If coffee and tea have the same amount of caffeine, why does coffee get associated more with waking up and tea with relaxing?

If coffee and tea have the same amount of caffeine, why does coffee get associated more with waking up and tea with relaxing?

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  1. First of all, coffee and tea do not have the same caffeine content. There are teas that contain more caffeine than your average coffee, but an average cup of coffee has about twice the caffeine of an average cup of tea.
    But the real answer to the question is in an amino acid called L-Theanine, which is found in tea, but not in coffee. The theanine acts as a relaxant, and it also moderates the effect of the caffeine. Tea doesn’t give you the immediate caffeine rush that coffee does, because the energy comes on more slowly.
    On the other hand, tea also doesn’t give you the afternoon crash you get after drinking coffee, because the effects of the caffeine are spread out and slowed down.
    The caffeine and theanine combine to produce a “relaxed alertness” which may not be enough for a caffeine-addicted person rushing to wake up in ten minutes and get to work, but is perfect for focusing and being productive in the afternoon.
    For a caffeine addict that wants to try tea instead, look into matcha. A shot of matcha can get you going in the morning every bit as well as a shot of espresso.
    Note: My answer does not apply to so-called “herbal” tea, which does not contain actual tea leaves.

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  2. Because both contain caffeine, tea and coffee both have a waking-up effect, but the caffeine content is different . In fact, even the caffeine content among different types of tea varies a lot.
    In various contexts, coffee is often associated with ” morning ” and “when concentration is needed”. While tea is usually consumed at a more distracted time, people mostly associate tea with ” afternoon ”.
    In Chinese tea culture, there is a concept called ” Shenshi tea “.
    “Shenshi” refers to the period from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm .

    If coffee and tea have the same amount of caffeine, why does coffee get associated more with waking up and tea with relaxing?

    According to Chinese medicine, “Shenshi” corresponds to the bladder meridian , which is the most important detoxification channel in the body. Drinking tea at this time of day helps to detoxify the body so is a very healthy leisure activity.

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  3. Both coffee and tea contain the stimulant drug caffeine, but brewed tea contains about 25 to 45 mg of caffeine per 8-ounce cup while brewed coffee ranges from 100 to 165 mg per cup.
    But there’s another reason why tea may feel less stimulating than coffee. Tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that some studies have suggest exerts a relaxing or calming effect.
    Both drinks also contain hundreds of other chemical compounds, some psychoactive and others not, that may contribute to the effects you feel.

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  4. Coffee beverages tend to be considerably more caffeinated by volume than tea — though of course there can be a good deal of variation. An 8 oz. cup of brewed coffee typically ranges from about 100 – 200 mg of caffeine content, whereas 8 oz. of brewed black tea will contain only 14 – 70 mg (Source: Mayo Clinic). In most preparations, coffee and tea will not have equivalent caffeine content as the question suggests.
    There is also the consideration that many popular herbal teas contain less caffeine than black tea, or none at all.
    But the biggest factor is probably that coffee is now, in the U.S. and much of the world under its influence, most usually a start-of-day beverage and is embraced as a productivity-enhancing stimulant by most of the international business and academic communities. For most people (though by no means everyone), coffee has a strong cultural association with work; even caffeinated tea is more widely seen as an afternoon or evening pleasantry.

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  5. Both tea and coffee contain a certain amount of caffeine which makes us addicted to these beverages. Caffeine which is slightly higher in coffee acts as a metabolism booster while tea also contains caffeine which acts as a stimulant. And there are many other factors for these effects such as brands, brewing method etc.

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