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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :-)
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
uh oh, now I'm gonna need to stop at my Starbucks today...hee hee hee
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. ☺
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!
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!
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.
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.!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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." :-)
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!!
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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 :(
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.
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.
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.
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... :)
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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. ;)
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
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 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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!"
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.
=) 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:)
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.
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.