Your sweetie drinks coffee and you drink tea. How do you cope? Before total war breaks out — like the kind in the movie “The War of the Roses” where dividing marital assets during divorce negotiations were taken to a ridiculous extreme — let’s see if there is some way to keep the peace. Barring that, we’ll try to work it so you can win the drink wars.
The main question is why drink coffee or why drink tea. Let’s face it, they both pack a caffeine jolt (the average cuppa joe contains 85 milligrams while the average cuppa tea has 47 milligrams), both have a variety of flavors and styles based on where they are grown and how they are processed, and both have flavorings added to them. There needs to be some reason why one person chooses coffee and another chooses tea.
“Nurture” is certainly one reason. That is, some grow up in a household where coffee is the wake-up cuppa and might even be consumed throughout the day. Other households might be tea drinkers who themselves grew up in a household of tea drinkers. In a sort of Romeo and Juliet scenario, the coffee drinking family may not want any relations with the tea drinking family, but a young coffee drinker meets and goes gaga for a young tea drinker and marries her. Thus, the drink wars are initiated.
“Efficient caffeine dosing” is another reason. You need to drink only half as much coffee as tea to get the same amount of caffeine. Of course, the opposite is true — you can drink tea and avoid about half the caffeine you would get in the coffee. I drink about 48 to 64 ounces of tea per day on average. Imagine the caffeine intake that would be if I were drinking coffee. Talk about getting the caffeine jitters!
“Healthy lifestyle” is a questionable reason. Tea is supposed to have a number of health benefits that coffee does not, such as the caffeine level being about half but also elements that work with your body’s chemistry to fight off disease and aging.
“Practicality” is a great reason. Tea is generally cheaper than coffee (sure, there are some pricey teas and coffees out there, but we’re talking about the basic ones here) and usually easier to make. It also stains less if spilled and tends not to be as sticky (if you don’t use honey or sugar to sweeten it).
Now all that remains is convincing the coffee drinker in your household (be it the ‘he’ of the house or the ‘she’ of the house) to give tea a try. How you accomplish that will be up to you to determine. If facts don’t work, you may have to resort to more — um, well — “unconventional” techniques!
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