Coffea – the tea that’s half coffee


Ever torn between whether to have tea or coffee?

Well now you can have both…sort of. Scientists claim to have discovered a tea that is made from coffee leaves – and its apparently healthier than both drinks.

It is said to have an ‘earthy’ taste that is less bitter than tea but not quite as strong as coffee. Experts claim it also contains high amounts of compounds which lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

The Daily Telegraph reports:

The researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, and the Joint Research Unit for Crop Diversity, Adaptation and Development in Montpellier, believe coffee leaves could provide a new, healthy drink to rival coffee and traditional green or black tea.

Dr Aaron Davies, a coffee expert and botanist at Kew Gardens who helped conduct the research, said coffee leaf tea was popular among some locals in places like Ethiopia and South Sudan and there had even been an attempt to market it in Britain in the 1800s.

Perhaps they’d have had more success marketing it as ‘toffee’, rather than ‘coffea’?

Image credit: ‘Morning Green Tea‘ by Kanko. Reproduced from Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

About Michael Taggart

Michael Taggart is married to mdtea and Metrodeco co-owner Helen. He advises mdtea on marketing and because of a personal love of tea, writes the occasional post himself.
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