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How do you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:40 pm

After years of being a tea drinker in the morning I switched to the hard stuff and became a daily coffee drinker, even more so after DesertJets Jr. came into my life.

Now I am no coffee snob but I've become pretty particular about it. I find that most coffee out in the wild, McDs, DD, Starbucks etc ranges from bad to passable. Usually I find most drive-thru coffee is just watery and on the weak side. I had a horrible cup of coffee from the work cafeteria (they use Starbucks products) that tasted like swamp water. I am equally skeptical of the Keurigs for a variety of reasons. The convenience is great, I just think they just make a weak cup of coffee even on the strong setting.

At home I use Melitta single serve pour over coffee maker. Stupidly simple and makes a good cup. Boil a kettle of water, fill the #2 filter with 4 slightly heaping tablespoons of my preferred coffee (Gevalia House Blend), and pour into my 16oz travel mug for work day consumption. A small splash off half and half and two small teaspoons of sugar and I am good to go. I do 2 tablespoons for my weekend coffee since I just use a regular old coffee mug.
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:46 pm

I take my coffee black...like my men...

I like cold coffee (prefer cold brew, but I'll take iced just the same). Pour some Splenda on it and I'm good to go.

I like Starbucks's House blend: perfect balance. I do not order coffee from fast food places. Those are just giving out black water.
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:28 pm

At home I brew ground coffee with Bialetti Moka pots (I have 7 of 8 of them, in all sizes).

At work I have the choice between a Nespresso machine, a Senseo machine, and a machine that grinds the coffee before brewing it, I alternate between those.
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:31 pm

At home:

Espresso made by a De Longhi automatic espresso maker. Currently we have Induban high altitude medium roast beans for it. Once we run out, we'll go back to Fire Roasted's Cuban and Costa Rican beans - until our next vacation in the DR. Then it will be back to Induban again. I drink it black.

At work:

Flavia single packet coffee maker, with Alterra packets. They supply a variety of coffee styles for it, but I only drink the Columbian medium roast. Again, i take it black.
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:37 pm

About a teaspoon of instant, a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of milk. I always get the ratios wrong if I change mugs.
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:33 pm

My wife bought me a French Press for Christmas. Love it. I'm drinking some Peet's, as I write. Coarse ground, steep it for about 4 minutes, press it out. Sometimes I drink it black, sometimes with a bit of honey and full cream, sometimes just the honey. Depends on the mood.

Not really loyal to any particular brand of coffee...I grab a small bit of something new, now and again, and try it.
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:50 pm

A machine that grinds, filters the water and drip feeds into the jug for breakfast. It comes out clean, if you know what I mean. A cafetiere for the rest of the day with Costa Rican beans burr ground to order. It uses more beans that those grinders with a blade but you can get a courser grind which seems to taste better. I was told that the outside of the bean tastes different than the inside so the courser the grind the more of the outside flavour you get. I don't know if it's right, I'm no expert.
 
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:54 pm

Was never much of a coffee drinker before I moved to Seattle back in 1990, but now I can't start the day without it. Must be something about the climate out here that turns us all into junkies for the stuff.
I know this will be blasphemy to my fellow Seattleites but I can't stand Starbucks. If I'm going to grab a coffee on the go, I'll get one at McDonald's. I actually find their coffee quite good, it's the only thing I'll buy there.
If I'm making it at home, I like Seattle's Best #3 roast which is medium. Just use a Mr. Coffee and take it with Coffee-Mate and a little sugar. The stuff at the office is complete dreck but what do you expect for free? I'll usually make my own at home and fill a thermos
 
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:54 pm

First thing I do at work in the morning is grab a cup of whatever is sitting in the FBO coffee pot from yesterday. Microwave it for 1:30 and add 1 tablespoon of sugar and a 1 second pour of whatever creamer is laying around.

I don't care if it's old, FBO's seem to have the best coffee.

If it's the weekend I'll stop into Tim Hortons and get a large double double.

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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:20 pm

We use a Keurig because I prefer strong blends and the wife prefers her coffee less than half as strong as I do.

Since we live full-time in an RV and travel, sometimes camping without utilities. On those occasions, we use a French Press. The coffee is weak to me and too strong for her if we make one pot. If possible I'll make one pot very strong for me, and another for her.

Since she uses a 2/3 coffee 1/3 cream ratio - I don't understand why she can't deal with my stronger coffee.

But as a happily married man, I've learned to just shut up and let her have her way.
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:25 pm

At a cafe, caffè americano & sometimes a cappuccino. At home, black coffee from a moka pot or a Serbian coffee pot.
 
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:14 pm

Use a Tassimo coffee machine because unlike a traditional filter coffee machine, it has the capability to brew a whole range of coffees and doesn't cost a ridiculous amount of money to buy.

Generally speaking, I take my coffee black with two or three teaspoons of sugar, depending on the strength.
I don't enjoy drive-thru hot coffee, but I do occasionally enjoy iced coffee, e.g. from Starbucks.
If I ever drink instant, it is one teaspoon of coffee, two of sugar and a small amount of milk (because black instant coffee tends to taste bad).
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:42 pm

I use a Bialetti stovetop espresso maker. So basically I guess that means I am drinking espresso. It takes a ton of coffee grounds, but at least it is worth it.

At work we have a 15 year old K cup machine that will take anything. There are some options out there like Death Wish Coffee Co.
 
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:52 am

coolian2 wrote:
About a teaspoon of instant, a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of milk. I always get the ratios wrong if I change mugs.


Similar. A teaspoon of instant, two teaspoons of sugar (essential) and a splash and a bit of milk. I do enjoy coffee with soy milk. :veryhappy:

I like Nespresso (capsule coffee) if it is on offer - my favourite is an apple crumble one. Will have a latte or cappuccino if I am at a cafe, or to take away. Only before midday though. Never drink coffee after midday, even decaf.

I also like the Robert Timms coffee bags for an instant coffee option. http://www.roberttimms.com.au/our-range ... -for-home/

However, not a big coffee drinker, even less than I used to. More of a tea connoisseur. :profile:
 
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:24 am

VapourTrails wrote:
However, not a big coffee drinker, even less than I used to. More of a tea connoisseur. :profile:

Ah indeed :) One bag, bit of hot water, let it sit for a bit, bag comes out - splash of milk and I'm sorted.
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:35 am

coolian2 wrote:
VapourTrails wrote:
However, not a big coffee drinker, even less than I used to. More of a tea connoisseur. :profile:

Ah indeed :) One bag, bit of hot water, let it sit for a bit, bag comes out - splash of milk and I'm sorted.


Bagged tea for a tea connoisseur? Seriously?
This is how I make my tea: Teaspoon of uncut Earl Grey (or black tea if I don't feel like drinking Earl Grey) into a stainless steel strainer, hot water. Let it sit for 5 minutes. If I feel like it, I add a teaspoon of Demerara sugar, but normally I drink it as it is.
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:07 am

WildcatYXU wrote:
coolian2 wrote:
VapourTrails wrote:
However, not a big coffee drinker, even less than I used to. More of a tea connoisseur. :profile:

Ah indeed :) One bag, bit of hot water, let it sit for a bit, bag comes out - splash of milk and I'm sorted.


Bagged tea for a tea connoisseur? Seriously?
This is how I make my tea: Teaspoon of uncut Earl Grey (or black tea if I don't feel like drinking Earl Grey) into a stainless steel strainer, hot water. Let it sit for 5 minutes. If I feel like it, I add a teaspoon of Demerara sugar, but normally I drink it as it is.

Hey I didn't say I was the connoisseur!

I just want my cup of hot brown fast
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:11 am

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Hey I didn't say I was the connoisseur!


And I said nothing about tea bags. :sarcastic:

I prefer the leaf tea, Twinings or T2 or something of quality. I will use a tea bag instead if making leaf tea isn't always practical or available. But that is off-topic. :sarcastic:
 
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:47 am

I have an espresso machine from Siemens with a built in coffee grinder, so that I can choose my own coffee beans. It makes some very good coffee.
 
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:30 am

1. fresh grind beans
2. black
3. Coffein free

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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:13 am

A cappuccino from my Nespresso machine, with one Equal.
Used to like tea much more but i usually put a lot of sugar, doctor's orders to limit my intake of sugar so i stopped drinking tea as it doesn't taste good with any artificial sweetener.
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:14 am

-At home
Almond milk, and 2/3 teaspoons of Nescafe

On weekends I make Italian coffee on a Bialetti Moka using Lavazza coffee that I buy when I travel to Italy.

-At work

We have an Illy machine (free) and I usually get a ¨Caramel Latte¨ or ¨Espresso Chocolate¨

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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:05 pm

Nuova Simonelli espresso machine and a commercial grinder. Usually Campos coffee beans.

I have a small cafe setup in my kitchen. I can do takeaway coffee just as they do them in a cafe.

Also have a Lavazza pod machine and can use that on its own for espresso, or with the big machine as well if I need to do many coffees at once. You can do espresso shots with both machines, and the big machine can do the milk at the same time as doing the coffee.
 
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:46 pm

I brew my own in a drip machine generally, and with milk (2 generally) and if I go out to grab some, I generally get McDonald's with 2 milk, which here in Canada at least, is fairly decent. It's what I buy to brew at home from the store as well. I don't find Starbucks too bad taste wise. I find Tim Horton's pretty nasty.
 
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:56 pm

If it needs to be quick, simply from a generic coffee machine, but always using quality coffee - currently a nice blend of Dallmayr.
And if a bit more time I freshly grind the beans and use the Bialetti.

Interesting thread!
 
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:15 pm

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Interesting thread!


Indeed it is. And, except for a little bickering from the tea folks, no arguments; refreshing and uplifting, as a good cup of coffee should be.

So, do you guys need coffee to get going? Do you drink through the day? How much coffee a day, or at a sitting?

Not to hijack the thread, but I've been sitting at home recuperating, and find that I haven't drank nearly as much coffee as I used to think I needed on a given day.

Personally, I have a cup (~10oz) when I wake up, and three or more of those through my day. I find it hilarious that folks like Yeti & RTIC, and the like claim to keep your coffee hot for several hours. If it takes several hours to drink your cup of coffee, you're doing it wrong, whether it's 8oz or 20oz.
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:43 pm

fr8mech wrote:
Luxair747SP wrote:
Interesting thread!


So, do you guys need coffee to get going? Do you drink through the day? How much coffee a day, or at a sitting?

Not to hijack the thread, but I've been sitting at home recuperating, and find that I haven't drank nearly as much coffee as I used to think I needed on a given day.

Personally, I have a cup (~10oz) when I wake up, and three or more of those through my day. I find it hilarious that folks like Yeti & RTIC, and the like claim to keep your coffee hot for several hours. If it takes several hours to drink your cup of coffee, you're doing it wrong, whether it's 8oz or 20oz.



I personally drink way too much coffee for a person with cardiac problems. During a workday, I start with a long espresso (that's after I already had my morning tea). The Primadonna is set to 60 ml. Then I have a coffee after arrival to work. Another one after lunch. Then another espresso after dinner.

During weekends I start with a long espresso drank in bed (for Mrs. Wildcat I set the Primadonna to long coffee), then another two during the day. The evening espresso is sometimes substituted with Irish or Spanish coffee.
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:46 pm

I set myself the personal limit of 3 normal sized cups, usually with milk. But there are stressful days like today, where I am already at 5 and its only 3:30PM
But usually I drink one for breakfast, than one in the morning and one after lunch. I also like sometimes to sit in small cafes as some have really great coffees.

Which was the worst coffee which you guys remember? For me it was this year in a cafe in Heraklion in Greece. Tasted only like water with burned charcoal.
 
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:25 pm

I have a reputation at work, that you do not want to talk to me before 9am and/or I have finished my coffee. I am not a morning person, but having to be a responsible adult with an 8-5 job and a small child means I am up and semi-functional far earlier that I would normally like. Before kiddo was born I almost never had coffee at home on the weekends, since kiddo was born I always have coffee at home on the weekends. But then on weekends I used to be able to sleep in late. But beyond my morning cup (I want to say it's 16 oz) I don't have more coffee after that.


My worst cup of coffee in recent memory was at the work cafeteria. They use Starbucks products and my choices were Pike Place Roast (which I dislike and has the usual burnt taste that you associate with Starbucks) or Verona. I chose the Verona and it tasted like swamp water. I think that they really needed to clean the coffee maker and decanter because it wasn't good. Of course I still choked that swill down because I needed my fix.
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:15 pm

I just use my $10 drip machine from Shopko with two scoops of whatever I have on hand (usually Gevalia of some kind, but sometimes I'll grab a bag from a local coffee shop in town), and a very small splash of milk.

On the subject of good and bad coffee, I recently had the chance to fly United for the first time in a long time, and the Illy coffee they served was light years better than the Starbucks garbage Delta has been using. It tastes overly sweet and incinerated at the same time- whatever blend of Seattle's Best they used to use (circa 2012) was infinitely better.
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Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:55 pm

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Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:36 pm

Sorry I'm stereotypically Canadian in this...

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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:00 pm

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This is called kotyogo kavefozo (gurgling coffee maker) in Hungary. Used to use it before our younger son purchased the Primadonna.
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Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:08 pm

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And, except for a little bickering from the tea folks

We were? I thought a thread that was going well wouldn't mind a little bit of light hearted banter. We still have our senses of humour, right?
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:37 pm

Since moving to Australia, I have fallen in love with the long black. Back home in the US, I guess the closest thing (although prepared differently) is the cafe americano.
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Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:50 pm

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Part of my coffee setup. Not only have the takeaway cups, but even the trays too. ;)
 
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:58 pm

In the morning I don't have time for coffee usually, so the first one is when I get to work. One espresso. Usually another one between 10 and 11. One just after lunch. One in the afternoon. So about 4 a day. If a colleague offers to make coffee, I never say no.

When I'm not working I drink a bowl (a full 6 cups Bialetti) for breakfast, and usually no more for the day.
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:17 pm

I take my coffee with a "Yes, please" and "Thank you"

But in all seriousness, I usually prefer a medium to dark roast drip coffee with enough cream (not half and half or milk) to make it a light shade of brown.
 
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Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:18 am

I wish I'd got a flat white while I was out. Damn.
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Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:42 am

On the subject of good and bad coffee, I recently had the chance to fly United for the first time in a long time, and the Illy coffee they served was light years better than the Starbucks garbage Delta has been using. It tastes overly sweet and incinerated at the same time- whatever blend of Seattle's Best they used to use (circa 2012) was infinitely better.[/quote]

I am not 100% certain, but I think DL used "Seattle's Best Blend" which is no more. Seattle's Best ditched the names and just numbered their roasts 1 - 5 with #1 being lightest and #5 being darkest about three years ago. They may be re-thinking that since I just the other day picked up a bag of "Spirited Start" breakfast blend that says its a medium roast. Will be cracking it open tomorrow morning and brewing a pot and hope it's to my liking.
 
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:45 am

Iced or cold brew, preferably dark roast, no cream, no sugar.
 
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:00 pm

WildcatYXU wrote:
coolian2 wrote:
VapourTrails wrote:
However, not a big coffee drinker, even less than I used to. More of a tea connoisseur. :profile:

Ah indeed :) One bag, bit of hot water, let it sit for a bit, bag comes out - splash of milk and I'm sorted.


Bagged tea for a tea connoisseur? Seriously?
This is how I make my tea: Teaspoon of uncut Earl Grey (or black tea if I don't feel like drinking Earl Grey) into a stainless steel strainer, hot water. Let it sit for 5 minutes. If I feel like it, I add a teaspoon of Demerara sugar, but normally I drink it as it is.


Sugar in tea? Allow me to quote George Orwell ;)

George Orwell wrote:
Lastly, tea — unless one is drinking it in the Russian style — should be drunk without sugar. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tealover if you destroy the flavour of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put in pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter, just as beer is meant to be bitter. If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a very similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water.

Some people would answer that they don't like tea in itself, that they only drink it in order to be warmed and stimulated, and they need sugar to take the taste away. To those misguided people I would say: Try drinking tea without sugar for, say, a fortnight and it is very unlikely that you will ever want to ruin your tea by sweetening it again.


I do agree with you on the Earl Grey though, but it depends on the time of year. In the summer, I prefer Darjeeling.

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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:20 pm

Bostrom wrote:
Sugar in tea? Allow me to quote George Orwell


I couldn't agree more. I drink plenty of hot tea, with zero additives...sadly from a bag, but I don't claim to be a connoisseur of tea. But, when I drink iced tea, it is always tea, just tea, not sweetened.

Me, being myself, and to the chagrin of the wife, will inform any waiter or waitress that asks me whether I want sweet or un-sweet tea, that there is no such thing as un-sweet tea...just tea and sweetened tea.
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:46 pm

Bostrom wrote:
WildcatYXU wrote:
coolian2 wrote:
Ah indeed :) One bag, bit of hot water, let it sit for a bit, bag comes out - splash of milk and I'm sorted.


Bagged tea for a tea connoisseur? Seriously?
This is how I make my tea: Teaspoon of uncut Earl Grey (or black tea if I don't feel like drinking Earl Grey) into a stainless steel strainer, hot water. Let it sit for 5 minutes. If I feel like it, I add a teaspoon of Demerara sugar, but normally I drink it as it is.


Sugar in tea? Allow me to quote George Orwell ;)

George Orwell wrote:
Lastly, tea — unless one is drinking it in the Russian style — should be drunk without sugar. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tealover if you destroy the flavour of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put in pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter, just as beer is meant to be bitter. If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a very similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water.

Some people would answer that they don't like tea in itself, that they only drink it in order to be warmed and stimulated, and they need sugar to take the taste away. To those misguided people I would say: Try drinking tea without sugar for, say, a fortnight and it is very unlikely that you will ever want to ruin your tea by sweetening it again.


I do agree with you on the Earl Grey though, but it depends on the time of year. In the summer, I prefer Darjeeling.

(Please don't take this post too serious.)

Hahaha, good post. I can't even remember when I last put sugar in tea - probably some time when I needed a bit of a sugar infusion and via tea was the fastest way. Whenever that might have been.
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:32 pm

I've got a DeLonghi Magnifica bean to cup machine. I use whatever Espresso beans are presently best value at the local supermarket. Presently using Lavazza but have used Taylors and Tesco own brand in the past.
 
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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:09 pm

Bostrom wrote:

Sugar in tea? Allow me to quote George Orwell ;)

(Please don't take this post too serious.)


My sons would fully agree with you. But some bad habits die really hard. :)
That said, I have a confession to make. Sometimes, during the winter, I sin even more. I add rum to my tea. :duck:
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:16 pm

For purchased coffee it's Tim Horton's . enuf said.

If not Timmy's , the next best is a Starbucks house blend,
If not Starbucks, McD's

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Re: How to you make and take your coffee

Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:09 pm

WildcatYXU wrote:
Bostrom wrote:
That said, I have a confession to make. Sometimes, during the winter, I sin even more. I add rum to my tea. :duck:


That doesn't sound too bad, add some cream and you have a Caribbean tea! (As opposed to Irish coffe.)
 
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:05 am

A Percolator is a great way to brew a quick cup too though not very common. Sears has a good selection actually. Some are even Made in USA (GASP)

http://www.sears.com/search=coffee%20percolators
 
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Re: How do you make and take your coffee

Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:59 am

Whole bean, freshly ground. No cream, no sugar.
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