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Coffee or Tea?
As far as it goes, I drink a fair variety of teas, tisanes, chai, and hot chocolate as well. I'm not in any particular "camp" as far as preferential treatment of hot beverages is concerned.
I sure hope humanity benefits from this thread.
JamesSand wrote: I like my coffee like I like my women - roasted at 200°, ground into a fine powder, boiled in water, freeze dried, and kept in an air tight container
Wow... I thought "I like my coffee like I like my women - cold and bitter" was going too far .
I drink mine dark, cheap, and from a french press (not because I'm fancy, but because the french press works while camping and I got into my coffee habit while living in a tent for 9 weeks). However, I'm trying to cut the habit. The water footprint of coffee is astronomical (140 liters per cup1), and the industry isn't always ethical when it comes to the cheap stuff I drink. I've spent so much time around development workers that, along with the caffeine, I get a hint of guilt with every sip .
Have to watch that stuff though - like the rest of my body parts, my digestive system is not as young as it used to be and more than a couple of cups a day is too much for my abdomen.
I like tea too, but tend to not care too much for herbal blends whose flavor is subtle; I prefer stronger tasting teas. Ordinary black tea is good, and I'm particularly fond of Earl Grey and a cinnamon spice tea made by Good Earth.
Less personally, I've gotten some education about both tea and coffee this past year that I'll share.
Regarding tea, I'll just cite a conversation I saw documented on social media sometime earlier in 2019:
# 1: "What're you drinking?"
# 2: "Lipton Tea. It's still steeping in my cup."
# 1: "I read something interesting about that. Do you know how they rinse the pesticides off of the tea leaves?"
# 2: "No. How's it done?"
#1: "You're doing it right now."
Regarding coffee - I watched an online video by a British gentleman who calls himself Thoughty2. His videos are mini-documentaries on some subject related to science, technology, history, media, and similar topics, and the one I have in mind was a summary of how selected popular foods are processed. In the segment on coffee, Thoughty2 noted that if you buy unground beans or coffee that was ground in your presence, you are getting exactly what you believe - pure coffee. But most commercial coffees already ground and for sale on the supermarket shelf are actually a mix of coffee, corn, soybeans, and twigs. Yum. (I am drinking a cup of the Folger's that's readily available right this very minute, for full disclosure.)
Tea is okay on occasion, particularly when it's cold or I'm stressed. I prefer ones with different spices as those tend to have the best well-rounded flavors.