When it comes to coffee and tea, the two share few similarities: both may be beverages created from plants and their products, but they taste completely different and are sipped for opposite reasons.
While coffee offers caffeine and a boost of energy to the sleepy, tea is meant to be a warm and relaxing drink, with limited amounts of caffeine in every cup. Even fans of these two drinks tend to choose sides – coffee lovers versus tea drinkers.
Mixing Tea with Coffee? What?
However, although we tend to pit coffee and tea against one another, combing the two can lead to interesting and delicious results. Tea drinkers can come to love coffee, and vice versa; try blending the two together into one drink, and you may discover that you’re a coffee and tea person.
If you’re interested in trying out the new trend of mixing hot coffee and tea together into one single beverage, consider adding some coffee to your next cup of green tea. According to those who’ve tried this unique blend, such as Teagora, it can offer the best of both worlds. 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. Use a coffee and a tea that you enjoy on their own to start with, and eventually you can experiment by choosing options with more complimentary flavor profiles when you really want to get intricate.
Blend Bitter with Bitter for Surprising Results
Mixing tea and coffee together isn’t an entirely new phenomenon. In fact, a drink nicknamed the Dirty Chai combines a creamy chai latte with a shot of brisk espresso. Beyond this unusual combination, though, there haven’t been many who have experimented with tea and coffee combinations. That’s where green tea coffee comes in.
Not everyone is a fan of green tea; in fact, it’s only grown in popularity in relatively recent years. Many cite its light bitterness as the reason for their dislike; however, this is one reason why it’s an excellent choice to pair with coffee.
While green tea offers a hint of bitterness blended into sweet flavor notes, coffee is quite the bitter beverage. When you combine the two together, you can create an entirely new flavor profile that’s the best of both the coffee and tea worlds.
Plus, if your green tea is that bitter, you’re probabally steeping it for too long.
Many tea lovers are fans of green tea lattes – a blend of green tea, sugar, and milk frothed to create the bubbly layer resting atop all traditional lattes. Add coffee or espresso, and you have a wonderful combination similar to that of a 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.
Making an at-home green tea coffee blend can bring benefits to your wallet as well.
Choose your favorite green tea powder (ground leaves are best for blending seamlessly into the coffee and milk), your favorite coffee or espresso, milk, and some sugar if you want to increase the sweetness – and all of this together can be more cost effective than ordering a coffee-and-green tea latte at your local coffee haven. Pour over ice, and you can enjoy a chilled version in the hot summer months.
Mix Coffee and Tea Carefully
A green tea latte with coffee isn’t your only option when considering adding coffee to your tea. As easy as it is to combine coffee and green tea to your liking (or to your tastebuds’ surprise), there is a bit of science to blending a delicate cup of tea with a strong brew of coffee.
As Teagora recommends, it’s important to know what qualities – and flavors – you want to shine in your green tea coffee creations. Follow these steps to determine what you want to blend together.
- First, try out a variety of different green tea types and brands to discover what you love. Do you prize the sweet and subtle varieties, or do you prefer a little bite in each sip?
- Next, it’s time to taste some coffee. Perform a similar tasting process to determine what type of coffee you want to highlight in your green tea concoction. You want to make sure the coffee won’t entirely overpower the tea, and vice versa.
- Blend your two favorite flavor profiles together, along with the milk of your choice. Allow it to cool in your fridge, or heat the liquids together on the stove or in the microwave.
If you want to sip on tea and coffee together, but don’t want to mix up or brew your own at home, coffee-and-tea drinks are available in coffee shops and even chain stores. Starbucks makes its very own green tea latte, and you can ask your barista to brew one for you at your favorite independent coffee spot.
Don’t forget to ask for a shot of espresso or your favorite roast to be included – otherwise, they might hand you a tea-only latte similar to that of the chai latte.
The Benefits of Green Tea Coffee
In addition to an entirely new and delicious taste, combining green tea and coffee together 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.