Coffee vs. Tea


As the summer comes to a close, and the impending school year comes closer I am already preparing myself for the long days ahead. Between classes, work, and hopefully a position in an organization I desperately want as well as a possibly an internship, I realize that the potential for a very busy schedule is high. Like most college students, I am a huge fan of caffeine to help get me through those insanely crazy days. Any more, every time I go out to the store or to the mall I’m tempted to add more money onto my Starbucks card just to prepare myself. That being said, I have never been a fan on energy drinks. For one, they make me spaz which then turns into bad anxiety. As good as they might taste; personally, the anxiety is far from worth it. The other option for most people is typically a form of pop. Again, not something I drink. It’s not that I don’t love it, I just choose not to drink it. With those two out of the way, that brings me to my great debate; which is better, coffee or tea? Like just about every other stereotypical girl out there, I am a huge fan of anything Starbucks. Mocha Cookie Crumble? Yes please! Passion Tea Lemonade? I’ll take two. Oh, and don’t even get me started on those Refreshers….yum!

With that in mind, as young health-conscious women we need to be aware that we need to choose the best option for ourselves. When it comes time to crack-down on the books, or stay awake during that early morning lecture, you need to decide where you fall in these two categories: the need for a jolt of energy, the want to stay healthy.


Caffeine Content

On average, black coffee of all forms has 360% more caffeine than tea. A small Starbucks black coffee has 180 mg of caffeine, whereas a small Starbucks black tea is only 50 mg. In all instances, coffee comes out on top with the highest caffeine content. So if you’re looking for a quick energy boost then coffee is the way to go! But if you’re looking for a beverage that will give you more long-lasting energy opposed to a crash later on, then tea is the way to go.

Health Benefits

Although tea is almost always the only one talked about in regards of health benefits, coffee also has much to share as well. White tea has been shown to have properties that help fight obesity, cancer prevention, and defense against heart disease. Both green and white teas contain many antioxidants. As for coffee, it has been shown to raise cholesterol yet it can also decrease a person’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s later in life. Also, due to its high caffeine content, coffee drinkers are more prone to experience anxiety. At the end of the day, if health benefits are what you seek then tea is the way to go.

As Smart Girls, we’re prone to taking on a lot and doing it all at 110%. Go big or go home, right? But though we may do it all, it doesn’t mean we don’t need a little outside help every now and then. Ultimately, in a debate between coffee and tea it is purely up to your needs, your body, and your preferences.


Kristen Wooten

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