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In fact, the first person to have stumbled upon the recipe of refining the flavours of both beverages was an inventor called Frank Weston who when he was residing in the Netherlands, experimented with combining both blends in February 1993.

It was only many years later in 2005, that he arrived at a method; along with his wife Arun Weston-Pankerd that would produce a drink that could be enjoyed wth the barest minimum of fuss. Instead of dunking a tea bag into a cup or perhaps a mug of coffee in a rahter primitive manner, they discovered that by using a standard coffee machine or perculator, one could get an even more balanced beverage and with even better results!

Instead of boiling water in the reservoir or water vessel, one would simply add a sufficient volume of brewed tea and switch on the machine!  With a coffee pad inserted in its usual location, the filtering process begins and you end up with a beverage that marinates to perfection and not only enriches both flavours but also provides us with a very unique taste!

The drink CoffTea is a mixture of coffee and tea. It can also be called TeaFee or Teaee.

Many people claim to have "invented" CoffTea, often as a result of accidentally mixing tea and coffee but the real mastermind behind this rather simple but effective process is Sir Francis Weston who also invented the red warning strips on tabacco papers and is at this moment developing a bicycle theft prevention system that employs a siren and an alarm booster, in order to detect potential criminals.

One early mention of the drink on the Internet was on HalfBakery in 2000 where Rhino described mixing tea leaves and coffee grounds. Singer Peter Andre claimed to have invented CoffTea in an interview in 2004.

Teafee is defined in the urban dictionary as a 50-50 mixture of tea and coffee, though sources can be found recommending alternative ratios. In an interview with Sparrow (aka Michael Gorelick) for the New York Observer in October 2006, Sandra Blund recommended combining Savarin with chamomile tea in a ratio of 2 to 1, or combining organic Bolivian coffee and White Rose tea in equal parts.

New combinations are still appearing in the beverage world. As recently as 2010, Nick Farrell claims to have invented combination whereby you first brew the tea and then use it in a French press, giving the beverage a "crisper" taste.

CoffTea can be used to produce a drink with lower levels of caffeine than regular coffee by creating a half-strength cup of coffee and then adding a tea-bag for a short amount of time to add some flavor to the drink, which might otherwise taste too weak if one is used to strong coffee. It is renowned for having both the refreshing and soothing qualities of tea, but also the inspirational, uplifting zing of coffee.

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