Jump to content
  • Welcome to the eG Forums, a service of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters. The Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the culinary arts. These advertising-free forums are provided free of charge through donations from Society members. Anyone may read the forums, but to post you must create an account.

Sign in to follow this  
Betts

Tea vs coffee drinkers

Recommended Posts

Do you think that the people who get so wrapped up in their espresso can taste the nuances of great tea? Or do you think that the two beverages appeal to entirely different personalities? Can you truly love tea and also be passionate about coffee?

I'm of the tea persuasion.

Betts

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love tea, drink it everyday all day, but I also like my daily espresso.

I swing both ways :biggrin: Beveragewise that is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With proper exposure to quality fresh tea and the right preparation techniques, I suspect I could become a convert but the intensity of a good espresso would still keep pulling me back in....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This seems similar to the Beatles or Rolling Stones question. I'm a fan of both. Same goes for coffee and tea.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
This seems similar to the Beatles or Rolling Stones question.

Soooo.... which one is the bright, happy, dreamy and mystical pop oriented beverage and which one draws its strength from the dark side?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd probably only drink coffee but I'm trying to drink tea also because of the purported health benefits. Of course I've probably never had good tea; similarly to most of the coffee I've drunk in my life that has been mediocre to (mostly) abominable; so I've thought of both of them as something I endure because they're both a caffeine delivery system rather than something that I consume for the taste or enjoyment thereof.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tea... although not religiously--only when the need for a warm drink presents itself.

Owen, have we taken an official position on Hot Chocolate here yet? Hot Cider? Or do you have to duke that out with Jason and his "Soft Drinks", which does apparently include Juices at a minimum? :biggrin:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i drink both, however coffee has an advantage for me-i can drink it on an empty stomach. bonus points to the one who can clue me to the chemical in tea that makes me sick at my stomach!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tea only. With breakfast, with snacks, with "afternoon tea," after dinner.

Oddly, the only coffee I can stand to drink is Taster's Choice instant, which makes me no coffee-drinker.

Luckily I married another tea-drinker who, even more coffee-averse than me, cannot even stand the smell of coffee. We have no coffee or coffee-maker in then house. My husband's parents have been known to leave our house for Starbucks and return after they have their coffee fix.

I'm sure people can love both tea and coffee. It's a bit like cat-people and dog-people, right?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm in the both tea and coffee camp. Lately, its been tea in the morning at home and coffee in the afternoon, out. Its a lot easier to find good coffee away from home even here in DC, which has several excellent tea houses. Tea is easier on my system, but the caffeine in it stays with me longer.

I do love a good cup of hot cider on a cold day, especially outside -- but it does nothing for my caffeine addiction.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
This seems similar to the Beatles or Rolling Stones question.

Soooo.... which one is the bright, happy, dreamy and mystical pop oriented beverage and which one draws its strength from the dark side?

The Beatles are definitely tea; The Stones are coffee - black, no sugar.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I drink both tea and coffee and enjoy both-

Yes, it is definitely possible to develop a discriminating pallette for tea.

There are many varieties of tea-oolong/green/black or red tea/white/pu-erh tea/scented/herbal

I have been drinking tea for the past 2 years and have broaden my knowledge base as well as my taste buds-

so many countries and types to choose from-

if any one would like some suggestions on on to begin your tea experience-

bibliography, online wbsites-etc

i would be happy to share my knowlege-

just ask

Joanne

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For bibliography, I'd point you to the writing of J. Norwood Pratt... the Tea Lover's Treasury came out a year or two ago in a new second edition (I've only got the first ed myself, and it was good... the 2nd is New & Improved, or so they say...) Available here... don't know if it is general distribution... Amazon doesn't seem to carry it.

Good guide to tea and the stories and history behind it. Were they still doing it, I'd suggest subscribing to Adagio Teas Tea Horizons tea-of-the-month club... they used to send around a wonderful variety of really rare and unusual teas every month... they sent about 5 oz per month, one each of five different teas.

They discontinued the club a year or so ago... don't know if they've restarted it. I'd certainly go in for something like that again if somebody out there were doing it.

PS: I'm a coffee-home-roasting espresso fiend too... I see no fundamental clash in liking both tea and coffee... I just gravitiate to opposite extremes... I love light oolongs, pouchongs and white teas... the only coffee I drink regularly is espresso.


Edited by cdh (log)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I drink both, but primarily tea, I find more relaxing. I do get this coffee

called Passion Cafe. It's organic, and they have unusual flavors, licorice,

hot spice, my favorite is called the Napoleon Blend, chocolate and

lavender, and I DO think it's an aphrodisiac! Best coffee I've ever had.

If anyone is interested I have the owners phone number. He sent me 6

bags of different flavored beans. No wonder I'm on the web so late. :laugh:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I enjoy both. Coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. I usually have drip coffee and tea-bag tea on weekdays but on weekends I try to brew different varieties of loose-leaf tea. Good coffee machines / grinder require too much of an investment for me to try something fancy at home with coffee other than a bodum french press.

Last week I was in Chinatown in San Francisco with my wife and decided to visit the Imperial Tea Court (Broadway & Powell) We sampled a fine oolong tea prepared in the gongfu style. The best tea I have ever had! From there we headed to Cafe Greco (Columbus & Vallejo) which is just a 3 minute walk from the Imperial Tea Court. Excellent cappuccino made with illy beans. It was pretty amazing that one could taste best of both these beverages within blocks of each other.

--rajesh.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am more of a coffee drinker but I do enjoy both. It really depends on my mood and what else I am eating/snacking on.

I can not drink coffee after about 3:00 in the afternoon or it makes me dizzy and nauseous.

I drink a wide variety of types as well, yesterday I had some chai (with cardamom, cinnamon nad cloves), I started this morning with some genmai-cha and am about to go heat up the espresso machine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I enjoy both.

I like the smell of my Cafe du Monde (with a dash of cinnamon added to the grounds) brewing away in the morning and my Vanilla Almond tea steeping away at my desk as soon as I sit down in the mornings.

My day gets all outta whack if I can't have both. :rolleyes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I drink both. Actually, I am a fiend for any hot beverage.

I rarely drink coffee at home because Rachel hates coffee and it only gets prepared if I -really- want it and am committed to drinking an entire pot (or want ice coffee for later) or if guests are over and we can prepare an entire pot. Otherwise, we drink tea at home. In winter months we brew at least a pot or two a day. In the cases when I am consulting or working away from home and I am at someone else's office, I drink coffee.

At restaurants or when we are out, I drink coffee and espresso. When we're at Barnes and Noble and if they have one of those cafes, I like a good hot caramel cider or a hot chocolate. At asian restaurants I drink tea, copiously.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Do you think that the people who get so wrapped up in their espresso can taste the nuances of great tea? Or do you think that the two beverages appeal to entirely different personalities? Can you truly love tea and also be passionate about coffee?

I'm of the tea persuasion.

Betts

I think that is like saying people who are passionate red wine can discern the differences in a white wine.

I also think that taste is subjective. I keep going to wine tastings where I realize a lot of folks taste things differently than I do. It doesn't mean that I'm right or they are, just that a human beings' taste buds differ.

I like real liquids - in that, I mean, I drink a lot of wine, coffee, tea, juice, and milk. I don't drink sodas or other soft drinks. At any given time, in my house, you will find several dozen types of tea, at least half-a-dozen different kinds of coffee, and hundreds of bottles of wine.

But I don't believe that coffee "kills" taste buds and precludes one from being able to experience a great tea.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
i drink both, however coffee has an advantage for me-i can drink it on an empty stomach. bonus points to the one who can clue me to the chemical in tea that makes me sick at my stomach!

I have found the same thing and usually I have a cast iron stomach. Tea on an empty stomach though will invariably leave me queasy... I wonder if it is just a case of getting used to it.

Any big tea drinkers have problem drinking tea on an empty stomach?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

tea with cream, or plain tea?

when i've got tummy issues tea and toast are old standbys. (usually with cream).

if i've got congestion issues it's tea with lemon.

i've never noticed any nausea one way or the other, but i have also been raised with tea from when i was a kid.

black coffee on the other hand, will give me agita in a heartbeat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I rarely drink coffee at home because Rachel hates coffee and it only gets prepared if I -really- want it and am committed to drinking an entire pot....

Jason, why don't you get one of those small two-cup presspots or, even cooler, a three-cup vacuum brewer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Content

    • By Kasia
      INSTEAD OF COFFEE? - MORNING GREEN COCKTAIL
       
      After waking up, most of us head towards the kitchen for the most welcome morning drink. Coffee opens our eyes, gets us up and motivates us to act. Today I would like to offer you a healthy alternative to daily morning coffee. I don't want to turn you off coffee completely. After all, it has an excellent aroma and fantastic flavor. There isn't anything more relaxing during a busy day than a coffee break with friends.

      In spite of the weather outside, change your kitchen for a while and try something new. My green cocktail is also an excellent way to wake up and restore energy. Add to it a pinch of curcuma powder, which brings comfort and acts as a buffer against autumn depression.

      Ingredients (for 2 people):
      200ml of green tea
      4 new kale leaves
      1 green cucumber
      half an avocado
      1 pear
      1 banana
      pinch of salt
      pinch of curcuma

      Peel the avocado, pear and banana. Remove the core from the pear. Blend every ingredient very thoroughly. If the drink is too thick, add some green tea. Drink at once.

      Enjoy your drink!
       
       

    • By Kasia
      Even though I would like to change the situation, the winter is coming. Sooner or later there will be sharp winds, frost and unpleasant moisture. I don't know how you like to warm up at home, but on the first cold day I dust off my home recipe for hot and yummy winter teas.

      You can use my recipe or come up with your own proposals for fiery mixtures. Only one thing should be the same: your favourite tea must be strong and hot.

      Ingredients (for 2 teas)
      Raspberry-orange
      8 cloves
      a piece of cinnamon
      2 grains of cardamom
      4 slices of orange
      2 teaspoons of honey
      your favourite tea
      50ml of raspberry juice or 30ml of raspberry juice and 30ml of raspberry liqueur
      Add 4 of the cloves, cinnamon and cardamom to some water and boil for a while to release their flavour and aroma. Remove the seasoning and brew the tea with this water. Crush two slices of orange with honey. Add the raspberry juice or a mixture of juice and liqueur to the tea. Next add the honey with orange. Mix it in. Decorate the tea with the rest of the cloves and orange.

      Lemon-ginger
      8 cloves
      3 slices of fresh ginger
      2 grains of cardamom
      50ml of ginger syrup or 30ml of ginger syrup and 30ml of ginger-lemon liqueur
      4 slices of lemon
      2 teaspoons of honey
      Add 4 of the cloves, ginger and cardamom to some water and boil for a while to release their flavour and aroma. Remove the seasoning and brew the tea with this water. Crush two slices of lemon with honey. Add the ginger syrup or mixture of syrup and liqueur to the tea. Next add honey with lemon. Mix it in. Decorate the tea with the rest of the cloves and lemon.

      Enjoy your drink!

    • By Kasia
      My Irish Coffee  
      Today the children will have to forgive me, but adults also sometimes want a little pleasure. This is a recipe for people who don't have to drive a car or work, i.e. for lucky people or those who can rest at the weekend. Irish coffee is a drink made with strong coffee, Irish Whiskey, whipped cream and brown sugar. It is excellent on cold days. I recommend it after an autumn walk or when the lack of sun really gets you down. Basically, you can spike the coffee with any whiskey, but in my opinion Jameson Irish Whiskey is the best for this drink.

      If you don't like whiskey, instead you can prepare another kind of spiked coffee: French coffee with brandy, Spanish coffee with sherry, or Jamaican coffee with dark rum.
      Ingredients (for 2 drinks)
      300ml of strong, hot coffee
      40ml of Jameson Irish Whiskey
      150ml of 30% sweet cream
      4 teaspoons of coarse brown sugar
      1 teaspoon of caster sugar
      4 drops of vanilla essence
      Put two teaspoons of brown sugar into the bottom of two glasses. Brew some strong black coffee and pour it into the glasses. Warm the whiskey and add it to the coffee. Whisk the sweet cream with the caster sugar and vanilla essence. Put it gently on top so that it doesn't mix with the coffee.

      Enjoy your drink!
       
       

    • By Kasia
      Today I would like to share with you the recipe for swift autumn cookies with French pastry and a sweet ginger-cinnamon-pear stuffing. Served with afternoon coffee they warm us up brilliantly and dispel the foul autumn weather.

      Ingredients (8 cookies)
      1 pack of chilled French pastry
      1 big pear
      1 flat teaspoon of cinnamon
      1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
      2 tablespoons of brown sugar
      1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar
      2 tablespoons of milk

      Heat the oven up to 190C. Cover a baking sheet with some baking paper.
      Wash the pear, peel and cube it. Add the grated ginger, cinnamon, vanilla sugar and one tablespoon of the brown sugar. Mix them in. Cut 8 circles out of the French pastry. Cut half of every circle into parallel strips. Put the pear stuffing onto the other half of each circle. Roll up the cookies starting from the edges with the stuffing. Put them onto the baking paper and make them into cones. Smooth the top of the pastry with the milk and sprinkle with brown sugar. bake for 20-22 minutes.

      Enjoy your meal!
       
       
       

    • By Hezo541
      My friend sent me some Chinese tea called Songxiang tea. 
      Has anybody drunk this kind of tea? It's the first time I've heard of this tea.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×