From the archives: Coffee and tea

The Swedish king’s “scientific” battle between coffee and tea, the East German coffee crisis, edible tea, and coffee / tea blends.

US Mission in Geneva [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The second largest producer of coffee in the world is Vietnam, and it’s all thanks to a crisis in 1970s East Germany.


Gustav III
Per Krafft the Elder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Gustav III of Sweden allegedly pardoned twin criminals on the condition that one only drank coffee for the rest of his life, and the other tea.


Yuenyeung is a Hong Kong drink that’s 30% coffee and 70% black tea.


In Myanmar you can eat pickled tea.

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