Coffee tea leaves
Coffee tea leaves or coffee leaves are the actual leaves from the coffee plant (either coffea robusta or coffea arabica), prepared as a herbal tea. These leaves, after being roasted, can be ground up or crumpled, then brewed or steeped in hot water in a form similar to tea. The resulting liquor is similar in taste to green tea, but with less caffeine content than either regular tea or coffee. They closely resemble the leaves and stalks of Paraguay tea (llex paraguariensis).
Health benefits and origins
Even though it is not a widely imbibed substance, researchers from England and France have discovered that a tea made from coffee leaves packs even more antioxidants and healthful compounds than either regular tea or coffee. In some regions, such as Sumatra and Ethiopia, only the leaves are taken from the coffee plant and the berries left on the bush. The natives of these places and other experimental drinkers find that the concoction stems hunger and tends to energize both the body and mind while actually having less caffeine than the roasted bean brew.
- Mulholland, Angela (Jan 20, 2013). "A hot hybrid: Coffee-leaf tea packs antioxidant punch". Retrieved 23 January 2013.