Coffee (Part 2) & Tea
BBC commented a bit about my coffee post and what he said gave me a bit more reason to talk about coffee and also now about tea:
In terms of the way I like coffee and tea... I like both very strong. Any coffee will do as long as it is very strong. At the U, there is a Starbucks, and occasionally I will buy a cup from them. The flavors are very pronounced and heavy... which appeals to me as well. Most days I drink three cups (if you count 8oz as a typical cup) of coffee.
I always drink my coffee black. Added sugar or cream or things like that will mute the rich, dark coffee flavor. I have had "flavored" coffees... these are coffees with extracts added to them like vanilla or hazelnut (but no sugar). I like to have these flavored varieties on occasion, but again.... black only.
As for tea.... I drink copious quantities of iced tea. I can easily drink three quarts a day of the stuff if we have it around and ready. As with coffee, I like my iced tea PLAIN. No sugar, no lemon. And when my wife makes iced tea for me, she makes in a large, glass, gallon container. Because I like it very strong, she will first steep 15-20 teabags in boiling water on the stove for several minutes and then let it cool. She will then pour this mixture into the glass container (including the tea bags) and fill the rest with cold water. After it sits in the fridge and gets cold, I pour it over ice and it is wonderful. I like virtually every type of tea I have ever tried, but regular, run-of-the-mill tea is great to me, as is green tea.
The one thing that is a bit odd in my coffee & tea behavior.... actually my drinking behavior overall is that I simply DO NOT LIKE hot beverages of any kind. I never have liked them. When I drink coffee, I will let it cool to room temperature or actually pour it over ice to get cold. I never drink hot tea, only iced. I do not like hot chocolate (I let it cool to room temperature or put ice in it). I do not like "hot toddies" (although, I will gladly enjoy the alcohol at room temperature or iced :) ).
This dislike of hot beverages actually parlays into food as well. I do not like hot food. I *always* prefer food that I eat to be very mildly warm at best, and tend to prefer room temperature or cold food. Because of this, I am always extremely "gracious" at all family events and other functions because I am more than happy to let folks go ahead of me in line so that the food has a chance to cool off. The only exception is when people use heated chaffing tables to keep food hot. In that instance, I prefer to try to get my food quickly to a plate so it can sit and cool off considerably prior to my eating it.