1. Do you prefer tea or coffee?

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Maged: Hello, everyone. So if you ask me which one I prefer – tea or coffee – so, I prefer tea, especially in the morning. I usually have it with milk and, but without sugar. Through the day, I can have some cuppa and occasionally I can have a Turkish coffee.

Carmen: Every morning when I wake up, the greatest pleasure I can give myself is to drink a black coffee, very strong, without sugar, that energise me for the whole day. Its special aroma and taste will make me remember a beautiful holiday and thus I will feel pleasant the whole day.

Elena: I prefer coffee to tea for the taste but also because it gives me the energy to face the day. I always have coffee with some sugar or also with almond milk or oat milk. I really like to have a cappuccino every morning and sometimes I have an espresso after lunch.

Jo: Coffee or tea? First thing in the morning … a cup of tea and then coffee – got one here – and then later on tea and sometimes even, like, a flask of tea. This is turmeric tea, for later. So coffee or tea? Both, and all day long.

Saumen: For me, among tea and coffee, I'd like to choose coffee, because there's a reason why I used to have it every day. The reasons behind this are, like, as a teenage student, many mental health problems might come from outside, and coffee helps to reduce the chance of getting depressed. In another word, it helps to concentrate on studies more. Most importantly, it reduces the duration of sleep which helps to study for a longer period of time. Thank you.

Sally: So, I'm about to have my first coffee of the day. I'm just back from walking the dog. I'm about to start work at the computer. So this is half caffeinated, half decaf coffee. And I just have a little bit of milk in it. Not loads of milk. And so I've had, already had a cup of tea first thing in the morning, and then I take the dog for a walk and then I have coffee. I'm actually going to put this in the microwave for a minute because that coffee's cold because I made it before I went out. And then I'm going to start work.

Do you prefer tea or coffee, or do you like both? Listen to some people from different countries talking about their tea and coffee drinking habits. 

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  • Do you prefer tea or coffee?
  • How do you take it? With milk, sugar or something else?
  • Describe how you make your favourite hot drink.
  • Share a picture of your favourite hot drink.

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Submitted by HICHEM2024 on Mon, 20/05/2024 - 00:53


in the morning i make  a big cup of espresso to start my day with full energy and focus, about the tea i prefer to take it in the weekend's evenings with peanut or nuts.

Submitted by Mary Billi on Wed, 15/05/2024 - 16:07


Actually I used to be the fan of both. I love the smell of coffee and also fall in love with unique textures of tea. I drank a cup of coffee at work almost every day and that's made me feel active. But Unfortunately, I faced with stomach inflammation six months ago and I avoided to eat a lot of spicy foods and caffeine. For the time being, I can eat some spicy and sour food but I don't dare to drink caffeine. That makes my stomach feel empty and hurt. In future I wish I can drink like mocha which is less caffeine drink. Wish me luck! 🤞 

Hi Mary Billi,

Thanks for your comment. Good luck with being caffeine free! Have you tried decaf coffee? I switched to it many years ago, because real coffee made me feel dizzy and made my heart race! I love the taste and smell of coffee and I find that I can get that from decaf without the side effects :-) 

Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Submitted by cittàutopica on Tue, 14/05/2024 - 18:40


Decisively I prefer coffee; I don't like tea. In the morning, when I get up, I drink a "cappuccino"  in a large cup, with a quarter of milk, a small cup of coffee, biscuits and  muesli. After the lunch I drink a small cup of coffee.

Submitted by Lei-lala on Sun, 12/05/2024 - 20:19


If you ask me which I prefer coffee or tea, my answer is always coffee.  Coffee gives me energy and enthusiasm for any activity.  It chears my spirit up.  I drink 2 cups of coffee in the morning with or without milk, sometimes even with lemon and a little sugar.  During the day, I drink a couple of cups of coffee, and in the evening, of course, tea so that I can fall asleep.

Submitted by Learnenglish2025 on Sun, 12/05/2024 - 10:16


I prefer coffee over tea. I like my coffee black with a splash of almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. To make my favorite hot drink, I first grind fresh coffee beans and brew them in a French press. Once the coffee is ready, I pour it into a mug and add a small amount of almond milk. I finish it off with a pinch of cinnamon for some extra flavor.

Hi wavila2015,
Thanks for sharing your coffee-drinking habits with us!

Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Hi _Anas,

Thanks for your voice message. It sounds like coffee is a big part of your daily routine :-)

Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)

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Submitted by Sunniroh on Fri, 10/05/2024 - 04:38


For me, I would say I prefer tea especially Thai tea with milk. That's very amazing I need to drink almost everyday to not feel sleepy when I'm working. I want to try to drink coffee too but it bitter I'm not enjoy when I drink it. 

Hi Sunniroh,
Your cup of Thai tea looks delicious. Does it have spices in it? If so, which ones?

Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Submitted by ennasanaa24 on Thu, 09/05/2024 - 21:31


Hello kind people

In my country tea is the hot drink that we love the most its a habits to drink one or two cup of tea at the morning whole the day but for me i prefer also tea to coffee i drink coffee sometimes when i am out with my friends but usually i drink tea especially Maghrebi mint tea

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Submitted by nahda.nabila on Thu, 09/05/2024 - 16:02


well, if you asked me which one I prefer, I would say tea for sure. Because there were times when I drank coffee it made my stomach uncomfortable. I love black tea with a little sugar, whether it's hot or cold. But milk tea is one of my favorites too.

Submitted by learning_gab on Tue, 07/05/2024 - 13:11


I like tea and coffee, but coffee is my prefer drink in the morning! I like it strong and without sugar :) 

Before I go to bed, I like drink a mug of tea, camomila's flavor.

Submitted by No Me on Mon, 06/05/2024 - 10:37


As for me, I love drinking both tea and coffee. Actually, tea is a trademark of my city I lived. Most people in my city usually drink tea in the morning.

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Submitted by vidguk on Sun, 05/05/2024 - 13:15


Hello anyone 

I can tell you about my tips ))

In the morning I prefer coffee = one big cup of coffee, but in the day or  in the evening I prefer tea. Usually it's black tea, but sometimes it's green tea


Submitted by kasha on Sat, 04/05/2024 - 21:31


Personally, I like to drink tea and I can consider myself a tea person, but I prefer to drink hot cocoa and Nescafe, and both of them taste like magic if you make it with  milk and sugar. 

Submitted by Mira-nda on Sat, 04/05/2024 - 13:08


I think,  I am not into  none of them,  though I drink   both of them:-). on daily basis I drink  one  cup  of coffee, because  without  it  I am  out  of  energy:-( I drink black  coffee without sugar mostly, but   I actually prefer  iced coffee  that  of course I am drinking only  in summer  with sugar:-). About  tea, often when it is  chilly weather   or  when  I catch a cold.

Submitted by realfarahani on Sat, 04/05/2024 - 11:43


If you ask me, definitely I'm choosing tea, because in my opinion using much caffeine is not healthy for our body...

Hi  realfarahani,
Thanks for sharing a picture. What sort of tea is it? Mint tea or another herb tea?
Best wishes,

Jo (LearnEnglish team)

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Submitted by Grishild on Thu, 02/05/2024 - 17:46


The most of the time I prefer coffee in the mornings or in the evenings, sometimes in the afternoon when the weather is cold.

Submitted by Nakeme on Thu, 02/05/2024 - 16:50


I always drink tea, which I prefer to coffee, and I usaually use tea bags or tea leaves.

I simply boil water and pour it on my teapot where the tea bag or leaves already is.

I drink my tea without sugar or milk as I like to smell and feel the natural flavour of it.

I love to buy and try different types of flavour.

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Submitted by Fcnormand on Thu, 02/05/2024 - 15:56


Hi every one, I love drink my coffee every morning.  I have a little machine in my house, So I doing my self my own espresso.  I love drink my espresso in my little  coffee cup,  Its so cute, your color is white whit orange and the plate have the shape like a flower.  Also i confesse that the coffee is my favorite hot drink and I drink all the time. 



Submitted by backey on Thu, 02/05/2024 - 14:49


I like both of them, but I always drink a cup of coffee in the morning to wake up. When I'm in a cafe, I often order a cappuccino in winter or iced coffee in summer. I prefer bitter coffee to sour one. Speaking of tea, one of my favorite Japanse brand produces many kind of flavors; fruits, flowers, and so on. I like tea with sweet scent, because it makes me relax.

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Submitted by Nelu on Thu, 02/05/2024 - 14:46


Hi ! I prefer the black coffee in the morning and the plants tea in the afternoon and evening.

Submitted by jessia on Thu, 02/05/2024 - 14:24


Tea or coffee? 

I'm 18 years old, but I still don't drink coffee, I know chocking. Everyone else in my school are drinking at least one cup of coffee.  Personally I prefer tea, yes I have tried coffe and I would even say that I was addicted to it. I drank my coffe both black and with oat milk. However through out the year I have becomed more intrested in healt and skin health and I learned that coffe can cause acne, yes that is the main reason to why I stopped drinking coffe. Now I only drink matcha and spearmint  tea, thus being better for the skin and health.

Oops! I didn't know that coffee can cause acne. But I was already addicted to coffee as well. It's too difficult to choose one, coffee or skin 😫 

Submitted by talibi on Thu, 02/05/2024 - 11:04


I like both,but I prefer the coffee just one cup in the morning because the caffeine is harmful to health as my knowledge,and after twelve o'clok I take the tea at several times a day in cafes with my friends  and at home.My tea is special.I like it with mint,Morocco herbs,little sugar and sometimes without.

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Submitted by maceciliaherrera93 on Wed, 01/05/2024 - 17:22


I love tea and I drink it all day long, often without sugar or milk, just hot water and the leaves. However, in the mornings, I enjoy a cup with milk and a spoonful of sugar, which gives me a warm energy boost for the rest of the day.

To prepare tea, first I heat water in a kettle. Then, I place the leaves in a teapot. Finally, I pour the boiled water into the teapot, letting it steep with the tea leaves for 3 to 5 minutes.

Submitted by Allende on Wed, 01/05/2024 - 16:44


I prefer coffee but only in the morning. I like to drink my coffee with a lot of sugar and soy milk. That is a wonderful start to the day for me.

Submitted by Paul's Student on Wed, 01/05/2024 - 16:26


I drink loads of coffee every day. I splurged on an expresso machine (or is it written espresso?) recently, one that grinds the beans while you make your cup of coffee, and it just smells and tastes delicious

Hi Paul's Student,

Yes, it's espresso with "s" :)

I admire people who make their own coffee properly! Is that hard to do, though?


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Submitted by Kanikamehra on Wed, 01/05/2024 - 16:24


I  prefer tea over coffee especially I have it morning as it gives me energy and helps me feel fresh .Usually have ginger flavour with milk and sugar and enjoy having it in my garden.

Hi jokomi.,

Before listening to your message I’d never heard of coffee with orange juice but I don’t think it would be to my taste at all. I wonder why it was so popular?

I heard recently that coffee with lemon is becoming popular. That’s another taste combination that I just can’t see working! I would still try it once, however, just out of curiosity.


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Submitted by Gelia on Wed, 01/05/2024 - 15:27


I always prefer coffee than tea, I like drink coffee with milk, and this one have to be warm not hot. Usually it's a big mug and I drinking the coffee with eggs or with pancakes. 

I try don't drink too much coffee during the rest of the day. 

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Submitted by Carola13 on Wed, 01/05/2024 - 14:40


Although I always appreciate a good cup of tea, my soul belongs to coffee. Strong, caffeinated, no sugar. It’s a pleasure to reserve many moments for an espresso or for a macchiato. Besides, coffee or tea are both excellent occasions to talk to friends and explore great places in interesting cities.

Submitted by EnglishKaren on Wed, 01/05/2024 - 14:14


Hello everyone. I prefer tea. I don't like coffee and I drink never a cup of coffee. Every morning at first I drink a cup of black tea with milk and without sugar. Thourghout the day I drink diferent flavors of tea.

Submitted by atokabwebwere on Wed, 01/05/2024 - 13:18


It's a good day to start with tea. Actually, I prefer tea with sugar in the morning before going to work and during lunch time. To make a most tasteful drink is to boil water with firewoods rather than using a stove or kettle to boil water. However, only during lunch time that kettle was used. 

So, tea or coffee? Always tea.

Submitted by Yuliia_Kozyrska on Wed, 01/05/2024 - 10:24


I prefer tea to coffee because I like the taste of tea better, especially with my favorite "For Coffee" cookies with butter. Tea helps me wake up and be in a good mood for the whole day.

Submitted by Clara Ri on Tue, 30/04/2024 - 14:18


Actually I prefer tea. I drink tea everyday and all day long. Tea makes me feel fresh and conscious as well as free me from stress in work. Every morning, I prepare a pot of hot tea and enjoy it during the working time. Tea in Vietnam is mostly different from other countries in the world. Our tea is fresh tea. Some people like dried one. In order to make a good pot of tea, I boil the water, put it into the pot of tea, release the first phase and then pour another hot water. I will enjoy the second round.