Coffee is not my cup of tea… but it could be yours

Coffee is not my cup of tea… but it could be yours

Fun facts about these two classic beverages

My mother has a big machine that makes her black coffee every day. She says it wakes her up and it tastes good, too. I, however, like tea because of its simplicity. All I need is hot water, a cup and a teabag (no machines necessary). Easy. In this essay, I’d like to compare and contrast some differences between these two iconic drinks and reasons why some people may prefer one over the other. Is there a winner? Let’s find out!


Fun facts about coffee:

Coffee is a popular morning drink for many people because it stimulates your brain. This is really helpful for those who feel drowsy during the day. Not only that, but coffee has a very distinct bittersweet taste which many people like.

According to the National Coffee Association, coffee beans were harvested throughout Persia during the 16th century and were commonly enjoyed in homes and public coffee houses called qahveh khaneh.

In the US, I read that the height of drinking coffee was between 1920 and 1940 due to events like Prohibition, the Great Depression and WWII. During these hard times, food kitchens handed out free coffee and donuts and soldiers drank it daily as part of their rations. In addition, famous people like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra sang about drinking coffee in a sophisticated way.


Fun facts about tea:

Tea is popular around the world but is viewed as a quintessential drink in both Europe and Asia. Tea is very simple to make and was also seen as medicinal for centuries. The 5 main types of teas (Black, Green, Oolong, White, and Pu-erh), all come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. The only difference between them is when the tea leaves are harvested and how they are processed. Herbal teas that do not include leaves from this plant are technically not teas.

The history of tea dates back thousands of years ago in China, but it wasn’t until the Tang Dynasty in the 8th century that it became their national drink. Tea didn’t become popular in Europe until the 17th century when Portuguese traders returned from China with these wonderful leaves. In the US, during the 19th century, Americans began taking on more European customs, one of which was tea drinking.


Compare and Contrast:

I think that coffee and tea are both visually appealing. They’re also great drinks to have anytime during the day. They both help the body in some way. However, overconsumption of coffee can lead to addiction, anxiety, increased heart rate and insomnia. Although tea isn’t as severe, it too has caffeine. On a different note, both these drinks are relatively inexpensive to buy, so they’re very accessible.

Is there a clear winner? Of course not. There is only opinions… and I like tea!


Mizuki Wong is a 10th grader at Mountainside High School. In their free time, they enjoy drawing, animating on YouTube, listening to music and learning about science.