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Tea vs. Coffee: An Age-Old Debate. Where do you come down on the two?

I come from a divided household. My dad is firmly a coffee drinker–a “black, no sugar” kind of guy. I don’t even think he drinks it because he likes it; it’s just for the caffeine boost. My mom drinks exactly two cups of tea every morning. She used to be a coffee drinker, but now she only drinks it if that’s all that’s available.

I used to vacillate between the two. I like coffee, but I prefer the taste of tea. After going off caffeine completely for a few months last year, now a cup of coffee is usually too much for me. What is the difference in caffeine content between tea and coffee?

If we’re looking at the leaves and beans themselves, tea leaves actually contain more caffeine than coffee beans do. However, when brewed, the beans release more caffeine than tea leaves do; most of tea’s caffeine stays in the leaves.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the average cup of coffee contains 95-165 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. A cup of black tea of the same size contains 25-48 mg; green tea has 25-29 mg.

Coffee packs more of a punch, by the numbers. A single cup contains two to six times as much caffeine as a cup of tea. I think I’ll just go to bed earlier and stick to tea. How about you?

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