Tea or Coffee: What Does Your Country Drink to Stay Productive?

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Tea or Coffee: What Does Your Country Drink to Stay Productive?

By Kayla Matthews   /     Apr 16, 2014  /     Productivity Hacks  /     , , ,

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If you’re like me, you probably reach for another cup of coffee on the days when you’re feeling under motivated and under productive. But coffee isn’t the drink of choice for all people seeking a motivation boost, as the graphic below demonstrates:

Tea or Coffee graph

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The populations of many countries largely prefer tea to coffee, which makes sense given the historical significance of tea in some Asian countries, as well as the main locations of tea and coffee crop production.

According to the data from Euromonitor International, between 75% and 100% of the U.S. population are avid coffee drinkers, along with Mexico, Brazil, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Canadians reportedly consume more coffee than they do tea, but only 50% to 75% of the Canadian population drinks coffee. Interestingly, the U.K. is the only European country with more than 75% of people preferring tea to coffee.

On the other hand, the large majority of Asian countries prefer tea to coffee, with more than 75% of China’s population drinking tea and between 50% and 75% of Japan’s population choosing tea over coffee. Both Russia and some Middle-Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia  also choose tea first.

There are many benefits to drinking both coffee and tea to boost your productivity. For one, both help keep you awake, but they also contain powerful antioxidants that can help boost your immune system, they both taste amazing and they can even put you in a better mood!

Of course, nothing can substitute for some good old fashioned inspiration and hard work, but a cup of tea or coffee on the days you’re feeling less inspired might help!

Which do you prefer when you need a productivity boost? Tea? Or maybe some coffee? Tell me in the comments section below!

About Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews writes Productivity Theory and is constantly seeking to provide new tips and hacks to keep you motivated and inspired! You can also find her on Huffington Post and Tiny Buddha, and follow her on Google+ and Twitter to stay up to date on her latest productivity posts!


  1. masodo Says: May 12, 2014 1:04 pm

    Gotta have those two cups of coffee in the morning to get the ball rolling. But tea throughout the day is my preferred way to stay productive.

    My vote would have to go to coffee though because I have to _get_ productive to stay productive.

    Nice graphic – great website! – Glad I found ya 😉

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  4. Alan Says: November 25, 2016 2:48 pm

    Diet Coke at 5 a.m. Is my coffee!

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