Tea vs Coffee: Regional Interest, Origins, Caffeine and Culture

Tea and coffee are two of the most widely consumed beverages in The United States.  With popularity and interest in tea continuing to grow substantially in recent years, many consumers have recently considered making the switch from coffee to tea, if they have not done so already.  All the buzz surrounding tea and coffee may have you wondering, what are the differences?  As it turns out, the differences are many and varied.

In the U.S., interest in tea spans coast to coast with interest being highest in Hawaii and California but stretching to the eastern states of Vermont and New York. On the other hand, the highest interest in coffee tends to be concentrated more in the north and western regions, with the highest search volumes appearing in the states of Hawaii, Washington and Minnesota.

Distinctions between tea and coffee also vary in origin and production.  All tea is derived from the harvested leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, while there are about 60 different species of coffee plants.  Production of tea is quicker and more efficient:  Camellia sinensis plants only need to grow for three years before they are ready to process; coffee plants take up to five years.

Perhaps the most concerning issue consumers have when considering making the switch to tea is the question of caffeine.  The good news is, when it comes to tea and caffeine, there is something for everyone.  Unlike coffee, which typically only comes in decaffeinated and regular, there are several varieties of tea available, based on caffeine preference.  From herbal teas that are naturally free of caffeine, to premium green and black teas that offer less than half the caffeine of coffee, to high caffeine teas such as our specially formulated HiCAF® blends that contain slightly more caffeine than a cup of coffee, there is a variety sure to suit your needs.  As an added bonus, the lower acidity levels in tea tend to be gentler on the stomach for a more soothing pick-me-up.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  If, like many Americans, the rising popularity in tea has your interest piqued, the images below will help to clearly spell out the differences between tea and coffee for you.


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Tea vs Coffee infographic by www.republicoftea.com