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What am I talking about? No, not olives, caviar or which shoe color I should be wearing with my dress of the day, but more importantly: TEA!

Green Tea versus Black Tea. That is the topic of today’s post.

I recall the first time that it became evident to me that there were different types of tea. My friends had introduced me to Bubble Tea (which of course, is another topic altogether) when I saw the different options available on the menu board: Black Tea or Green Tea. I had no idea what the difference was, and not to date myself, but at the time  there was no such thing as a data plan let alone a WiFi hotspot (I think internet cafes were still popular and cable internet was still a thing of the future!).  Today, faced with that same decision to make (black tea or green tea) I am sure that one of us would have taken out our smartphone and used the internet to “Google” the difference!  So, what is the difference? The lady making the bubble tea didn’t offer me much of an answer so, I had to rely on trial and error. I don’t remember if I had chosen green or black tea that evening, but upon subsequent visits to that very same bubble tea shop, I had the opportunity to eventually try both types. (Several more times!)

Some say that green tea has a grassy flavor to it and black tea is a bit sweeter and nicer to consume. However, in my case I found that the green tea was mild and more subtle when consumed as bubble tea. I didn’t notice any grassiness at all. Perhaps it is because of all the sugar and added flavor. I eventually decided that I preferred black tea over green tea when it came to bubble tea, because it had a bolder and more distinct flavor even after the sugar and flavor was added. It probably also helped that it would give me that extra pick me up, considering black tea has twice the amount of caffeine that green tea has. Black tea only has half the amount of caffeine that coffee has, but since I’m not a coffee drinker, that is plenty of a jolt for me.

Although black tea contains a good amount of antioxidants, green tea is less processed than black tea so it contains even more antioxidants. If popularity was a key factor, then black tea would triumph as it is the tea that is most widely consumed in the world. However, this may be due the fact that it is more widely available, considering black tea is more commonly produced than all other types of tea put together.

Although green tea has become increasingly popular, I find it to be a bit bitter when drunk on its own. I like to enjoy it with a sweet dessert so that the flavors offset each other. Black tea has a bit of a sweeter base (although it can sometimes be bitter too, depending on the variety) so I don’t mind drinking it casually with some sugar and cream. Luckily, both green and black tea are easily affordable. I can keep both on hand and drink the one that I’m in the mood for!

There you have it.  Simple yet distinct differences between black and green tea.  How will you decide on your next cup?
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  • Alisa May 22, 2011

    I’m more of a coffee drinker, but I would occasionally drink tea. I prefer green tea over black, especially with some lemon bars or tarts 🙂

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