From movies and sitcoms to general office chit-chat, it’s usually a cup of coffee that gets depicted as the best way to get your daily hit. With a coffee shop on every corner, catch-ups over coffee or a good ole coffee morning, it’s no wonder that coffee is the strong favourite. But, interestingly, tea has more caffeine in it per mg. See, tea leaves have around 3.5% caffeine in them whereas unbrewed coffee beans have only around 1.1-2.2% caffeine. So, technically there is more caffeine in tea than coffee per mg but it’s all in how you brew up as to how much caffeine you actually drink in your cuppa joe.
Once you start to add hot water and brew your coffee beans or your tea leaves the amount of caffeine changes. This is because the hot water actually extracts the caffeine from the coffee beans and it’s more concentrated than when you brew a cup of tea.
Which is probably why coffee is the more preferable choice when it comes to getting that much-needed caffeine fix. But, if you want to get a stronger concentration of caffeine from your cup of tea then keep steeping it for longer. Think of caffeine in coffee like a short, sharp hit and caffeine in tea like a slower releasing boost; a bit like choosing a pastry over a bowl of porridge for breakfast.