Caffeine Differences in Tea & Coffee

Caffeine is a natural substance found in leaves and seeds of some plants, and it works to provide protection against parasites and insects that try to eat these plants. In this capacity, it works as a natural pesticide. However, there is another use of caffeine, and that is as a stimulant. Human beings have been consuming this alkaloid for hundreds of years in the form of tea and coffee, the beverages that contain caffeine in varying amounts. There are many who think that it is coffee that contains caffeine and tea is innocuous in this regard. However, caffeine is found in tea leaves too. This article attempts to find out the differences between the effects of caffeine in tea vs. caffeine in coffee.

Key Takeaways

  • An 8-ounce cup of tea provides 15-57mg of caffeine whereas a cup of coffee provides 80-135mg of caffeine.
  • Caffeine in tea binds up with tannins and our body has to break that to feel high of caffeine. This is the reason why coffee provides a high much quicker than tea.
  • However, this high does not remain for long, and there is a thud leading to normal energy levels quickly. On the other hand, with tea, there is a gradual increase in the uptake of caffeine and also a gradual decrease in energy levels.
Dmitri Ivanov
Dmitri Ivanov
Dmitri Ivanov, a writer and managing editor, was educated in Canada and holds a BS in Science. Dmitri loves doing research, writing, and teaching various courses.


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