English Breakfast tea? I've always wondered what's in that blend. I usually drink Red Rose or Lipton brand black teas, since they're relatively inexpensive and easy to find in the US. Sometimes, not often, I drink Earl Grey.
But I noticed when visiting Africa that the tea blends tend to be stronger, there. (The teas I've had in Africa are UK imports.) I can't remember the name of the UK tea brand made by the same company that makes Red Rose. :? Anyway, Red Rose, the US brand, tastes positively wimpy by comparison.
And then herbal teas are a whole other story. 8) And decaf? For the birds, IMO. :lol: :lol: I don't mean naturally caffeine free. I mean decaffeinated. The decaf process seems to take all the tea out of the tea. Yuck! :evil:
Tea, all the way! Tetley's or PG Tips are my favored brands.
I so agree about the Red Rose being wimpy...I have a decaf version for my not-really-tea-drinking friends, but there really is no point!
Of course, any caffeinated beverage will do in a pinch
Yep. I like my tea strong, too. Strong. How long do you steep yours?
And does anybody here make tea the old fashioned way, in a tea pot? Or are people using tea bags and tea balls?
And can you taste the difference if you wash a teapot with soap? The common wisdom is that you're supposed to just rinse the pot with very hot water to clean and never use soap. Do you think that's true or just an old wives tale?
Oh yeah, and this thread is supposed to be about coffee, too, isn't it?
The funny thing is I rarely if ever drink coffee, but I have an ingrained coffee ritual. Learned it from the ex, who is religious about coffee.
I use only certain coffee beans, which I buy in small quantities from the over-priced store. :lol: I keep the beans in the freezer until I'm ready to use them. When I want to make coffee, I grind the beans fresh and brew in a French coffee press. Fresh, ice cold, filtered water brought to a rolling boil, and poured over the beans. Then served black in a white cup or mug. lol. I have no idea if that actually makes a better cup of coffee. But that's what I do. Most of my guests say it's too strong that way, but hey. I figure coffee's the same as tea, in at least one respect. If you're gonna drink it, drink the real thing. :wink: :lol: :lol: