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Putting Green Tea in Coffee

August 5, 2012

People are usually either coffee people or tea people. Agent Cooper loves his coffee, while Kevin Rose is obsessed with tea. America drowns itself in coffee, while England sits down for a cup of tea.

What is stopping anyone from being both a coffee person and a tea person? Come to think of it, what is stopping anyone from drinking coffee and tea at the same time? Let’s find out:

We’ll do this Tassimo-style. PC’s new dark roast is one of my favourite coffees for the wasteful little machine, and I was given some green tea by Twinings, which by its very name implies it is supposed to be twinned with something else.

I got a big cup and brewed (er, “brewed”) one after the other. Unfortunately, the machine seemed to sense a disturbance, realizing that a black magic violation of the natural coffee / tea separation was about to happen, threatening to tear a hole in the fabric of spacetime and usher in a world where cats play with dogs, fire is made of water, and Canada wins plenty of gold medals at the Olympics.

It voiced its disapproval with the dreaded four blinky lights.

Luckily, the damage was already done. The unholy union of coffee and green tea sat in my cup, looking like…well, coffee.

The taste is not entirely terrible. It’s like green tea that’s too bitter, or dark coffee that’s too watered down. I was happy to drink the whole thing, but I don’t feel compelled to do it again. Still, I’m happy that I’ve managed to bridge the gap between coffee and tea. If only all of us could put aside our preconceived notions and jam disparate things together, the world would be a better place. That’s what this blog is all about, really. You’re welcome.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2012 1:05 pm

    I think you have just ushered in the Age of Aquarius

  2. August 5, 2012 2:08 pm

    I think you went through this too lazily. I would redo the whole experiment with some really heavily brewed tea (making it as strong as possible) with a very intense aroma so as to be able to put as little as possible into the coffee. After all, smell is what tea is all about at least compared to coffee. Then a mix of 50 ml tea and 150 ml coffee would probably work much better. And you can experiment further with the mixing ratios until you get the best result.

  3. August 7, 2012 10:17 am

    Tea. Earl Grey. Coffee.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    August 22, 2012 8:43 am

    In fact I found your post after sampling a little coffee in my usual morning green tea on a whim – and found it delicious, if hideously under-represented on the interwebs,

    The key is to use half a tea-spoon of instant coffee (none of your fancy machines here, I’m afraid!) while brewing the tea (lemon-infused green tea tasted even better, after a little further experimentation), with tremendous results!

  5. September 11, 2012 2:27 pm

    Chai tea latte. It’s on the menu EVERYWHERE. Even though some “baristas” don’t know how to make it (I’m looking at you, Coffee Culture).

  6. Mark Allen permalink
    May 31, 2013 4:57 am

    I’ve tried this recently as green tea is known to aid weight loss n coffee speeds up ur metabolism, so I thought let’s try out n see what happens, I use a green tea teabag n 2 teaspoons of famous supermarket coffee leave it for 3 mins to brew and I can actually say it tastes ok, I’ll keep trying it to see if I get any results and will report back in a month, by the way I also go to gym n cardio, so I’m not just relying on this mixture to lose weight

  7. Steff Allen permalink
    January 8, 2014 1:54 am

    Hi Everyone

    I am Mark’s wife. My Husband died 5 days into that experiment.

  8. tlblakburne permalink
    January 28, 2014 8:16 am

    I just heard of this union on the J. Tesh Show, and had to give it a try. I brewed my coffee just little stronger than usual. I poured me a large cup of joe, and then placed a standard sized bag of green tea in cup. After steeping a couple minutes of steeping I removed, wrapped, and then discarded bag. It does taste fairly good. The tea seems to take the edge of the robust flavor of coffee. Will experiment further

  9. kris permalink
    May 6, 2014 6:46 am

    I made myself a cup of coffee and added white chocolate matcha ganache into it. I guess that sorta counts as coffee green tea, eh?

    Anyhoo, it tasted nice, and would be much nicer if it were sweeter!

  10. June 4, 2014 10:41 pm

    Tea and Coffee together is very common in Asia, especially Hong Kong where it is known as a Yuanyang or yinyang. It is made with black tea and coffee then with milk or often with sweetened condensed milk. I recommend you give that a try, it is delicious especially over ice on a hot day 🙂

  11. Joseph permalink
    September 18, 2014 12:33 pm

    no tastes like sewage…. just tried it… it is the kind of flavour you would expect to find at the bottom of a black 30G garbage bag after having a weeks worth of trash liquifying and dripping into a cesspool of ungodliness at the bottom of the basin…

  12. Robert permalink
    October 20, 2014 8:06 pm

    I brew a keurig light roast k-cup of coffee with a green tea bag in it and let it steep for three minutes before removing the tea bag and adding some unsweetened almond milk. I drink up to six cups (9.5 oz ea) of coffee daily (only the first two are full strength, the rest decaf). They say you should drink up to ten cups of green tea daily. So, I combine six green tea with coffee in this way with (four full strength, with two decaf) and have four more straight (decaf). So, ten teas and six coffees are reduced to ten cups (95 oz) throughout the day, with only the caffeine of about three coffees (or one to two Starbucks) in the morning. Of course, most days I don’t get all those in, maybe only having half of my goal….

  13. Anonymous permalink
    December 15, 2014 8:01 pm

    In Hong Kong, people are mixing tea and coffee for many year. It is call Yin Yang, you can find it in every restaurant.

  14. Mozia Benedicta Oby permalink
    October 10, 2015 8:16 am

    I do take coffee with green sometimes. When i told my they discouraged me but after reading this article, my mind is at rest.

  15. Matt permalink
    November 21, 2015 2:02 am

    But what if you use one of those flavoured green teabags like salted caramel flavour or gingerbread flavour? I was going to try the combo in my kitchen but its a rented flat and if i blow up the kitchen i lose the deposit

  16. December 11, 2015 1:37 pm

    I make a pot of green tea every day. I use this green tea to brew my boyfriend’s coffee in the morning. He’s never complained about the flavor. It tastes like coffee to me. I don’t brew the tea very strong, though.

  17. December 29, 2015 2:07 am

    Strong, Japanese green tea (or matcha powder), coffee, milk, honey. It’s not that bad.

  18. Matthew permalink
    April 14, 2016 2:29 am

    I tried this before seeing this and the way I did it was I made aatcha latte as usual but then I added a full Aeropress of a local light roast coffee, it tasted like a mildly brewed coffee with a strong nutty flavor. It was a bit rich so probably won’t do it to often, but was a complete success.

  19. Jay permalink
    June 13, 2016 4:25 pm

    Thank you for this. Besides the effort to make this review, I truly appreciate the humor and the Trek reference. Literally burst out laughing when I saw what scene.

  20. Jason heinrichs permalink
    September 11, 2016 12:48 pm

    I do this every day, your not doing it the best way, brew the entire cup of coffee first, then get a coffee press put the tea in the bottom pour in your fresh cup of coffee and let it steep in with the tea, then pour it back into your cup, I usually do Folgers black silk, Chinese green tea, and oregano on occasion, and some honey

  21. Anonymous permalink
    December 6, 2016 1:18 am

    Try brewing dark coffee, and mixing Chai black tea inside with some milk and vanilla extract is wonderful.

  22. Andrei permalink
    March 11, 2017 6:06 am

    Really good article, with a good sense of humour. Keep it up!

  23. Anonymous permalink
    March 21, 2017 12:52 pm

    I just tried black tea made with hot coffee instead of hot water, not bad.

  24. Raul permalink
    June 10, 2017 4:50 am

    I hate tea but like coffee. On the other hand I want the benefits of green tea antioxidants and the “compensating effect” of theanine. So.. I usually drink a mix of green tea powder extract (huge quantities, tastes awful) and I “tame it down” with some decaff (too much stimulants otherwise) coffee. Not that bad..

  25. brandi lanée galloway permalink
    June 23, 2017 8:18 am

    I do this but I brew my coffee USING the green tea. I do it all the time. Im still alive.. And an Aquarius also. Cheers 🍻

  26. Anonymous permalink
    April 22, 2018 9:11 am

    I’ve personally tried this. It’s a good combo. Especially if u wanna stay awake

  27. Gen permalink
    January 11, 2021 8:00 pm

    here i am in 2021 wondering how will a brewed black coffee taste like if i dip a green tea mint bag on it. and here you are too futuristic. way back in 2012

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