I had the pleasure of setting up a backstage tea bar at a recent performance of the long-running vocal group Manhattan Transfer.
One of the quartet’s classic hits from 1975 was Java Jive, which included this famous chorus:
I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup (boy!)
What I found from talking with these veteran singers was that, as they matured, their preferred beverage became tea rather than coffee. Before, during, and after a performance, they now look to tea to soothe their vocal chords and they love the fact that tea has less caffeine than coffee. After all, professional singers need their sleep when they’re on stage night after night.
I speak weekly with coffee drinkers who want to move to tea. Some are looking to benefit from the health benefits of tea; many are trying to wean themselves from caffeine; and others are drawn to the tea culture. It’s not surprising that numerous coffee drinkers see tea as a possible antidote to their busy lifestyles. They often use coffee as a stimulant throughout the day, and now they are looking for a beverage that will help them ease into a more calm and reflective—yet alert—state-of-being.
I usually ask my aspiring tea drinkers these questions: What time of day do you drink coffee? Do you add milk to your coffee? Do you drink coffee sitting down or on the go? Have you tried a tea that you like?