A quick search online will reveal many studies that have been conducted on tea, tisanes and coffee. Some general information about these beverages is listed below.
THE HEALTH ATTRIBUTES OF TEA
Tea is the second most consumed beverage on the planet! Millions of pounds of tea are produced and sold each year on every continent on Earth. And while most people drink teas because they taste great, we’re lucky that there are also health benefits too! Tea (Camellia sinensis) contains caffeine, flavonoids, L-theanine, tannin, and many more naturally occurring chemicals, vitamins and minerals. It contains a number of antioxidants that researchers believe aid humans in a variety of ways for a variety of health issues.
Continuous research is being conducted on the health benefits of consuming tea on a daily basis.
SOME SUBSTANCES FOUND IN TEA
Phytochemicals – Naturally occurring plant compounds.
CHEMISTRY OF TEA
Leaves contain many chemicals including amino acids, carbohydrates, mineral ions, caffeine, & polyphenolic compounds.
Caffeine content (in an 8oz cup)(mg/100g)
Note: Coffee’s caffeine is absorbed quicker than tea’s due to the Polyphenols in tea. The effects of caffeine in tea are released slower and also last longer in the body providing a more stable stimulant
The category “Herbal tisanes” comprises a vast group of herbs used to make infusions (both hot and iced). Many articles can be found with data and research on a variety of herbs such as: Rooibos, Lemon Myrtle, Hibiscus, Olive Leaf, Licorice Root, Echinacea and many more.
COFFEE BENEFITS IN THE NEWS
Coffee, as a beverage, has been brightening people’s mornings since around 1000 AD. Simpson & Vail started out in the early 1900’s as a green coffee merchant, and while most of the business today centers around tea and herbal tisanes, there are still those of us here that enjoy the aroma and taste of fresh roasted Arabica beans.
Over the years research into the health benefits from drinking coffee have yo-yoed back and forth as to the benefits or potential harm of coffee consumption. We have noticed in our business that some tea consumers drink tea simply for the health benefits but coffee drinkers don’t seem to pay as much attention – they love coffee and will drink it as much as possible! But coffee drinkers can certainly find a lot of claims about coffee’s healthy impact.