Are you a coffee or tea person? Soon, you could have both in one hot beverage. Researchers form the Royal Botanic Gardens in London collaborated with researchers in France to find the perfect brew that is essentially tea made from coffee leaves.
The hybrid drink contains less caffeine and is a healthier choice than either traditional beverage. The coffee leaf tea is described to have an “earthy” taste and is less bitter than tea and not as strong as coffee.
The unique tea also claims to have high levels of compounds that can lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. It also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s not a new discovery as there has been evidence that the leaf of the coffee is brewed into tea in places such as Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Indonesia. Dr. Aaron Davies, a botanist from the Royal Botanic Gardens, wrote that:
“In 1851 people were touting it as the next tea and there were all these reports about its qualities. It was said to give immediate relief from hunger and fatigue, and ‘clear the brain of its cobwebs’. It was also said to be refreshing – although some found it undrinkable.”