Coffee, Tea, and Caffeine

I will be honest - my body responds well to caffeine in the morning! I am intrigued by people that show up to an early morning meeting without coffee or tea. How do they make it? I have wondered if my need for coffee in the morning is just habit or the soothing experience of drinking the hot beverage or the actual caffeine. So I decided to do a little research into what I was putting into my body and the difference between the caffeine in coffee and tea.

What I found is that the caffeine in coffee and tea is technically the same. As we all know, caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, heart, and muscles. But many things affect the amount of caffeine that is in your morning cup of coffee or tea. For coffee, the amount of caffeine varies with the coffee species, how the coffee beans are roasted (as in roasting time), grind size, the amount of ground coffee used, the water temperature, and the brewing technique. For tea, the amount of caffeine is affected by the processing of the tea, the leaf location on the tea plant, brewing time, and temperature of water to name a few.

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There is an amino acid found only in tea that reduces stress and promotes relaxation. It works with caffeine in a synergistic way to calm the body without reducing caffeine alertness. And the high levels of antioxidants in tea slow the absorption of caffeine, resulting in a gentler increase of chemical in the system and a longer period of alertness without the crash at the end. For me, while the caffeine level my cup of tea tends to be lower than my cup of coffee, I know my body responds better to the caffeine in my cup of tea. So back to my Earl Grey Oolong and creating a new habit that my body will love!

-Tammy