The main difference between Tea and Coffee is that the drink made from infusing boiling water with the leaves of the tea plant and brewed beverage prepared from roasted coffee seeds
Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub (bush) native to East Asia. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world. There are many different types of tea; some, like Darjeeling and Chinese greens, have a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavour, while others have vastly different profiles that include sweet, nutty, floral or grassy notes.
Tea originated in Southwest China, where it was used as a medicinal drink. It was popularized as a recreational drink during the Chinese Tang dynasty, and tea drinking spread to other East Asian countries. Portuguese priests and merchants introduced it to Europe during the 16th century. During the 17th century, drinking tea became fashionable among Britons, who started large-scale production and commercialization of the plant in India. Combined, China and India supplied 62% of the world’s tea in 2016.
The term herbal tea refers to drinks not made from Camellia sinensis: infusions of fruit, leaves, or other parts of the plant, such as steeps of rosehip, chamomile, or rooibos. These are sometimes called tisanes or herbal infusions to prevent confusion with tea made from the tea plant.
Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. The genus Coffea is native to tropical Africa (specifically having its origin in Ethiopia and Sudan) and Madagascar, the Comoros, Mauritius, and Réunion in the Indian Ocean. Coffee plants are now cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, Indian subcontinent, and Africa. The two most commonly grown are C. arabica and C. robusta. Once ripe, coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried. Dried coffee seeds (referred to as “beans”) are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. Roasted beans are ground and then brewed with near-boiling water to produce the beverage known as coffee.
Coffee is darkly colored, bitter, slightly acidic and has a stimulating effect in humans, primarily due to its caffeine content. It is one of the most popular drinks in the world, and it can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways (e.g., espresso, French press, caffè latte). It is usually served hot, although iced coffee is a popular alternative. Clinical studies indicate that moderate coffee consumption is benign or mildly beneficial in healthy adults, with continuing research on whether long-term consumption lowers the risk of some diseases, although those long-term studies are of generally poor quality.While coffee is native to Ethiopia and Sudan, the earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking as the modern beverage appears in modern-day Yemen in southern Arabia in the middle of the 15th century in Sufi shrines. It was in what is now Yemen that coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed in a manner similar to how it is now prepared for drinking. But the coffee seeds had to be first exported from East Africa to Yemen, as Coffea arabica is thought to have been indigenous to the former. The Yemenis obtained their coffee via Somali traders from Berbera (who in turn procured the beans from the Ethiopian Highlands) and began to cultivate the seed. By the 16th century, the drink had reached Persia, Turkey, and North Africa. From there, it spread to Europe and the rest of the world.
As of 2016, Brazil was the leading grower of coffee beans, producing one-third of the world total. Coffee is a major export commodity, being the top legal agricultural export for numerous countries. It is one of the most valuable commodities exported by developing countries. Green, unroasted coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Some controversy has been associated with coffee cultivation and the way developed countries trade with developing nations, as well as the impact on the environment with regards to the clearing of land for coffee-growing and water use. Consequently, the markets for fair trade and organic coffee are expanding, notably in the USA.
The dried leaves or buds of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.
“Go to the supermarket and buy some tea.”
The drink made by infusing these dried leaves or buds in hot water.
“Would you like some tea?”
A variety of the tea plant.
“Darjeeling is a tea from India.”
By extension, any drink made by infusing parts of various other plants. Also, meat stock served hot as a drink, often as a stimulant or restorative.
“herb tea|herbal tea|infusion|tisane”
“camomile tea; mint tea; beef tea”
A cup of any one of these drinks, often with a small amount of milk or cream added and sweetened with sugar or honey.
A glass of iced tea, typically served with ice cubes and sometimes with a slice or wedge of lemon.
A light meal eaten mid-afternoon, typically with tea; afternoon tea.
The main evening meal, irrespective of whether tea is drunk with it.
“The family were sitting round the table, having their tea.”
The second and third sessions.
“Australia were 490 for 7 at tea on the second day.”
Information, especially sensitive and/or juicy gossip. Connected to the idea of sipping tea while listening to such information.
“spill the tea on that drama”
A moment, a historical unit of time from China, about the amount of time needed to quickly drink a traditional cup of tea. It is now found in Chinese-language historical fiction.
To drink tea.
To take afternoon tea (the light meal).
A infusing the beans of the coffee plant in hot water.
A serving of this beverage.
The seeds of the plant used to make coffee, misnamed ‘beans’ due to their shape.
The powder made by roasting and grinding the seeds.
A tropical plant of the genus Coffea.
A pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee.
The end of a meal, when coffee is served.
“He did not stay for coffee.”
Of a pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee.
Of a table: a small, low table suitable for people in lounge seating to put coffee cups on.
To drink coffee.
a hot drink made by infusing the dried crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water
“Katherine sipped her tea”
the dried leaves used to make tea
“tea from India and Ceylon”
“tea bags containing teas from selected estates”
a drink made from the infused leaves, fruits, or flowers of plants other than tea
any hot drink, for example, coffee or cocoa.
the evergreen shrub or small tree which produces tea leaves, native to southern and eastern Asia and grown as a major cash crop.
a light afternoon meal consisting typically of tea to drink, sandwiches, and cakes
“they were about to take afternoon tea”
a cooked evening meal
“it reminds me of Sunday teas when I was a very small child”
“fish and chips for tea”
breakfast, typically consisting of a hot drink and bread.
drink tea or take afternoon tea
“I teaed with Professor Herron”
a hot drink made from the roasted and ground seeds (coffee beans) of a tropical shrub
“a coffee pot”
“a cup of coffee”
a cup of coffee
“we went out for a coffee”
coffee seeds roasted and ground, or a powder made from them
“a jar of instant coffee”
a pale brown colour like that of milky coffee
“a maxi dress in cream with a coffee silk trim”
the shrub which yields coffee seeds, native to the Old World tropics.