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How To Make Yuan Yang In 4 Easy Steps

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The history of tea dates back to the early Chinese civilization, about 5000 years ago. The first tea was an accidental discovery of a Chinese emperor. It was made of several leaves from a wild tree seeping into boiling water. Tea’s popularity grew rapidly across the globe, resulting in the rise of different varieties and brewing styles.


One such tea that is prominent in the Chinese culture is the “Yuan yang”. If you’re not a Chinese local, you’ve probably heard of Yuan yang as “coffee with tea”. The Yuan yang is a tasty combination of homemade milk tea and freshly brewed coffee.


Yuan Yang is what you’ll get when you combine these two

This particular tea is a staple of every tea shop in Hong Kong. Yuan yang is a delicious and energizing beverage. This drink is perfect for fast-paced workers and all-nighters as both tea and coffee are loaded with caffeine. If you’re neither of the two, it’ll be wonderful to enjoy this beverage paired with cookies for an afternoon break.

Hot or cold, this tea will surely awaken your senses. Also, it’s incredibly easy to prepare!

Making The Perfect Yuan Yang

Tea specialists say that the ideal Yuan Yang ratio 1:3 or 3 parts coffee and 7 parts black milk tea.

If you’re more of a coffee person, then you can reverse the ratio. You can also opt for a 1:1 distribution if you dislike a dominating taste or you prefer a fairly strong taste from both.

Additionally, choose decaf coffee and tea if you’re keeping your blood pressure at bay or you’re just not prepared for jitters.

For this recipe, we’ll be using half coffee and half tea.

What You’ll Need

  • ¼ cup black tea leaves/ 7 black tea bags
  • 4 cups black brewed coffee (freshly ground beans)
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
  • 7 tbsp sugar

Serving Size: Makes 6-7 mugs

The step-by-step

Step 1. Brew tea leaves or tea bags (strings removed) in 4 cups boiling water. Let it steep for 4-6 minutes – the longer it steeps, the stronger is tastes.

Step 1


Step 2. While waiting for tea to steep, brew coffee using 4 cups water. For convenience, use a coffee maker.

Step 2

Image Courtesy of https://coffeegeek.tv/

If you lack this machine, you can opt for a French press. Learn how to brew coffee using a French press below.

Still no French press? No problem! Use a coffee filter for drip-over coffee. Know how to execute this method below.


Step 3. Combine brewed coffee and tea into a carafe or large bowl.

Step 3


Step 4. Add sugar and milk. Pour in all of the milk if you want a creamy texture. Otherwise, pour according to your preference. Stir thoroughly.

Step 4


Step 5. Serve hot or with ice for the best iced coffee-tea ever.  Enjoy!

Step 5

Go for iced Yuan yang for your coffee break

Most of the time, the 1:1 coffee to tea ratio works. The ratio is also dependent on the coffee’s strength and type of tea you’re going to brew.

Use the 1:1 ratio for your first brew. You can always experiment and adjust the ratio the next time you make Yuan yang.

Author bio:

Maria Hayes

Maria-HayesI am a 27 yr. old self-proclaimed food enthusiast with a penchant for cooking (and eating) virtually all forms and shapes of food. My inner foodie led to the creation of Mamatestataqueria.com . This blog chronicles my food adventures, original recipes, and reviews of awesome cookwares and similar products. I aim to provide answers to food-related questions and inspire readers to channel their inner chefs.

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  1. the decaf coffee you discussed about, i have a question, i’m not sensitive to caffeine and i know it is for those who are sensitive…and i drink 4 cups of coffee a day. Do you think drinking decaf will have any side-effect because of a sudden caffeine withdrawal?

  2. Local legend has it that US sailors invented this as a cure for hangover back in Hong Kong during the Colonial days.

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