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dave

January 5, 2009
9:50 AM

Post #5968108

There are a total of 496 votes:


Plain 'no frills' coffee (plain, or with cream and/or sugar?)
(230 votes, 46%)
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Fancy flavored coffee (what flavor is your favorite?)
(55 votes, 11%)
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Tea or green tea
(86 votes, 17%)
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Herbal tea (which one?)
(22 votes, 4%)
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Hot cocoa or chocolate (homemade or mix?)
(52 votes, 10%)
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Hot apple cider
(9 votes, 1%)
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Other
(22 votes, 4%)
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I don't drink hot beverages
(20 votes, 4%)
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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2009
9:58 AM

Post #5968114

Bet these percentages aren't maintained for long . . . ;-)

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2009
10:58 AM

Post #5968141

I voted for plain coffee... just cream in it... a must for waking up... once in a while I will get a nice cup of black or green tea... in the afternoon
phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2009
11:12 AM

Post #5968159

'morning onewish :-)
I like my coffee w/cream also--but with a little spice...nutmeg, cinnamon, etc
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 5, 2009
11:34 AM

Post #5968193

Morning "Its coffee time" :-)
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

January 5, 2009
11:45 AM

Post #5968209

Has to be good old plain, unflavored coffee!
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2009
1:02 PM

Post #5968348

"Favorite" has to be herbal tea ~ even tho I do coffee in the am for a caffiene get up and go rush...
Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 5, 2009
1:04 PM

Post #5968352

I gave up coffee a few years ago - or rather, it gave me up - just didn't appeal to me anymore all of a sudden. I now happily drink my pot of hot tea in the morning, and ice tea during the day. Often a cup of green tea in the late afternoon.
detheo
Macomb, MI
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2009
1:09 PM

Post #5968362

I'm a tea totaler...love my spiced chia
plantladyhou
Katy, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2009
1:17 PM

Post #5968382

To tell the truth, I never much thought about hot beverages. We mostly drink cold stuff around here. Who ever heard of drinking hot beer or hot water, etc.? About the only thing that we drink is hot coffee. Jim drinks his plain, 1 mug a day each morning and I do the same except I put a cube of sugar in mine.

Ann
deannaj1183
Canton, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2009
1:21 PM

Post #5968393

I can't live without my coffee, and I drink it black. Yum!
got2Bgreen
Coast range of, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2009
1:38 PM

Post #5968436

Hot cocoa once in a while. Don't drink coffee - never have. I've thought about starting - maybe I'd feel more like a "grown-up", but I'm over 40 now so does it really matter????
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2009
1:42 PM

Post #5968445

I have some jasmine tea that tastes like flowers. Yummm... Just opening the can and sniffing makes me happy. :-)

I love the smell of coffee, but have never liked the taste.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2009
1:58 PM

Post #5968477

Regular, coffee - flavored coffee for me. A little sugar and milk.
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2009
2:11 PM

Post #5968510

Tea hands down, I like Twining's Lady Grey (decaf) the best.

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2009
2:49 PM

Post #5968642

My favorite is latte, just milk, no sugar, no flavorings or whipped cream. I chose the 2nd option, Fancy flavored coffee only because I don't think latte qualifies as just plain coffee. This is my favorite, but I only have it occasionally. My morning 'must have' to function is just plain coffee, usually black although I will take it with cream every now and then for a change of pace or if it is substandard coffee.
bjf826
panhandle, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2009
2:56 PM

Post #5968659

Used to drink 7 - yes, seven - POTS of coffee a day. Now I have one mug in the morning with creamer and artificial sweetener. In the winter, though, I enjoy a cup of tea with honey and lemon if the mood strikes.
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 5, 2009
3:17 PM

Post #5968734

I vote for espresso - it's got more coffee flavor and less caffeine than regular, watery coffee - drunk with no milk or sugar, but with chocolate biscotti on the side.
HERBIE43
Rutland , MA
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2009
3:29 PM

Post #5968782

i like mine with a lot of milk and no sugar. every once kin a while i will have french vanilla coffee and if they have it in the store i use french vanilla milk.

4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2009
3:31 PM

Post #5968788

Espresso. One 14 ounce cup, straight up daily, by 7 am at the latest.
Heavy cream, a splash of maple syrup and vanilla extract make it a rare treat.
Katlian
Carson City, NV
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2009
3:35 PM

Post #5968799

I have one big cup of tea each morning. I must have 12 different flavors of tea in my desk drawer. I used to work in a coffee shop and tried it many different ways but could never get used to the super bitterness of the coffee. I like the smell of freshly brewed coffee but stale coffee and coffee breath are really gross.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 5, 2009
3:44 PM

Post #5968836

I had to vote "other" because I like them all!

For many years I drank hot coffee with just sugar, couldn't imagine putting milk or cream in it! Then they came out with the flavored creamers and I was hooked! I love anything vanilla flavored so I now have my coffee with the vanilla, vanilla caramel or vanilla cinnamon creamers.
I also love hot tea (cream and sugar a must!), chai tea latte, hot chocolate/cocoa (whether from a packet or home-made!) and hot apple cider as well. Must admit that I drink hot tea most often though.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 5, 2009
4:16 PM

Post #5968981

I mostly drink tea, have probably 15 kinds of tea, favorite is Constant Comment, but I do drink various flavored green teas.

Donna
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

January 5, 2009
4:19 PM

Post #5968991

Morning - strong, black coffee. We drink half-caf, freshly ground and brewed.
Afternoon and/or evening - mocha flavored coffee drink.
DH used to use milk in his coffee, but stopped when he moved to the U.S. and they kept giving him "warm-ups." He said it was too difficult to keep the ratio right. :-)
phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2009
4:25 PM

Post #5969014

Maple and vanilla--YUMMMMM! I'm gonna have to try that one!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 5, 2009
4:30 PM

Post #5969038

I vote for sugar in my coffee.
I used to take cream & sugar (or milk & sugar), but the warm/hot cream upset my tum-tum, so I cut it out, and now I'm thinking of lessening/cutting out sugar too... ah well - have to 1 vice LOL
mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 5, 2009
4:31 PM

Post #5969043

Coffee, half-and-half and 2 little spoons of cane sugar. Or I won't get up! ( Pouty face)
TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2009
4:37 PM

Post #5969073

I am absolutely addicted to Coffee-Mate's Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer. Unfortunately, they only put it out over the holiday season. Starbucks French Roast, a splash of Peppermint creamer and one packet of Splenda..yummy.

Beyond that, I think my favorite is a steaming cup of cafe au lait while sitting outside at the Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. But half of that enjoyment comes from the atmosphere!





This message was edited Jan 5, 2009 9:40 PM
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 5, 2009
4:39 PM

Post #5969080

Mmmm ... Peppermint Mocha - gotta look for that one next year!
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

January 5, 2009
4:51 PM

Post #5969150

Coffee -- black. Feels good going down and now they have decided it is good for you ! Yippee!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2009
5:39 PM

Post #5969335

I enjoy brewed Foldgers French Vanilla or Cinnamon Swirl with Equal and FF creamer. It is as good as Four Bucks serves.
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2009
5:42 PM

Post #5969348

Black coffee with Splenda - one, occasionally two cups each day. Decaf - for medical reasons. I love the taste of honey in it, but gave that up because of the calories.

DH and I dislike flavored coffees, but I love cappuccino with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top! Cafe Mocha is an occasional treat at Starbucks - but there are those calories again!
roybird
Santa Fe, NM

January 5, 2009
5:44 PM

Post #5969355

Plain coffee made from good beans, strong, with half and half or whole milk. Recently developed a taste for cinnamon on top. I also like tea, though, almost as much. I like sugar in tea but not in coffee.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2009
5:45 PM

Post #5969360

Hey CJ! I was a cafe mocha or cappuccino too! DH was black coffee; but now he drinks the French Van or Cinn Swirl too.
Would love to see you for a cup again someday!!

This message was edited Jan 5, 2009 11:46 AM
WNYwillieB
Buffalo, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2009
5:49 PM

Post #5969377

WASSAIL!

Take an orange and stud it with cloves, then, let it swim with a cinnamon stick in slightly simmering apple cider for awhile - until well flavored. You can also add a cinnamon stick to the mug of cider as you imbibe.

Otherwise, it's dark roast coffee, no cream, no sugar.
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2009
5:56 PM

Post #5969400

Well, come on down, Sheila! Hope to see you this year! Your back is all better, right?

PS. We used to use Gevalia medium roast beans, which we ground, but this year discovered Dunkin' Donuts coffee and made the switch.

It's strange how I do NOT like milk or cream in my coffee, but I do love coffee ice cream and cappuccino. Go figure...

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #5969431

CJ you have dmail...
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2009
6:22 PM

Post #5969476

I take my caffeine cold. Everyone says that I have a drinking problem I drink way too much Coke.
staceysmom
(GayLynn) Appleton, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 5, 2009
6:40 PM

Post #5969527

Don't do hot drinks... to me, a drink has to be cold and refreshing. I do love the smell of coffee though and make it for my DH.
I too have a drinking problem but I'm hooked on caffeine free diet Pepsi.



fleursdefouquet
Ferndale, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2009
7:45 PM

Post #5969818

Nothing tastes better than that first cup of coffee in the morning. Especially when my DH makes it for me. One Equal and a bit of Vanilla flavored creamer. Will sometimes have a second cup.

Late in the day it's hot tea or cocoa. But I'd give them up if I had to choose between them and that first cup of coffee.
dicentra63
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2009
7:49 PM

Post #5969834

My "other" is Stephen's Gourmet English Wassail, a citrus and spice drink from a mix.

http://www.indulgentfoods.com/products/prodDetails.asp?pID=26&category=6&subcategory=0&size=0&search=&page=
Edens_Gardener
Clay Center, KS
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2009
8:35 PM

Post #5970007

Fresh ground, french roast, fairly strong..(like an old Garfield bookmark I have, "I like my coffee to stand up and bark!" Later in the day perhaps a cup with vanilla creamer.

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2009
8:43 PM

Post #5970041

Plain black coffee, no creamer, no sugar. We have a Keurig brewer and love it. (Except for getting the grounds out of all those little cups for the compost pile!)
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2009
9:04 PM

Post #5970129

general food instant-swiss white chocolate

the gas station-traverse city cherry or toffee
flowerfantasy
Washington, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2009
9:47 PM

Post #5970285

I usually have at least 2 cups of coffee in the morning and the slightly sweetened tea the rest of the day Cold tea that is !!!!!
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 5, 2009
10:00 PM

Post #5970338

I drink half cup of coffee on weekends but I drink almond and ginger herb tea every day. This would be a good time!!
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 5, 2009
10:56 PM

Post #5970518

I chose "Other" because the option of "tea or green tea" doesn't begin to describe the flavour or texture of a properly made cup of masala chai (Indian style spiced milk tea). Properly made is a key concept here as the watery, insipid, overly sweet products that Starbucks and companies like Oregon Chai try to pass off as chai are nothing like the real thing.
Erynne
Hillsburgh, ON
(Zone 5a)

January 5, 2009
11:01 PM

Post #5970540

Coffee for me! Medium double double, half decaf.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2009
11:38 PM

Post #5970679

Plain coffee but must have some kind of tasty creamer like Int'l Delight French Vanilla or Chocolate Caramel or there was one called Fudge Toffee...OMG so good! LOL!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 6, 2009
12:19 AM

Post #5970857

I voted hot chocolate. But the only time I drink it is at the coffee shop with all the guys. I think it's a mix. We shake dice to see who pays, so I have to drink something.
I quit drinking coffee about 3 years ago when I discovered it was one of the causes of my high blood pressure. Also quit soda pop then.
I have a glass of milk with every meal & lots of water as my beverage.

Bernie
pappy_c
Sylacauga, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2009
12:35 AM

Post #5970924

The only thing I like better than a cup of hot black coffee in the morning is a cup of hot black coffee laced with a "little" Bailey's Original Irish Cream in the evening, sitting around a campfire. Must be the Scot-Irish DNA my mother passed along to me.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 6, 2009
12:58 AM

Post #5971036

Other: Blueberry Tea
I oz amaretto
1 oz Grande Marnier
Hot tea
Slice of lemon (very important)

It smells like blueberrys and taste yummy.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2009
1:04 AM

Post #5971064

yummy sounding DN
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2009
1:56 AM

Post #5971293

I live in Texas now but I'm from Louisiana where ground roast dark coffee is THE drink. Most of us like the blends that include chicory. Two usual brands are Seaport and Community. "They" say the French like their coffee strong as a bull, hot as hell, black as night and sweet as love. This includes cafe au lait. Maybe this is why we drink demi-tasse instead of a big mug full. The coffee is rich, full bodied but smooth. I grew up drinking coffee as soon as I could use a cup. When you are young it is half milk. I seldom use the milk anymore at all...just that sweet, strong, hot nectar of the gods!
phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

January 6, 2009
2:03 AM

Post #5971318

DN---No wonder you're singing bunny songs to Pixie!!!!:-)

This message was edited Jan 5, 2009 9:04 PM
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 6, 2009
2:13 AM

Post #5971361

tee hee. Canada: land of the people of typos, the cold and the dark, dancing AND refreshing beverages :-)
randbponder
Hornick, IA
(Zone 4b)

January 6, 2009
2:31 AM

Post #5971447

I voted for a cup of coffee " black" one cup in the morning and I'm good for all day. I can get involved in a discusion down at the coffee shop and drink two more, so I can brave the cold and walk back home. LOL
Dann_L
San Tan Valley, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 6, 2009
2:33 AM

Post #5971463

I voted "plain, no frills". I drink 3 or 4 cups most mornings, usually black, but occasionally with a splash of Cask & Cream, a blend of brandy and cream. Especially when I'm warming my self by a morning campfire, my breath is a wisp of vapor in the chill morning air and there is a lake sparkling just beyond the trees.

I buy a variety of green coffee beans and roast them myself. I like Colombian Supremo, Papau New Guinea and Tanzanian Peaberry beans. Roasting to different levels brings out different flavors in each one. Can't drink Starbucks anymore...always tastes like it's burnt.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 6, 2009
2:44 AM

Post #5971508

Too funny Dann_L. Starbucks has always tasted like it's burnt to me.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2009
3:22 AM

Post #5971662

I agree with you ... never liked starbucks
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2009
3:45 AM

Post #5971746

Me, too. I never liked Starbucks. I, too, grew up in New Orleans with real dark roast coffee. I used to drive over the top of J. Arons Coffee Co in New Orleans, second largest importer of coffee beans in the US, every day on my way to high school as a kid. You could smell the coffee roasting from the freeway. That fragrance is my favorite perfume.
I do like the Starbucks grounds for my garden though. I am glad some people like their coffee.
I think I would really like Dahlianut's Blueberry Tea, also. Can't wait for an opportunity to try it.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 6, 2009
3:49 AM

Post #5971764

Well there just might be a Starbucks Rebels club in the makings. I just can't believe with all the great coffeehouses in Seattle that Starbucks made it so big.
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2009
3:57 AM

Post #5971783

Give me a strong hot cup of French Market. If the cupboard is bare, Cafe du Monde will do just as well. Be sure to throw a dash of Splenda in the cup.
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2009
3:59 AM

Post #5971791

Hear, hear, mwperry! Only I would skip the splenda. Straight for me.
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2009
4:10 AM

Post #5971821

Mmmm, Cafe du Monde Chicory coffee in the dripper with condense milk on the bottom. That's how I grew up as a teenager drinking coffee, like the French (cafe au lait). Sometime we dip a little baguette in it too.
Katye
Sammamish, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2009
4:34 AM

Post #5971895

Other: I prefer hot beverages especially espresso shots and a variety of strongly brewed teas, caffeinated or herbal.
And I, too am quite happy that so many folks here (near Seattle) love their S'bux. I love hauling away the grounds for my garden...
JJsgarden
Northern Piedmont, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2009
5:05 AM

Post #5971970

Freshly ground black coffee, no sugar, no cream. For a change of taste, freshly ground hazelnut coffee.
Sally_OR
Eugene, OR

January 6, 2009
5:21 AM

Post #5972018

Glad I'm not the only who thinks Starbucks taste burnt.

Had to lose the caffeine, didn't really enjoy decaf...so now I'm a tea person. Favorite so far ...Stash Mango/Passion Fruit, like Lemon Blossom also.

I've had French coffee...one sip is good for a three day buzz.
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2009
5:43 AM

Post #5972057

You are right Sally. The first time I took a friend of mine to have an ice coffee, made with chicory coffee and condense milk, she was "wired" for hours.
Sally_OR
Eugene, OR

January 6, 2009
6:03 AM

Post #5972104

I worked in French Guiana from time to time. The local brew kept people awake through many an all nighter.
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2009
6:10 AM

Post #5972122

Next time you go to a Vietnamese restaurant, order Vietnamese coffee. The French occupied Vietnam and taught them to make a fine cup of coffee, very similar to a Creole one -- with condensed milk, a major treat!
BlissfulGarden
Baton Rouge, LA

January 6, 2009
9:15 AM

Post #5972265

I love the smell of coffee, but hate the taste of it... and from what I've heard, we've got the best coffee to offer down here in Louisiana, so it's not from a lack of good choices. Infrequently, I'm in the mood for a good cup of tea or hot cocoa. But, anytime you offer me a hot cup of apple cider, my answer will be yes.
Fairy1004
(bestest fairy)Tempe, MI
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2009
11:39 AM

Post #5972346

I like Ghiradelli hot cocoa with Capt. Morgan's Parrot Bay Coconut Rum when I get a chill:-)

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2009
12:19 PM

Post #5972400

For years, I preferred hot tea until someone told me that a cup of hot coffee each morning kept him regular. It sounded strange, but I tried it & I found that it worked for me too! I can't stand it black, so I must have cream & sweetner. Now I enjoy having the coffee grounds to put on my garden. I'm sensitive to caffeine, so I stop at one cup. I prefer my tea iced & later in the day; though I find hot tea soothes an upset stomach. Hot cocoa & flavored coffee are occasional treats! I've never acquired a taste for hot cider.
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2009
1:35 PM

Post #5972534

paja, i'm Vietnamese... LOL! That's why I love the coffee so much. I don't usually drink coffee like that at home. Only when we go out and eat Vietnamese or when we visited Vietnam. Oh, the cofee is the best!
phuggins
Fairmont, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 6, 2009
1:53 PM

Post #5972573

Dark roast, half and half, sugar. Mmmmmmm. I LOVE the Cafe Du Monde chicory coffee from NOLA. And Vietnamese pressed coffee, yum yum. Sadly, I can only have one cup per day because otherwise I'll just jitter right out of my socks.
fleursdefouquet
Ferndale, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2009
3:24 PM

Post #5972912

Can't have cafe' au lait from Cafe du Monde without beignets!
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2009
4:02 PM

Post #5973051

You're making me hungry! LOL!
santeelady
Santee, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2009
4:14 PM

Post #5973096

I chose "Other"... I order a triple companna (3 shots of espresso) then have them add caramel sauce and 1 pump raspberry syrup... also, I NEED to have my Latte (Caramel) but I get that one over ice. So my only hot beverage would be the espresso from Starbucks.

~melissa :o)

uh oh, now I'm gonna need to stop at my Starbucks today...hee hee hee
WaterCan2
Eastern Long Island, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 6, 2009
4:23 PM

Post #5973127

One of the Starbucks brands of coffee in the am., stirred not shaken, freshly ground at home (of course ). Picked by natives of an un-industrialized nation, atop rolling hills overlooking a serene picturesque valley.
- Then a cup of green tea before bedtime, for its antioxidant properties. ☺
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2009
4:58 PM

Post #5973305

LilliMerci,
I know you know your coffee if you are Vietnamese. What a delicacy! Probably best to have it out, though. It is very sweet.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2009
5:03 PM

Post #5973332

Plain old coffee, with just milk. That'll do me just fine. :)

(Although I never miss Cafe du Monde when I'm in N.O.! Thanks for the memory, Fleurs!)
Deb
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2009
5:35 PM

Post #5973498

The chicory is strong, so with the right amount of condense milk, it's not too bad - creamy, but very fattening. I wouldn't drink it everyday. But people in Vietnam drinks that stuff everyday and most everyone are skinny there!
kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2009
5:39 PM

Post #5973521

I can't stand coffee, have always hated it even though my three sisters all drank it from being quite young. I hate the smell of it. A favourite bookstore used to have a cafe downstairs and I had to stop going as it made me nauseous!
I absolutely love tea, the regular black tea that almost all British people drink all day. It's very much an institution here. If you visit anyone here the first thing they'll do is offer to put the kettle on for tea :)
I occasionally have hot chocolate but would prefer malted milk, Horlicks as we call it here. So nice at bedtime!
When I lived in Maine I was very much the odd one out!
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

January 6, 2009
7:17 PM

Post #5973999

I don't drink hot drinks. Drinking coffee was never something I saw anyone in my family do. I did have an art teacher who always had a black cup of it steaming on his desk and I could always smell it. Always did think the smell offensive---blah! But the more modern doctored up versions of beans you smell taking up one whole aisle of the grocery store now---some of those do smell good. But no, still no hot drinks here. Used to do cocoa OFTEN in the winter months up north but since moving south I don't find I ever drink it anymore.

Herbal teas on a rare occassion or for medicinal use.
ic_conifers
Iowa City, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2009
7:28 PM

Post #5974067

I love strong espresso drinks with flavorings added. A place near work makes the best but at nearly $6 a beverage, I only visit a few times a month. I drink "work coffee" all day, usually have 2-3 cups a day, plus herbal and green teas.

I enjoy making hot cider and mulled wine at home.

Mmmmm...I'm a hot drink junkie. If I drink anything with caff in it after 3 pm-ish, I'm a jittery mess and stay awake until 2 a.m.!

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 6, 2009
7:39 PM

Post #5974115

Just say no to "mixes" - like my Cocoa straight up - homemade...the stronger the better...LOL
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2009
7:57 PM

Post #5974190

Tea , Tea, and Tea
I mostly drink herbal (mint) from my own garden, however I also like green tea with a bit of flavor and honey.
English breakfast, with a good Scottish shortbread.
Thai chai with milk and honey.
My guys love coffee ,I like the smell but not the taste.
dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2009
8:25 PM

Post #5974291

Herbal teas of several varieties. While I drink more coffee, it isn't my favorite.
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

January 6, 2009
10:37 PM

Post #5974801

Regular coffee (Maxwell house) ,milk and sugar.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2009
11:17 PM

Post #5974910

Herbal/fruit teas, mostly from Celestial Seasonings... blackberry, raspberry, cranberry
bubba1
Woodward, OK
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #5975151

I clicked on flavored coffee 'cause I like the Columbian blend. I know its not a "flavor", but its not plain ole coffee either.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2009
12:42 AM

Post #5975250

Good ole plain coffee black in the morning for me. Now, if I am going to have some in the evening I like a flavored one...mocha or any type of vanilla or with a shot of Khalua in it. :0)
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2009
1:33 AM

Post #5975425

I had to vote other since I adore hot beverages all day long. Have to start with bold Komodo Dragon coffee with no sugar or cream. Then it is time throughout the day to drink Ice Tea from plain old Lipton family bags brewed on top of the stove. Late afternoon is time for green tea on into the evening hours. My favorites I just pick up in any good Chinese restaurant wherever I happened to see one.
redheadedwonder11
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 7, 2009
2:51 AM

Post #5975693

I picked other because I like hot chocolate, tea (herbal and otherwise), and hot apple cider equally well! I guess it just depends what my mood is.
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2009
1:42 PM

Post #5976573

Coffee, freshly ground, black. Caribou's Obsidian is my favorite...Mmmmmmmm. Sipping some right now! :) I sometimes like using flavored creamers for something different, but black coffee is my usual choice.
daylilydreams
small town, MN
(Zone 4b)

January 7, 2009
4:17 PM

Post #5977194

For a special treat I love brewing a pot of hazelnut creme coffee the smell is wonderful before you even have that first cup.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2009
4:25 PM

Post #5977235

Give me a skim milk latté, please. That's my favourite. But not with flavouring; so I voted "other". A DO like a bit of Irish cream flavouring in a coffee though, but mix it with regular for my daily cup.
woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2009
5:15 PM

Post #5977444

Homemade espresso from freshly ground beans topped with frothed fresh goat's milk. YUM! Regular milk mixed with a little half-and-half will do, but goat's milk is best. Preferably from a Nubian goat. Uh, yeah, I voted "other." :-)
phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2009
5:25 PM

Post #5977493

Woofie--That is a definate "other"! Would never expect goat's milk...lol
ic_conifers
Iowa City, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2009
5:42 PM

Post #5977542

I love goat's milk ice cream but have never tried the regular milk in coffee! I love all kinds of goat milk cheeses, will have to try the regular milk in my coffee the next time I'm at the whole foods store and can purchase some. Thanks for the tip!!
Amber_lee
Seminole, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 7, 2009
5:45 PM

Post #5977553

I voted hot chocolate, the mixes, the vanilla flavored hot chocolate is very good. I only drink hot beverages when I am cold. DH made me some vanilla flavored hc last night and added coffee creamer, it was very good.

The smell of coffee is good but if I drink it (again if it is cold, LOL) I have to mask the taste with creamer and sugar.
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 7, 2009
6:28 PM

Post #5977689

I suppose I can include Teecino in the Other category as well.
http://www.teeccino.com/

It has the same texture and viscosity as coffee, but is healthier. It can be used in a drip coffee maker or expresso machine. Makes great cappucinos and lattes. I like the Almond Amaretto flavour the best.

Coffee used to be one of my hobbies. I would buy green coffee beans, roast them in my stove top coffee roaster, and then grind freshly before brewing. I would joke that some folks had blood in their veins, I had coffee in mine. Not a sustainable practice for good health. I do still drink coffee occasionally, but not daily. And now that I'm not on a daily dose of it, I can really feel how it dries me out. So if I'm going to have some, I'm going to have the best coffee available and really savour it as a treat.
fauna4flora
West Palm Beach, FL

January 7, 2009
9:23 PM

Post #5978368

Well, I love fancy coffee, but I don't drink it hot! So I voted for I don't drink hot drinks. I'm a venti iced mocha lover. I usually buy Starbucks beans, but I brew it myself. This thread reminds me something someone on another chat forum once said when the talk was getting a little heated..."Whoa, folks, dial back on the Starbucks!"
Pamgarden
Central, VA
(Zone 7b)

January 7, 2009
9:56 PM

Post #5978512

I was surprised to see the relatively low percentage of tea drinkers. I love freshly-brewed Darjeeling and Earl Grey from Republic of Tea. I like to say, "It's expensive but I'm worth it!"
WillowWasp
Jones Creek, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2009
10:08 PM

Post #5978574

Coffee black and not to strong.No cream or sugar to mess up the wonderful taste and aroma...Maybe a donut stick on the side...now sit back in my easy chair with my lap top and pull up "Daves"...now thats a wonderful morning.
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2009
10:21 PM

Post #5978633

I put black coffee, but come to think of it I drink a lot of iced tea, usually with a slice of lemon. It was a sad day for me when the fast food restaurants quit giving out fresh lemon with their iced tea. A few give out those little pouches of lemon juice, but it isn't the same. I try to buy my iced tea where they have lemon.
The very best iced tea I have ever tasted is the Republic of Tea's Ginger Peach.
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 7, 2009
10:22 PM

Post #5978641

Pam, I think you'll find many tea drinkers chose the Other category as the "tea or green tea" option did not adequately express how we drink tea.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

January 7, 2009
10:54 PM

Post #5978753

I like flavored coffee with milk and sweetener. I also like flavored black, green, or white tea with milk and sweetener. DH makes the coffee. He likes it weak. I could stand it a little stronger.

This message was edited Jan 8, 2009 12:47 PM
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 8, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #5979112

I have a cup of decaf in the AM with Stevia and a teaspoon of hazelnut international. After lunch a cup of Good Earth Original tea. And I love 16 oz Lattes with hazelnut or butter rum. Used to have them almost everyday but have cut down to only a couple a month. Always decaf.
hopflower
Santa Rosa, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2009
1:44 AM

Post #5979427

Raised on good, strong tea with milk and sugar; of course. Nothing better for you or to drink!
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2009
2:31 AM

Post #5979637


I have coffee with my cream and sugar
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 8, 2009
2:53 AM

Post #5979762

During the winter, we fix "hot cocoa with a kick".. Swiss Miss instant cocoa with a little bit of a choc liqueur called Hot Sex in it.. great to have while sitting wrapped up in a blanket in front of the TV.

I used to work with a lady who was originally from England and her mom would send her a goodie box that included teas and "biscuits". So every afternoon, we'd take a small break and feast on a hot cup of her wonderful English tea (which I drink as my parents did- cream and sugar added!) and whatever treats we brought. That was heaven until she left our workplace, darn her LOL...we were spoiled! I believe it might have been an Earl Grey, but definitely different than what we find here in the States! It was the best!

Have never drunk coffee..can't stand the taste. My caffeine in the morning is a can of Pepsi :)
rosethyme
Denton, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2009
2:46 PM

Post #5981070

Always iced tea 24/7. Half cup plain black coffee in the morning. Still looking for the perfect whole coffee bean...always trying different kinds. Hawaiian Kona was good.
Cup of Oolong hot tea every now and then.
My favorite tea bags are the Walmart family sized.
Cordeledawg
Cordele, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2009
4:03 PM

Post #5981323

My favorite hot beverage is the International Coffee brand Cafe Francis. However, neither of the two grocery stores in town have it on their shelves any longer. Both haven't stocked it in 3 months now. I'm thinking I may have accidentally prayed or wished it way after praying for ways to cut our expenses. At $3 a can, I got my wish to save money and now I'm back to plain ol' Folgers. Careful what you wish for :(
LAKelley2
Titusville, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 8, 2009
4:56 PM

Post #5981580

I'm with crickets... I have coffee with my cream and sugar... or my new favorite Peppermint Mocha creamer (seasonal, darn it!).
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

January 8, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #5981709

Coffee is BIG here in Portland, Oregon and the very best is Stumptown. Strong & hot with 1/2 & 1/2 and a little sugar. The aroma alone makes me happy! I tried changing to tea and sometimes that works but nothing can take the place of good coffee.
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2009
6:14 PM

Post #5981897

No coffee here a cold pepsi morning noon and nite fact is all day. Family say I'am a pepsi alcoholic!!!! After 63 years it's too late late to change,Ive tried it YUC!!
rosethyme
Denton, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2009
7:10 PM

Post #5982086

Portland, Stumptown Coffee sounds like it would really be good...like mine just black with a good medium flavor. Any mail order source to buy some?
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2009
7:13 PM

Post #5982096

occasionally, I like to have Irish Creme flavored coffee. So far, I've only found a good Irish Creme from mail order Gevalia. Harry's (which is now owned by Whole Foods) does not carry the Irish Creme anymore.
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

January 8, 2009
8:22 PM

Post #5982315

Rosethyme you could try googling Stumptown and see if you can order it. It truly is the best coffee I have had with the exception of the espresso in Sienna, Italia!
sadie_mae
Central, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2009
9:15 PM

Post #5982476

plain coffee with lots of 1% milk & sugar!
rosethyme
Denton, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2009
9:19 PM

Post #5982488

Portland, I will try to find it. I have been wondering where would be some good mail order coffee beans. Probably be better than the gourment stuff in the grocery store.
Nan
SW, WI
(Zone 4b)

January 8, 2009
9:39 PM

Post #5982548

I've become a coffee connoisseur...the major brand names have been very disappointing lately, and I'm beginning to wonder if they're really even coffee at all!

I LOVE Berres Brothers whole bean coffee...I grind it at home.
My favorite is their 'Columbian Supremo'...it's very dark and rich.

The first time I tried it I had to find some, and was happy to see that it is from a company right here in Wisconsin!
They do online sales, too, if anyone is interested. Just google Berres Brothers Coffee.

It's kind of expensive, but I grind it fine and therefore use less.
It's my 'guilty pleasure'!

I use coffee mate...which I know is 'bad' for me...but I do use the 'lite' form.
rosethyme
Denton, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2009
9:41 PM

Post #5982555

Anyone ordered any of the Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee? Very expensive and wonder if it is worth it?
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

January 8, 2009
9:48 PM

Post #5982574

Nan - it's good to use local products like your favorite coffee that is from your own state. Avoids all the fuel consumption, etc of transport. Stumptown is from Portland so for me it is ideal. The only drawback to Stump is their bags are plastic lined and cannot be put in the recycle trash here. I try to remember to take my own container but usually forget... :)
rosethyme
Denton, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2009
9:52 PM

Post #5982594

Portland, here is a website that has Stumptown. There are so many to choose from...any recommendations?


http://buystumptowncoffee.com/coffees
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

January 8, 2009
10:26 PM

Post #5982704

I always get the house blend. I grind it myself and I don't buy large quantities because I can walk down the street a few blocks with my dog and get more! But I guess if you are ordering online you would want to buy in quantity. I have not tried all the kinds since I love the house blend. I hope you like it as much as people in Portland do!
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2009
11:02 PM

Post #5982819

Oh, and my church was selling some for a fundraiser for a mission trip, it is really good. Cafe Oro. It comes in individual package of 5-6 cups and it's perfect for me because I'm the only one in my family who drinks coffee, so I only make 2 cups a day. It's a very dark coffee but smooth, not bitter at all.
rosethyme
Denton, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2009
11:12 PM

Post #5982848

Thanks, Portland. I will get the house blend.
Lilimerci, that Cafe Oro sounds good too.
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2009
11:18 PM

Post #5982869

I haven't seen anyone mention Splenda as a sugar substitute. Although I use Splenda with ice tea and nothing sweet with hot drinks, are people still using sugar? I haven't used real sugar even in baking for several years.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 8, 2009
11:28 PM

Post #5982910

rosethyme I've had Jamacian Blue Mountain coffee and it is to die for IMHO. A little steep for me though.
rosethyme
Denton, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2009
11:50 PM

Post #5983015

Dalianut, I hope to try it. It is so terribly expensive though.
phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

January 9, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #5983048

That isn't the coffee that's been digested by a sloth--or some similar tropical animal...is it? Can't remember which animal it is.
rosethyme
Denton, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 9, 2009
12:37 AM

Post #5983179

Digested by an animal? Yuk!
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2009
12:54 AM

Post #5983255

Had to go with other--favorite decadent treat, some exotic coffee concoction with lots of caramel, but can't-live-without-a-daily-dose has to be coffee. Just plain coffee--but lots of it! I've gotten addicted to the fresh-roasted coffee provided by one of the vendors at my local farmers' market. Pricey, but SO worth it!
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 9, 2009
1:44 AM

Post #5983422

I went with the flavored fancy coffee, I buy from Gevalia and usually get a bag of regular and a bag of some sort of flavored, so far I like Cinnamon the best. I also Love Starbucks fancy dancy coffees, such as white chocolate mocha or caramel frappuccino, but because of the calorie count I don't buy those very often, but I could drink at least one a day.
woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2009
3:17 AM

Post #5983765

I had Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee once several years ago and oh my it was good!
No, that's not the stuff that's preprocessed through a critter; that's called Kopi Luwak and the coffee berries are collected after passing through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet. How yummy.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2009
3:19 AM

Post #5983774

Iced tea, year round. Used to drink a gallon a day, had to give it up for health reasons (caffeine). Now I use one tea bag a day, and still miss it the rest of the day.
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

January 9, 2009
3:49 AM

Post #5983888

Splenda molecules are bonded with chlorine molecules and as a result is becoming questionable for human consumption. Info I got from a research biologist a few years ago.
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2009
5:25 AM

Post #5984148

I use good ol' fashion sugar! I know it's "fattening" but I like it. Sometime I use that sugar in the brown packet. It comes from Hawaii or something? I usually use those when I have a Starbucks latte. Mmmm!

I like hot chocolate too, especially with marshmallows and whip cream and chocolate shavings. William-Sonoma gives out their little hot chocolate for a donation around Xmas and it's good. I don't make it at home because their hot chocolate has to be made with hot milk and that's just too much work for me.
NisiNJ
Bordentown, NJ
(Zone 7a)

January 9, 2009
5:26 AM

Post #5984153

Favorite flavor of coffee is spice or pumpkin spice--from October through December. It puts me in the seasonal mood for all those holidays. After the new year (like now) it's refreshing to get back to plain, strong, coffee with milk and sugar.

Edited to respond to LiliMerci's post.

I also love hot cocoa made with milk but don't want to heat the milk. I use the microwave to heat a tiny bit of water in a mug, add the (Swiss Miss) powder and stir. The hot water will dissolve the powder. Then I fill the mug to the top with milk and put it back in the microwave. Hate to wash out pots that had hot milk!

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This message was edited Jan 9, 2009 1:33 AM
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

January 9, 2009
6:22 AM

Post #5984197

Have you ever made marshmallows? It's really easy and they taste sooooo much better than the ones you buy. Put a few of those in hot chocolate and stir with a cinnamon stick and mmmmm. Did you know that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and helps regulate blood sugar? You can also put 1/2 of a cinn stick in the pot when you make coffee.
Jianhua
Shangshui, Henan
China
(Zone 7b)

January 9, 2009
11:13 AM

Post #5984338

Green tea
Like most of us Chinese, I prefer green tea.
Actually my age of drinking tea is over 20 years.
And now occasionally I drink an herb tea
made up of button mum flower-head, honeysuckle flower and goji seed.
The tea is used to quench a person's accumulated heatness inside.
Nan
SW, WI
(Zone 4b)

January 9, 2009
1:57 PM

Post #5984608

Ugh...Splenda makes me TERRIBLY ill!!
I've written to a couple of companies that use it in their products, and they basically said 'tough luck'.
I figured if they weren't told it made some people ill, they wouldn't know...so I didn't hesitate to tell them.
I researched a little bit on the internet, and apparently it has the same effect on many people.
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2009
2:09 PM

Post #5984634

For the SwissMiss hot chocolate, I do heat hot water in microwave or I just run it through the cofee machine w/o coffee, but the fancy hot chocolate, you are supposed to make it with hot milk and like you, I don't like to wash milk off of pots.
cowboydj
Rosenberg, TX

January 9, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #5984661

Sorry guys but, I need help; drink Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer Tea. Hot or cold, it's yummy. I used over a half box during Christmas week with all the "commotion". And, yes, with Splenda. I love that stuff!!! Happy sipping!
ic_conifers
Iowa City, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2009
2:54 PM

Post #5984785

I used to use Splenda in everything for several years. I really noticed the difference in taste and it was so expensive ($6+ a bag in my area). One day we ran out and I did not buy more. Hubby and I are both on the "robust" side physically, but neither of us have seen any weight gain as a result of going to regular sugar. Not actually regular sugar, I buy the organic free trade stuff. We have not had a bag of Splenda in our house in probably six months and I don't miss it.
Nan
SW, WI
(Zone 4b)

January 9, 2009
4:25 PM

Post #5985173

coboydj...what's the 'flavor' of that tea?
If you like it that much hot or cold...it must be good!!
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 10, 2009
12:54 AM

Post #5986867

Tough choice!

I guess I have to go with tea, because overall I think it's my favorite. I make it less often than coffee, but I enjoy it more. And I also like aaaalllll kinds of coffee--black, flavored, with flavored creamers, you name it. Love espresso and most kinds of coffeehouse coffee. My Starbucks poison of choice is a skim caramel macchiato with a dollop of whipped cream. ;)

synda

synda
Carrollton, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 10, 2009
2:58 AM

Post #5987317

We love Folgers or Maxwell house French Roast.Cream & lil bit sugar.But if you want to spice it up a bit put a teaspoon of Nestles quik in.Yum...The French Roast has a nutty flavor.

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JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 10, 2009
4:40 PM

Post #5989016

I drink straight-up, black, rot-gut cheap Cafe El Cafetal for $1.89 a brick and don't really see much difference in it over the more expensive coffee. To that, I add a shot of "Stoks" caffeine booster so that I can get a move on in the morning. Could that be why my hands shake all day long? LOL

Jeremy
ezgroonly
Fountaintown, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 10, 2009
5:42 PM

Post #5989314

Man! What a bunch of coffee junkies you are...but yesterfday, for the very first time, I bought a 16 oz. cup of French Vanilla coffee at Gas America. It was YUM! I may have to go back for another today.

I drink tea more often at home, but that doesn't mean it's my favorite...just a more convenient hot drink.

With snow on our Indianapolis-area garden, I'm off to Gas America, right across from the library, where I have to return things today... good excuse for F V coffee!

I'm ready for spring!!!

Carol (ezgroonly)

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

January 10, 2009
10:51 PM

Post #5990206

I love tea!! I usually brew a pot in the morning. Sometimes, if I need a cup in a hurry I'll use a Lipton tea bag and a mug of water in the microwave while I'm waiting for the pot. I have 12 different types of loose black tea from Grace Tea, and one gunpowder pearl green. Sometimes I'll add a bit of sugar. I drink hot tea every morning all year long and iced tea during the summer. I usually carry a couple of tea bags in my purse in case of an emergency... I must go now. I need a cup of tea.
ic_conifers
Iowa City, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 11, 2009
2:51 AM

Post #5991042

Has anyone tried the blooming tea flowers? They look so beautiful, but I have not purchased them (mainly because I don't have a glass teapot) and I wonder if the resulting tea is as good as the flower looks.
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2009
4:38 AM

Post #5991439

I'm usually a black coffee drinker--at home I brew Seattle's Best Henry's Blend most of the time. If I go to Starbucks I have to order a froufrou drink since their black coffee is so burnt and bitter tasting.

I'm a hot tea fiend in the fall and winter. Stash White Christmas (white tea,mint and ginger) and Bigelow Apple Cider are a couple of favorites--usually with just a tsp. of sugar.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 11, 2009
3:55 PM

Post #5992322

I usually drink my coffee strong and black. I mix regular and decaf grinds together. It's cheaper than pre-mixed and this way I always have some decaf on hand for guests. I put two shakes of ground cinnamon in the grinds before brewing.

Occasionally in the evening I'll enjoy a cup with cream & sugar. Through the holidays, I end up using left over whipped cream or eggnog as coffee creamer.

I buy flavored coffee at the Holidays, Pumpkin Spice. Even then, I'll mix about a third flavored coffee to the grinds for a full pot. I find most flavored coffees overpower the basic coffee flavor.

When visiting Starbucks for garden grinds, I might enjoy a cinnamon latte, but most often will have plain iced coffee with milk & sugar.

I love freshly brewed iced tea with mint or English hot tea with milk & sugar, but just find black & green teas too dehydrating for other than an occasional treat.
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 11, 2009
6:40 PM

Post #5993000

When I need a super boost to get through the afternoon, I make my own iced vanilla latte (and I like my homemade version better than the Starbucks offering):

About a cup of left over cold, black, strong espresso coffee from the morning brew
A heaping helping of sugar (2 or 3 tablespoons)
A heavy splash of half & half
A scoop or two of all-natural vanilla ice cream
Stir until the ice cream is melted
Pour into about a 20 oz or more insulated cup
Cram in as much ice as possible, and sip through a straw for best enjoyment

It keeps me full of energy for even the worst drudgery, but the trouble is, I usually can't get to sleep until about 4 AM while I wait with tap dancing jitters for the caffeine and sugar rush to wear off.

Jeremy
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 11, 2009
7:14 PM

Post #5993110

Regular coffee for me, with a little milk. I also like chamomile tea.

We get the Great Value coffee at Walmart. I'ts always been our favorite and is just six dollars and change for the large can.
Mainecoon
Shepherd, MT

January 11, 2009
11:57 PM

Post #5994040

I voted other drink everything but coffee never did like the taste of it and don't like the smell
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2009
12:57 AM

Post #5994347

We have a Maxwell House coffee manufacturing facility in Jacksonville. I worked for the city Air Pollution Control office for about a decade (my only "real" job in my lifetime). We would sometimes get air pollution complaints about objectionable odors from the coffee roasting process. It always smelled good to me, but i can see why some people would not want to be subjected to coffee aroma 24/7 in the ambient air.

Jeremy
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 12, 2009
2:11 AM

Post #5994591

Jax, That's quite a concoction. I don't drink the really sweet brews, but have fun making them for guests. I've used ice cream, but never with that much sugar.

Pollyk, Does the great value coffee come in Decaf?
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

January 12, 2009
4:03 AM

Post #5994905

HERBLA TEAS FROM MY GARDEN AND COFFEE DARK AND STRONG
...depends on moods and needs...
:Darren
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2009
4:37 AM

Post #5995011

Quoting:Has anyone tried the blooming tea flowers? They look so beautiful, but I have not purchased them (mainly because I don't have a glass teapot) and I wonder if the resulting tea is as good as the flower looks.


I've tried them. Maybe I got a bad one, but the tea that resulted from mine was very, very weak. I followed all the tea flower-maker's directions, but all I got was some greenish water. I do love the glass teapot that came with my tea flower, though. It has a strainer that's perfect for loose-leaf teas and herbs.
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2009
5:14 AM

Post #5995105

I haven't tried them but I checked out a brand offered at QVC and the tea didn't sound like it was one I'd like--different blooms but the tea was all the same worked into each blossom (all handsewn together). Beautiful effect but I have to like the tea:lol:
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

January 12, 2009
5:48 AM

Post #5995208

Fresh flowers have less flavor than dried, that could be the issue there...i do nopt know the product blooming suggests live if not less dried>?
:D
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2009
6:16 AM

Post #5995230

They're dried buds, petals and tea leaves sew into "blossoms" that "bloom" when they open in the hot water poured over them in a tea pot usually clear glass. I want to say that green tea is what was used. I suppose that you would want a lighter colored tea so that you could see the flower open clearly.
bgrumbin
Barstow, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 12, 2009
7:44 AM

Post #5995298

I voted that I don't drink hot beverages because it's been "almost" true for the past several years. Maybe one cup of coffee this past year, another the year before, maybe two the year before that :). But I "used to" favor a strongly flavored blend of Indonesian and Colombian coffees, brewed from the ground beans as close to swallowing time as practical, with just a trace of sugar per cupful. Yummy :) A combination of things has me sticking to cold colas these days including some concern that the much heavier dose of caffeine in my favorite coffees (I wouldn't consider decaf even on a dare as I find it flavorless) gets my post- first- coronary (2005) heart constricted to an uncomfortable degree. Just being cautious and recognizing that I don't like coffee all *that* much to take the risk.
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 12, 2009
2:11 PM

Post #5995717

decaf - YUCK! In a desperate situation, I would drink half-decaf and half-cafeinated...
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2009
4:00 AM

Post #5999349

I once worked at a convenience store in the early morning work rush and had to keep 4-6 pots of coffee going from 4 am-10 am. I had, for whatever reason-can't remember, decided to drink decaf for a while. My little pot of decaf would get cooked to death on those commercial Bunn coffee burners and become undrinkable. I then decided to put decaf in all the pots and no one noticed:lol: I only did it for about a month until I was over my decaf stage but I remember snickering on the inside each time some early morning customer told me how much they needed their caffeine fix. I was just thinking "Yup, and you still do!"
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2009
4:26 AM

Post #5999418

That's TOO funny, dmac! I recently saw an experiment with a group of about 20 college kids in a staged setting to resemble a bar. They were offered free beer, all they could drink. As they continued to drink, they showed signs of slurred speech and other effects of alcohol. Turns out only 2 of the students were actually served beer with alcohol. The others had beer flavored drink with no alcohol. It is funny what our minds can do to influence our behavior when we have reason to believe that a familiar action will lead to the expected results.

I think I would have noticed the lack of caffeine in your morning coffee service. I can usually tell when a waiter has made a mistake when I order regular coffee and get decaffeinated or vice versa. I tried to give up caffeine once without tapering off. I had the worst headaches I've ever experienced and was so irritable all the time that I thought I might lose my job if I didn't go back to the fully loaded morning brew.

Jeremy
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 13, 2009
4:18 PM

Post #6000589

dmac you're naughty :-) I think I would notice if I missed the caffeine hit in the morning.
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2009
11:54 PM

Post #6002311

=) I was about 18 and wasn't quite the coffee nut I am now--and I suppose I was a stinker:lol: I was really surprised no one could tell--maybe they just couldn't put their finger on what was "off" stemming from their caffeine deficiency:)
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 14, 2009
12:28 AM

Post #6002476

They probably didn't taste the difference - just got the headache later.

I have the opposite of your story. Caffeine does a number on me. Now, I can have a cup in the morning, but that's it. More, and my heart is galloping, and I'm twittering all over the place. Later in the day, and I can forget about sleep. One Thanksgiving, early in our marriage, we arrived at our relatives after a 9 hour drive, and I was offered some coffee. It was about 7 PM and I asked if it was decaf. My FIL assured me it was. So I had a cup. There was no sleep for me that night. I finally drug myself out of bed after breakfast, and commented that if I didn't know differently, I would have sworn I had drunk regular coffee. That was the effect. MIL asked me why I thought I had decaf. Well. because FIL said so. I quickly learned that FIL didn't believe that caffeine bothered anyone, since it didn't bother him - that it was all in our little minds. And therefore, if I didn't know, it wouldn't bother me. I spent one miserable, exhausting day, and I never trusted my FIL again.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 14, 2009
1:34 AM

Post #6002745

What a koinkidink ceejay. Me too. Once I get my morning jump start I have to stop otherwise I'm bouncing off the walls like Ricochete Rabbit. But I can drink tea like water and supposedly it has more caffeine. I know. Funky weirdness.
Nan
SW, WI
(Zone 4b)

January 15, 2009
4:57 AM

Post #6007382

Is it just me, or doesn't it seem that even decaf seems to have SOME caffeine in it?
Seems that way to me, anyways!

I forgot to mention a favorite tea of mine (and I really don't drink tea that often) Bigelow has a 'Mint Medley' tea that is REALLY good - peppermint/spearmint blend.
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2009
8:11 PM

Post #6013425

tea vs coffee http://amos.indiana.edu/library/scripts/teavscoffee.html Caffeine in a cup of coffee is still higher than a cup of tea, but it could be the theobromine in tea, which has a similar effect to caffeine.

caffeine in decaf coffee http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/10/061012185602.htm Yes, Nan, decaf still contains some caffeine.

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