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Good things are Brewing in the Tea and Coffee Sector


Around 2¼ billion cups of coffee are consumed daily worldwide, with 37 percent of adults in the USA drinking a minimum of one cup of coffee each day. Almost 160 million Americans drink tea daily. In the UK, 84 percent of adults consume tea, compared to 77 percent who enjoy coffee.

What many people don’t realize, though, is that flavoring coffee or tea with syrup, sugar, creamer, or milk can result in hundreds of unwanted calories, packing extra inches onto the waistline.

The positive news is that adding protein powder to coffee can reduce sugar and calories. However, when you choose products that include collagen and matcha, you will also benefit from boosted metabolism, increased energy levels, and fat-burning properties.

Some enlightened brands are going one step further, adding collagen protein, MCT powder and organic mushroom extract to their coffee range. These coffee protein blend powders help to increase muscle growth and energy and keep the mind alert and focused.

A 2023 study that included 41 healthy adults found that supplementation with 1.8 g of lion’s mane mushrooms for 28 days was associated with lower stress levels compared to a placebo treatment.

If tea is your preferred tipple, you will also find a huge market for tea blended with vitamins. The Twinings range of super blend tea bags includes Black Tea with Probiotics to support immune health and Peach-Flavored White Tea with Vitamin B7/Biotin for younger-looking skin. Still, there is plenty of room within this expanding market for would-be entrepreneurs.

Talk to the Food Scientist for Hire team and capitalize on the growing consumer desire for powdered protein beverages and take your ideas from concept to cup!


Many of us assume that coffee contains more caffeine than tea. But by weight, tea has a higher caffeine content than dried coffee! Although, more dried coffee powder is required to make one cup than tea. So, when all is said and done, 8oz of black tea can contain 40-120mg of caffeine, while coffee has around 80-205mg. You can boost your tea’s caffeine content by steeping it for longer.

Despite containing less caffeine per cup, tea may be a better option when you need an energy boost! Caffeine tends to offer a jolt of energy followed shortly by a crash. Whereas tea provides more of a gradual increase in energy levels that results in a clearer and more focused mind. Why? Because tea leaves contain L-theanine. This amino acid works with caffeine to create a more balanced stimulating effect for the mind and body.


When launching new tea or coffee products, it’s time to think outside the box. Our team at Food Scientist for Hire excels at this daily! Helping our clients create something that hasn’t been done before is our cup of tea (or coffee)!

Do you have a terrific business idea for an innovative tea or coffee powder, or are you looking to expand your current beverage range? Regardless of location or experience, Food Scientist for Hire can help with quality control and assurance, product and research development, food safety and security, manufacturing, processing, distribution, and more. We’ve got everything you need to put your business plan into action.