Coffee Drinker or a Tea Drinker?
So, what are you? A Coffee Drinker or a Tea Drinker? I recently ran a poll on Google+ and at the time of writing this, 64% of the 325+ voters voted for Coffee. I don’t know the demographics of the voters, as G+ does not have that functionality, but looking at a few profiles, I can say most of them were youngsters (17 years to 30 something). You can also VOTE from here:
So let us see some facts about these hot drinks
Facts about Tea
Types: How many types of tea have you had? Multiple? But you know what, all these types come from same plant – Camellia sinensis. The flavors, aroma and all these features depend on the way the leaves are treated. Basically, there are 4 types of tea – Black Tea, Green Tea, White Tea and Oolong Tea.
Popularity: Though the poll may say that there are more Coffee drinker, the fact of the matter is Tea is the 2nd most consumed drink in the world; first being Water.
Darjeeling Tea: I proudly say that Darjeeling tea is the most famous and highly-prized teas in the world. Also, because it is so famous, most of the tea sold under this name, is fake! One has to be very careful in buying Darjeeling Tea.
Nutrients: You must have heard you parents telling you not drink tea or else your complexion will get darker. Here is a nutri-fact about Tea. We all know that tea is a natural antioxidant. But most of us don’t know that it is rich in Vitamins, such as B1, B2 and B6. It is also rich in mineral such as potassium, manganese, folic acid and calcium. But there is one catch – the lesser the tea leaves are processed, more it will have antioxidants. That is why Green Tea is considered healthier than Black Tea.
Now lets talk about Coffee
Discovery: Do you know how Coffee was discovered? According to legend, Ethiopian shepherds first realized the caffeinated effects of coffee when they noticed their goats started “dancing” after eating coffee berries.
What is it: Coffee is actually a fruit – it’s beans are actually Red Berries which are converted to Coffee Beans. Also, the caffeine in the coffee are crystals of the size which are too small for the naked eye.
Popular types: The most popular and the most expensive Coffee is Luwak. And do you know how is it produced? The Coffee beans are fed to mongoose and their feces are used to make this Coffee. Yuck! It costs somewhere around $160 per pound (some sources mentioned it is $600/pound).
So what if Tea is the 2nd most consumed drink. Coffee is the 2nd highest traded commodity in the world. And you know what is the 1st one? Oil.
Coffee Ban? According to a website, there have been total 5 attempts on banning Coffee. The first one being in 1511, Mecca. The reason for banning Coffee was it was believed that it stimulated ‘radical thinking’! For rest of the bans, go ahead and google.
Production: Columbia and Brazil, together produce 40% of the world’s Coffee. Way to go guys!
Nutri-facts: Yes, Coffee too has good news for you. Coffee too contains quite a few Vitamins and is also an antioxidant. And, if you are worried about high doze of caffeine, you will have to have more than a hundred cups for Coffee to be lethally over-dozed.
Well! These were some of the facts I could collect from various sources. Do share with us if you know more facts about these 2 drinks.
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