May 4, 2018

Tea or coffee? A hybrid!

I’m a coffee and a tea drinker. I have times of day where I’ll prefer one over the other, and oftentimes I’m just so indecisive that I don’t know which I want.

Well, Japan has helped (somewhat?!) in putting that debate to bed for folks like me - a new drink rather appropriately called “Tea Coffee”. Think part cafe latte and part cup of tea and you’ve got the right idea. 

Tea or coffee? A hybrid! photo

I really wasn’t sure what it was going to taste like, so I poured a little into a glass. Color and consistency wise, it looks like a latte that has just been diluted with water. The smell isn’t bad, but I wouldn’t call it appetizing...and the taste? 

Tea or coffee? A hybrid! photo

Personally I could definitely taste both hints of coffee and of tea. Initially I thought it was gross but tried to give it the benefit of the doubt and went back for some more afterwards. The verdict? Better, but still probably not a drink that I’d go ahead and repurchase. I’ll just have to get more decisive when it comes to my choice of beverage!



After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!


  • Lyssays

    on May 4

    I wonder how much caffeine is in it?!

  • genkidesu

    on May 4

    @Lyssays oh gosh that’s a good point! thankfully i didn’t have much of it at once, but it’s a big bottle (500ml!) so if you had it all in one go it would be quite a lot!

  • helloalissa

    on May 5

    This reminds me of a drink I had in Hong Kong which is coffee and their delicious milk tea. It was just meh compared with either on their own.

  • andikurnia

    on May 8

    tea and coffee at the same time. I wonder how the taste