Green tea and coffee – two of the worlds favorite drinks, but with their own benefits and caffeine content. However, they actually have more in common than people may think: For instance, both are created from plants, both have a whole bunch of health benefits, and both are fantastic when you get the measures just right.
While coffee offers more caffeine and a good boost of energy in the morning, green tea is often considered as a great drink for health, containing heaps of antioxidants and other beneficial elements. But, if you’re feeling like a boost or a hot drink, you don’t necessarily have to choose between green tea and coffee: why not mix them instead?
Green tea vs coffee – You don’t need to pick sides
Although people pit coffee and tea against one another, combining the two can lead to interesting and delicious results, with all the same great health benefits and caffeine intake. The best part is, that whatever side you’re on, you might just discover a new favourite hot drink: Tea drinkers might just end up loving coffee, and vice versa.
So, if you’re interested in trying out the new trend of mixing hot tea and coffee into one single beverage, you’re going to want to get it just right – otherwise, it will end up being a disappointment. According to those who’ve tried this unique blend, you get a fantastic energy boost due to the caffeine content, and you feel really great from the antioxidant properties. Also, it’s worth pointing out that the flavor and potency will depend on the types and brands you use, both when it comes to the coffee and the green tea brands.
To get the best results for your experiment, it’s best to use coffee and tea brands that you’re already familiar with before experimenting with different blends. Once you’ve gotten used to the combined flavors, you’ll unlock the possibility of many different tastes as you extend your experiments to other types of tea and coffee.
The benefits of green tea and coffee.
In addition to an entirely new and delicious taste, combining green tea and coffee can give you the energy boost you need to get through an afternoon slump, or to power through your morning routine.
Green tea itself contains some caffeine, and coffee is a caffeinated powerhouse – together, these two offer a great combination of extra energy, one that can be beneficial if you feel yourself slogging through the day.
However, too much caffeine can bring harmful side effects, so it’s important to remember that green tea coffee drinks will come with an increase in the milligrams of caffeine.
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- Potential reduction in cancer risks, thanks to cancer-suppering properties and minerals.
- Increasing your metabolism for weight loss, as part of an overall healthy diet and lifestyle.
- More powerful than vitamin C or E, which can help keep your immune system strong and responsive.
- Good for the heart and skin, helping to keep you healthy through antioxidants and vitamins.
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Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. You can’t go very far in any street without seeing a cafe, selling its many variations. Although it has a high concentration of caffeine, it is not without it’s health benefits, including:
- Increased energy levels, thanks to the caffeine content.
- Helping you lose weight by increasing your metabolism and overall energy levels.
- Lots of nutrients, with plenty of vitamins, including B2, B3, B5 and other minerals that help .
- May lower diabetes, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
- Can help with depression due to the release of dopamine and the reduction of stress hormones.
Blend Bitter with Bitter for Surprising Results
Mixing green tea and coffee together isn’t an entirely new phenomenon. In fact, a drink nicknamed the ‘Dirty Chai’ combines a creamy and caffeine-rich chai latte with a shot of brisk espresso. However, beyond this popular combination, there aren’t too many commercial products that have taken the risk of creating something. If you’re curious about trying the combination for yourself, you’ll most likely need to experiment at home before taking the time to find brands that are doing it.
While a cup coffee is a staple of many people’s lives, not everyone is a fan of green tea; in fact, it’s only grown in popularity in relatively recent years. For many drinkers, green tea leaves may be a little too bitter if left to brew too long, and in a world where sweet beverages reign supreme, a cup of green tea might just be a little too much for some. However, it’s this bitterness that makes it a great companion to coffee.
What people often forget, is that coffee itself can be quite bitter, but just in a different way. And, surprisingly, combining the two hot drinks and their respective flavours actually works really well, creating new flavor combinations that you might not have expected. And, by adding a little sugar, coconut milk or other flavor enhancements, it gets downright delicious.
Bitter tea doesn’t have to be bad
Those people who are really into green tea have already discovered ways to enhance the content of their morning beverages. For instance, many tea lovers are fans of green tea lattes – a blend of green leaves, sugar, and milk frothed to create a bubbly layer at the top. And, when used with matcha, it tastes a lot smoother than expected. Then, by adding coffee or espresso, you’ll create a wonderful combination that’s similar to that of the famous Dirty Chai.
Instead of sipping on the light, slightly bitter taste of green tea, or the strongly bitter taste of plain black coffee, a green tea coffee beverage provides the smoothness you love and know from a cup of green tea with a hint of caffeinated coffee. It’s easy to make your own at home, whether you prefer iced or hot.
So, what’s the best way to mix green tea and coffee?
Now that you know it can be done, here’s how you can go about it.
Start by choosing your favourite green tea powder (ground leaves such as matcha are the best for blending seamlessly into the coffee and milk), together with your favorite coffee or espresso. Then, you can pick which milk you prefer (cow, coconut, almond etc) and then which kind of sweetener you like best.
You might need to experiment with different combinations of flavours and amounts until you hit that sweet spot. And when you do, you’ll never look at hot drinks again. But, how do you go about finding this golden ratio?
Getting it right
Getting the amounts just right is a bit of a science, so here’s a mini guide on how to go about it:.
Before anything else, we recommend that you fully understand the qualities and flavours that you want your creation to have. For instance, do you want something creamier or sweeter? Or do you prefer something a little more earthy, zingy, bitter or higher in caffeine?
The best way to tailor your taste is to familiarise yourself with the different types of tea and coffee that you have available, as they will all have their own respective nuances. And the only way to do that, is of course to taste it! Go ahead and brew yourself a series of small taster shots to get an idea of how things might pan out – but don’t go overboard. Too much caffeine may make sleeping in the evening a little more difficult.
The important thing here is to ensure that the balance of green tea and coffee flavours are just right. If you go too far either side, you’ll just end up with a strange-tasting tea or coffee, instead of the ideal combo.
Go ahead and blend your two favorite flavor profiles together, along with the milk of your choice: it doesn’t matter if its plant-based milk or cow’s milk. Just stick with whatever aligns to your personal taste and food choices.
Now, you need to decide whether or not you want your drink to be hot or cold. You can place it in the fridge for a refreshing treat later or, or microwave it to heat things up again.
Put the kettle on
So, there you go. You’re not weird for thinking about mixing green tea and coffee. As well as enjoying a caffeine-rich and nutritious drink, you’re opening up a whole new world of possible flavor experiences. Once you’ve found the perfect mix, why not let us know and we might just publish the recipe right here on Tea Perspective.