CtrlAltDestroy: I//Why drink something if you have to mask the taste in order to be able to stand it?
There's Always A Bloody Ghost: Gawd, who asked YOU? I keed, I keed! And if your reason for hating coffee is based on office coffee, then it's no wonder you hate the stuff. Office coffee is vile and I would rather go without than drink it. I'm lucky I have a child who works for a coffee franchise (I'll let you guess which one), and I get a free pound of beans a week! Life is good.
CtrlAltDestroy: There's Always A Bloody Ghost: Gawd, who asked YOU? I keed, I keed! And if your reason for hating coffee is based on office coffee, then it's no wonder you hate the stuff. Office coffee is vile and I would rather go without than drink it. I'm lucky I have a child who works for a coffee franchise (I'll let you guess which one), and I get a free pound of beans a week! Life is good.Heh. No, it's not office coffee that is my basis of example. Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, etc are all bad tasting and smelling to me. The ex liked coffee and I would occasionally get some coffee house type coffee on my way home from my midnight shift in the morning to have for her when I woke her up for her morning shift. Walking into a Starbucks, etc is something that I'll do with someone else but I don't like to be in places like that for very long. Kissing someone who just drank coffee is also a not so nice little surprise...But to each their own.I've never been one for tea but my only experiences was with grocery store green tea and whatnot. Then I had tea service at The Drake in Chicago and that changed. They served several flavors of tea and they were between "drinkable" and "delicious". The one that surprised me was peach tea. I don't care much for peaches but that tea was the best of the bunch.I've been thinking of setting myself up with a proper tea... setup thingy something. A tea service kit of some kind. There's a place a little ways away from me in downtown Naperville that is a stand alone tea shop. They have lots of different kinds of loose leaf tea. I just haven't put forth the effort yet to understand what I'd need to get the best out of tea. What kind of kettle/pot, strainer, methods, whatever.Any farkers want to give some advice?
foxyshadis: FTFA: Those people may be addicted to caffeine, he said. But he's loath to apply that label to most people who regularly use caffeine, even those who are physically dependent on it. For something to be considered an addiction, it needs to truly disruptive - causing problems in personal relationships, for example, or interfering with the ability to work.Plus, most people can usually cut back on their caffeine consumption without quitting altogether, unlike truly addictive drugs such as alcohol or heroin.*cough* Translation: There is no massive rehab industry set up to ineffectually siphon dollars away from coffee drinkers, and convince judges to order people to pay for. Yet.Caffeine is several times more physically addictive than alcohol, and alcohol is the "truly addictive" one?
Ker_Thwap: I get all rapey til I've had my first cup of coffee in the morning.Coffee addicts are clowns. Just listen to the stupid things you say.
There's Always A Bloody Ghost: If you really want to make the best tea, you need to follow some basic rules. First, use whatever tea you like, be it black tea, green, flavoured, whatever. Use a good brand name tea, like Tetley or whatever is good in the U.S. If you can get English tea, even better. Then, put hot water in your tea pot, which can be from the tap, and let it sit while the kettle boils. The tea pot should be warm before you pour in the boiling water. Then, put cold water in your kettle and bring it to a boil. A real boil, and if you have a kettle with a whistle, wait until it whistles for a few seconds. Pour out the water from the tea pot, then put your tea bags/loose tea in, at least two bags, then pour in the boiling water. Let it steep for at least five minutes. Never use hot water, it has to be boiling, I can't stress this enough! Then add whatever you like, sugar, milk, lemon, honey, etc. and enjoy. If you're using loose leaf tea, be sure to put a strainer over your cup/mug before pouring. If you're set on using loose leaf tea, you may have to experiment with how much to use, as it's not as easy as popping in two tea bag and knowing it will come out perfectly.
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