Tea, coffee, or water? Here’s what your go-to daily drink says about you

NEW YORK — If a midday slump has you reaching for a pick-me-up, you might want to think twice before picking up coffee. A recent survey of 2,005 Americans focused on people’s beverage drinking habits and pinpointed popular alternatives to a cup of Joe to get over the post-lunch dip.

While coffee connoisseurs undoubtedly have the most drive in the morning (65%), only 29 percent keep that motivation going into the afternoon. Meanwhile, 41 percent of those who favor tea claim they are typically brimming with that P.M. drive.

Nearly as many people who prefer juice (81%) and water (78%) remain as productive throughout the day as those who favor coffee (90%). As an added benefit, those who mainly drink water also get the best sleep, as three in five say they get between six and eight hours of rest every night, compared to just 42 percent of those who mainly sip coffee.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Celestial Seasonings, the survey also examined personality differences between coffee and non-coffee drinkers, uncovering that there’s a lot you can learn about someone based on what’s on their cup.

Here’s what your beverage of choice is saying about you

Tea is now a popular choice among millennials, who now make up 60 percent of all Americans who prefer tea. More than a third (34%) say they turn to tea every day.

More people who primarily drink water over other beverages say they have lower levels of anxiety and stress (61%). However, those who favor tea or coffee are most likely to prioritize their overall health.

Nearly all tea drinkers (93%) place high importance on their health and strive to make healthful choices. While 92 percent of coffee lovers say the same thing, nearly two in five report their mental health is constantly weighed down by feelings of anxiety or stress (38%). That’s not the case with tea, where only 25 percent experience those same negative feelings. Twenty-three percent of all respondents also add tea is their beverage of choice when they want to unwind.

“Tea is having a big moment. We’re seeing a record number of consumers across age groups reach for tea because of its health advantages,” says Tim Collins, Vice President and General Manager for Celestial Seasonings, in a statement. “More fans help create more innovations like new energy teas and teas with added health benefits like melatonin and probiotics—even a new iced tea cold brew—that are giving coffee a run for its money.”

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What do Americans drink when they need a boost?

While 38 percent turn to energy drinks when they need a pick-me-up, the same number (38%) grab a cup of tea or coffee when they need to re-energize.

That, along with the numerous health benefits, may be the reason roughly one in five (18%) prefer to start their morning with a cup of tea. Sixty-three percent of Americans get their fill of tea more than once a week, and nearly half (48%) of those respondents enjoy a cup every day.

“Whether we’re returning to the office or working from home, we want to feel productive and energized,” Collins continues. “Millennials polled say a simple switch from coffee to tea has the potential to not only sustain that productivity, but also provide multiple benefits.”

For more, view our latest video on the health benefits of coffee.

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Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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