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Can I mix coffee with tea? – Coffee Quiz


Yes, you absolutely can. The combination of coffee and tea in one beverage is quite popular in Asian countries like China and Vietnam. At the moment, Western countries are gradually following in that footsteps as well as a healthy lifestyle. Tea is a refined beverage that needs preparation and consumption time. The pace is leisurely, quiet, and relaxing, with a calming beverage. On the contrary, coffee culture may be intense and fast-paced. Sometimes, people wonder if they should choose between tea and coffee. The good answer is why don't we mix them instead?  

Can I mix coffee with tea? – Coffee Quiz

While coffee’s flavor ranges from nutty to chocolaty, with floral and citrus flavors thrown in for good measure. Its flavor is totally determined by the type and origin of the coffee beans used to make it. On the other hand, tea has a much milder flavor. Black tea has a slightly nutty and earthy flavor. And green tea is even milder and earthier with undertones of spearmint. So what will it be when the two different flavors mix together? Well, mixing the two can result in a sophisticated flavor. One of the best tips to get the best results for your experiment is that you should use tea and coffee brands that are familiar to your taste. Once you become accustomed to the combination, you can extend your experiments to other brands. 

Caffeine, a stimulant, is naturally present in both coffee and tea. This is a great combination to have energy throughout the day. In addition, some people find caffeine could help to improve our memories with the great workload. While tea is a healthy drink because it contains many antioxidants and other beneficial elements, coffee provides lots of caffeine that can boost energy in the morning, and help to increase your concentration when you feel tired or less focused than usual. Additionally, mixing coffee and tea can bring many benefits such as increasing cognitive ability, less inflammation, and lower blood sugar. 

Nevertheless, too much caffeine can produce a detrimental impact on your health, so it is essential to keep in mind that the combination may increase the milligrams of caffeine. 

“Tra Lai” – Vietnamese well-known version of coffee with tea

Tra Lai (Vietnam) - mix of coffee and tea

Vietnam is the second-largest producer of coffee in the world at the present. As a result, coffee is a drink that Vietnamese people have enjoyed since ancient times. In Vietnam, "Tra Lai" is a popular drink made from a blend of coffee and tea. “Tra Lai” is a variation of “Tra Duong”, which tea served with sugar. It is served to people of all ages in Vietnam, particularly those who cannot drink much coffee but enjoy the scent and flavor of it. "Tra Lai" is often served in roadside cafés and small street vendors (also known as “quan coc” in Vietnamese) where people can gossip and enjoy themselves with their friends and loved ones. Especially, “Tra Lai” is an inexpensive drink that costs around 10,000 VND (about $0.50).

Here are the steps on how to make it.

Step 1: Prepare the tea

Brew tea with hot water (about 75 - 80 degrees) to maintain the full flavor and color of the tea. With 250ml, you'll need roughly 6-7g of tea (or you may go by the ratio: tea equals 1/4 of a pot because iced tea should be made a little thicker, and melting ice tastes like tea).

Step 2: Prepare the coffee

Put 30g of black coffee in a cup, cover with 300ml boiling water, stir until the coffee is fully dissolved, and set aside to cool.

Step 3: Complete

The tea, sugar, and ice combination are then added. The coffee is then poured into the top layer as the last stage. Then enjoy it.

Yuanyang HongKong tea – a pleasant flavor with the healthy and balanced lifestyle

Yuanyang HongKong tea – a pleasant flavor with the healthy and blanced lifestyle

You will undoubtedly find many methods to combine tea and coffee. So how does it work in Hong Kong?

“Yuanyang” is a coffee-tea beverage that is popular in Hongkong. This is spelled differently such as yinyueng, yinyong, or yuenyueng. Hong Kong people believe that tea is cool, coffee is hot, so this combination will bring balance to the body. Hong Kong-ers also name this tea “Lovebird tea” because they are known for being fast-paced and hardworking, so naturally, they would mix this strong coffee with similarly strong black milk tea. You may find this drink has a special and pleasant flavor. To enhance the taste or depending on each person's preference, you can add bubble tea pearls or some kind of jelly that you have.

Here are the steps on how to make it.

Step 1: Brew your 1/4 cup black tea leaves in 4 1/2 cups of water. Then brew your 4 1/2 cups coffee while the tea is steeping.

Step 2: Then combine them in a large bowl or carafe. Stir the sugar (5-8 teaspoons) into the coffee/tea mixture. After that, add the 3/4 half-and-half.

Step 3: This can make 8-10 servings depending on the size of the cup. This “Yuanyang” can also be served chilled or over ice.

Surprisingly matcha powder and coffee could be a matcha made in the divine

We have all known that matcha is a powered type of Japanese green tea. If you are a huge fan of green tea, you can consume matcha with a shot of espresso to give it a tasty flavor. Combining these two into one beverage can provide amazing flavor and health benefits. In fact, one of the biggest reasons why people mix coffee and matcha powder is this could help them to start with a burst of energy. Also, providing a cup of coffee with matcha can cut down on the acidic characteristics. Moreover, the matcha caffeine content is released more slowly.

There are some tips for you to get the best results such as using high-quality matcha and coffee, using boiling coffee to ensure that the two components combine smoothly, using a spoon to stir and ensure that everything is settled and mixed, and consuming the drink immediately after completion.

This post was first published in 2022 but it was updated in 2023 just for you. 

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