Tried giving up coffee and just can’t quite give it the boot? Coffee Leaf Tea has been around for hundred’s of years but today it’s making a comeback and providing year-round work for coffee farmer’s around the world. It has the subtle kick of caffeine you love from coffee with a softer, smoother taste. But in case you haven’t heard of coffee leaf tea at all (we wouldn’t blame you), let’s start with the basics.
Coffee leaf tea is exactly what it sounds like. It’s tea made from the leaves of a coffee plant. Coffee beans themselves can only be harvested 3 months out of the year while the leaves can be harvested during any season, making them a much more dependable source of income for farmers who grow coffee plants. Just like regular tea leaves, the coffee tea leaves are oxidized, fermented, roasted, and ground up before being steeped.
People have actually been drinking coffee leaf tea for over 200 years in areas like Ethiopia because it was believed to be healthier than the roasted coffee beans.
The taste of the coffee leaf tea is generally described as smooth, pure, and without an aftertaste or bitterness. Plus it can be brewed up to 3 times without losing any of its flavour, making it much more economical for us that drink it!
In short, yes. A 2012 study found that coffee leaves contained a very high concentration of chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that’s also found in coffee beans. The actual nutritional content varies from type of coffee plants but coffee leaf tea does have anti-inflammatory properties. The chemical mangiferin has been shown to be present which not only fights inflammation but has been used to treat chronic disorders. It’s also been shown to fight cancer and protect against heart disease (something that green tea has shown an ability to do as well).
In 2017, food scientists from the University of British Columbia reported that coffee leaf tea could help balance the body’s nitric-oxide production, a chemical that helps keep blood pressure in check
Plus, there is plenty of evidence available promoting the benefits of cutting coffee out of your diet. But you can still get a caffeine kick from coffee leaf tea with the benefits of traditional tea.
Want to read more about sipping your way to better health? Read our post on 20 Reasons to Have Green Tea Every Day here!