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03 Aug 2011 - 10:4165224
Tea/Coffee
This isn't a Tea vs Coffee thread, but an appreciattion of both. It's for those of us who are literally fueled by them.

You see I was brought up with a LOT of tea. English and Indian upbringing, holy crap that's a lot of tea. Tea time all the time at home.

I'm curious, how do you have yours?

I like mine strong, I don't have sugar in it anymore and with the tinest drop of milk. My favourite is Earl Grey.

And then I also love coffee. But being a purist (yeah yeah I know) I don't like gimmicky coffees like flavoured stuff and the likes, but I don't mind canned coffee. I like americanos, espressos etc. Instant coffee is something I try to stay away from. If I have to have sugar, it's brown, and again not a lot of milk, if any. I usually add some cinnamon when I get an americano at starbucks/nero.




And here's a story to make you cringe. A new worker here just made tea like this;
- Add milks
- Add Sugar
- Add Water
- Add Teabag
- Stir
- ???????
- Profit!!

I bet that makes you feel all funny now.



Last edited by JaeXD (03 Aug 2011 - 10:43)
03 Aug 2011 - 10:5865226
I'm just a typical coffee guy, don't care what kind, as long as it doesn't kill me.

2 sugars and milk to keep me awake, and it has helped on majority of occasions, especially when train journeys happen at 7 in the morning


03 Aug 2011 - 11:2565230
I used to drink plenty of both - usually coffee in the morning to give myself a kick-start, then more throughout the day, but then switching to tea in the evenings. Then a couple of years ago I started feeling sick after drinking coffee and had to quit - there's something in it that has started aggravating an ongoing medical condition that I have, and giving up coffee was the only way of handling it. I miss coffee though

Tea has managed to fill the coffee gap though, fortunately. I drink most tea with milk, but no sugar. Earl Grey is lovely, as is Lady Grey. Chai is awesome when I have a cold or sore throat. There's a company down here that sells a type of Earl Grey called Blue Lady, it's made with cornflowers and it's gorgeous. They do a Japanese green tea that's flavoured with cherry blossom, too - you have to be careful about how long you let it infuse but it's really nice if you get it right. I tend to think of all those as "special occasion" teas though - day to day I just drink ordinary supermarket stuff. My favourite brand is Punjana but you can't get that in England


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03 Aug 2011 - 11:2565231
I'm not much of a hot drink person. Even when we were on top of a mountain with a blizzard outside I still chose a cold drink over a hot one. Other than soups, I don't have hot liquids cause I'm a freak. And I don't like powder residue that 9 out of 10 times lurks at the bottom of the cup (I don't drink tea full stop).

If I do have a hot drink, it's either a caramel latte from Costa or a mocha from Cafe Neros. With about 6 sugars

Lets face it, the real reason I don't do hot drinks is that I have a uber sweet tooth. Although oddly enough I really hate hot chocolate. There was only one I liked and it was a brand from Germany that I have thus forgotten.


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03 Aug 2011 - 11:2865232
Quote Sillabub:
My favourite brand is Punjana but you can't get that in England


It's in morrisons :3

If you don't believe me I'll buy a pack and mail it to you.


03 Aug 2011 - 11:4165233
I can't drink normal tea anymore XD
I dislike the taste
I have Lady Gray at home as well as about 4 different boxes of chai
I am still insearch of the best chai!!!


03 Aug 2011 - 11:4665234
Quote eternal_aranel:
I am still insearch of the best chai!!!


My mum's house.

There's tea, and then there's Cha/chai. I probably drink that more anything else at home.


03 Aug 2011 - 11:5665236
LOL this is gonna be an odd post xD but for me it's Coffee in the morning and Tea in the evening at home, at work it's whatever my boss kindly makes me

mine goes:

- tea bag
- kettle water
- stir for a bit then leave it to strengthen
- take out tea bag
- add milk

At work I'll have sugar but at home I don't. I'm not fussed what tea i'll drink, tetley, PG tips. I really don't like those strawberry teas or whatever but I do like lemon tea!
as for Coffee I'll drink Nescafe, Kenco, and my favourite Douwe Egberts <3 I like my coffee quite strong, so not alot of milk for me sometimes I'll have sugar, depening on the strength of the coffee though.

My oddest and boring post yet, I think XD


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03 Aug 2011 - 11:5765237
Quote JaeXD:
Quote Sillabub:
My favourite brand is Punjana but you can't get that in England


It's in morrisons :3

If you don't believe me I'll buy a pack and mail it to you.

Seriously?? I'll have to wander up to the local branch and check it out then - cheers!


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03 Aug 2011 - 12:1165239
Yorkshire Tea, 1 Sugar. Rest can slam it.


03 Aug 2011 - 12:1565241
Quote JaeXD:
Quote eternal_aranel:
I am still insearch of the best chai!!!


My mum's house.

There's tea, and then there's Cha/chai. I probably drink that more anything else at home.



Does she use a brand or is it homemade?

Also I never take the teabag out when making/drinking the tea
I like it very strong XD


03 Aug 2011 - 12:1765243
neather i prefer hot chocolate lol


03 Aug 2011 - 12:2265244
Coffee, plenty of milk, 1 sugar. Done :3


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03 Aug 2011 - 12:4465250
Quote eternal_aranel:
Quote JaeXD:
Quote eternal_aranel:
I am still insearch of the best chai!!!


My mum's house.

There's tea, and then there's Cha/chai. I probably drink that more anything else at home.



Does she use a brand or is it homemade?

Also I never take the teabag out when making/drinking the tea
I like it very strong XD


I'm unsure if its the thing you might mean.. it's the indian way of making tea.

Starts off with a pan on the stove, boiling water and any teabags, about 2-3 (ma prefers pg tips). Then add the spice, usually fennel seeds, cardamon, sometimes cloves or cinnamon. bring to the boil, add milk and serve, for about 4-8 people. There's the stuff she likes to make, but she keeps that for guests and whatnot.

Strong tea ftw. I tell people at work that I'm not drinking it if its paler than my skin.

Probably accounts for most of my skin pigment anyway..



Last edited by JaeXD (03 Aug 2011 - 12:45)
03 Aug 2011 - 12:5065252
I'll drink the odd green, white or peppermint tea (all without milk obviously) if I'm feeling ill but mostly coffee is where its at!

Not a huge fan of instant coffee, and works coffee machine makes one of the most awful cups of swill I've ever had >.<
Usually no sugar, and not much milk, i'm a fan of quite strong coffee; our cafetierre gets much use at home.

Flavoured are nice on occassion, but require a tonne of sugar to get to the added flavour unfortunately. My current favourite blend would be Taylors of Harrogates After Dark - nice strong flavour without the nasty twang some stronger blends have.


03 Aug 2011 - 13:0065255
Quote Junta:
Flavoured are nice on occassion, but require a tonne of sugar to get to the added flavour unfortunately. My current favourite blend would be Taylors of Harrogates After Dark - nice strong flavour without the nasty twang some stronger blends have.


Percol's guatamelen/latin america filter coffee.

Seriously.


03 Aug 2011 - 13:3465259
TEAAAAAAA!

I used to drink nothing but coffee, then that started to make me feel sick. So I started to drink tea. Iv'e gone through lots of phases with tea.
Drinking with no sugar, lots of milk, then without milk and no sugar, and now, a dash of milk and 3 friggin sugars!

I also adore coffee but I don't drink it as much anymore so it makes it kinda special. As Junta says, we use the cafitier (I can't spell that) alot at home and at the moment, alot of Taylors after dark. It's a really nice smooth but very strong blend. Doesn't leave that bitter twang in the back of your mouth!

I hate nescafe though.......absolutly hate that stuff. If I have to go instant, I take Kenco or percol.

I prefer Neros for most coffee over starbucks, but starbucks Caramellelatte is awesome!

Also CINNAMON! can you add cinnamon into the coffee when you put it in a cafetiere? would that work?

And now for Tea.

My normal daily tea is an organic tea which I can't remember the name of now because I threw the box away. It's pretty good though. The box has a picture of a teapot on it and there are 2 different versions. One box is mostly black and the other green.

Otherwise I love Earl Grey and Lady Grey, depending on my mood, either with milk and some sugar or black with a slice of lemon.

Chai (alot of people don't realise it's ACTUALLY a tea, Chai coffees are made with the tea and steamed milk. I'm not sure though, if it has any actual coffee in it or not. The tea bags certainly don't)

Cinnamon and Apple, without milk, very nice. Tastes like apple strudel.

Turkish rose and just plain rose tea, with or without milk and often with some sugar to draw out the sweetness of the rose. It's very nice and very elegant, makes you feel all fancy....like.....

ohhh GINGER tea too! and ginger and lemon tea.....I could go on about tea for hours.


03 Aug 2011 - 13:4065260
Just then, I totally fell for you Lulu.


03 Aug 2011 - 14:0965266
I used to be one of those people who drink 20 cups of tea a day, but now I only have about 2 - 3 a day, which is great because caffiene works on me once more. XD

My favourites change, but usually you can find earl grey in my cupboard. I also have Chinese tea (pu-erh being my favourite) and things like tiny freeze-dried roses that I got from Hong Kong, which smell very good when added to tea. *_*

Usually I take milk with western teas. On a bad day I'll add sugar too. And things like builder's tea, which I used to drink a lot because I go out to construction sites, always demand milk and sugar to be palatable. XD; Urgh Tetley urgh.

I can't stand "smokey" teas like lapsang. =/ Chai also tastes a bit too strange for me.

I do appreciate coffee too, but generally don't drink it unless I'm feeling super tired.


03 Aug 2011 - 14:1365268
Quote JaeXD:


Percol's guatamelen/latin america filter coffee.

Seriously.


This I shall have to try, as their instant coffee is about the only instant one I'll tolerate; cheers dude!


03 Aug 2011 - 14:3365270
Quote Lulu Rose:
Turkish rose and just plain rose tea, with or without milk and often with some sugar to draw out the sweetness of the rose. It's very nice and very elegant, makes you feel all fancy....like.....


I wish I could like the fruit and flower teas, they smell sooooo good I want to like them. Then I drink some and I can't taste anything but the faintest tang leaving me really dissapointed. Is there a trick to it?



Last edited by Amy-Lou (03 Aug 2011 - 14:34)
03 Aug 2011 - 14:3565271
Yeahhhh, tea!! XD I usually drink regular tea with milk, maybe 2 cups a day (along with a couple of biscuits, of course :3). My favourite would definitely have to be herbal tea, you know, like green tea and stuff. Especially Oishi, that's my favourite! I also love how there's tons of flavours like vanilla, strawberry, lemon, etc. I tend to go for vanilla, though. ^-^ It's very pleasant and relaxing.

As for coffee, I don't drink that much of it. I love the smell of it, but regular coffee is too bitter for my taste. Then again, I've never really experimented with it as much.

Perhaps this is a strange question, but how do you drink your tea? Like, do you just drink it on the way to work or do you prefer sitting down watching TV and slowly drinking it? (Sounds relaxing, doesn't it? ^^) My family likes everything to be done traditionally (actually, I can't think of a better word to describe it but 'traditionally' sounds a bit strange) so practicing the 'art of pouring tea' is also something I *have* to do at home, along with arranging flowers and using correct posture.


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03 Aug 2011 - 14:3765272
Tea all the way for me

Like mine quite strong with 2 sugars

Im also very fond of green tea if I want something healthier. My favs are plain green tea and I also like the Orange and Lotus flower flavor . Fruity herbal teas are nice, dont drink them as much as I used to but Im quite fond of cranberry flavored teas


03 Aug 2011 - 14:4565274
Quote Blue_Clover:

Perhaps this is a strange question, but how do you drink your tea?


At work; as I'm working, or in a meeting. Sometimes its what I need as soon as I get in, and drink it as I read over the status reports, who blew what up, what kind of impending doom we have today in the happy form of toxic death. It's nice to have some tea as I read stuff like that.

At home; With everything! Any time you have your arse parked, you'll be offered tea/cha.

Coffee is a little different, I rarely have it at work. I drink it in the car a lot, and I like to have it at coffee shops when meeting friends. If I'm active I tend to choose coffee over tea. I never drink it at home, unless when I'm using the cafeteire. I ask for it when I'm at a friend's if I know they have a cafetiere or coffee that isn't made from ash and carbonised shame.



Last edited by JaeXD (03 Aug 2011 - 14:55)
03 Aug 2011 - 14:5465279
I drink both but I'm more of a coffee person rather then a tea. Tea's normally Yorkshire. Coffee's normally instant and sometimes flavoured if we have any and it tastes nice.
My usual coffee/tea routine goes along the lines of:
- Coffee/Teabag.
- 2 Sugars.
- Hot water.
- Stir.
- Add milk.
- Stir.
- Add a big more water.
- (If tea) Take teabag out.

I can't have no sugar in my drink, I like it sweet. Well the sweeter the better.


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