain types of cancer.
- It reduces the likelihood of developing diabetes.
- Coffee helps in the protection of organs like the liver.
There is really no clear cut answer as to which is better between the two drinks. Even the number of benefits that can be derived from them seems to be tied.