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Sat, 13th Jul 2002

Part of the show Phosphorus, spontaneous human combustion, marsh gas and will-o-the-wisp

Question

Paula, Royston asked:

What gives the best caffeine high, Tea or Coffee ?

Answer

Tea leaves contain much more caffeine that coffee, but since less Tea than coffee is used in making a cup of each beverage, a cup of coffee actually has a much great caffeine content and hence you get a greater hit from a coffee than a tea. Unless you brew your tea really strong and make weak coffee !
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