It's a chilly, February morning, and your friends offer to take you out for a drink. They ask if you would prefer coffee or tea. What would you choose? To many Americans, it is hard to get through the morning without one or the other. Several cannot get much done without the daily dosage of coffee or tea. However, the real question is not which is better, but do factors, like health, affect opinions on a drink?
Tea is believed to be first discovered by the Chinese, in 2737 BC, when the Emperor of China was boiling water under a tree when the leaves fell into the boiling water. To his surprise, he had just discovered tea. Tea was consumed by generally everyone, and it was believed that people who drank tea would stay alert, focused and calm.
Coffee, on the other hand, was not discovered until the 11th century, by the Ethiopians. It is said that Kaldi, a goat herder, noticed his goats were so “hyperactive” that they did not rest overnight, and he later discovered that they were consuming a berry, but what do consumers think of the longlasting feud on coffee and tea? “Coffee is the greatest drink on the planet. It’s necessary to wake up in the morning and feel good about yourself on a day to day basis,” says Samuel Dean, ex-barista at Starbucks.
However, not everyone sees eye to eye. Mr. Bell, Physics teacher thinks niether coffee or tea is tasty or necessary. “I do not like either; I don’t drink coffee or tea… I think they're disgusting.” People like Samuel would disagree, as he “drinks 4 cups a day.”
On the flip side, health side effects can contribute towards the enjoyment of a cup of joe or a cup of tea. Drinking several cups of coffee a day can cause health problems. According to blog, “Warrior Coffee,” drinking 80-100 cups of coffee in a “short session” can be lethal to your body as it is ingesting 10-13 grams of caffeine as it can be seen addicting. “I think that caffeine is addicting,” said Mr. Bell, with a disgusted facial expression. However, coffee can be rewarding as it helps you stay alert and is known to reduce different types of cancers, such as prostate cancer in men and endometrial cancer in women.
When it comes to tea and health, Mr. Bell states that, “People market tea to be healthier,” yet the fact is that tea is healthy, and has natural antioxidants like catechins, which helps the human body protect itself from damaging chemicals. Tea can also fight inflammation, reduce strokes and lower risks for memory loss.
To conclude, Coffee vs. tea is an ongoing “hot topic” that has become a feud, and will only be resolved based on the consumers taste. It is only fitting that coffee and tea will continue to be an unsolved mystery as objects like health will contribute towards the liking of joe or a cup of tea.
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