If September’s topic of Football wasn’t a stretch for me, October’s topic surely will be. Just kidding. Coffee or Tea? For a number of years I didn’t like either one. My father was a hard core coffee drinker. Folgers being his main choice as I recall. My mother would drink it once in a great while when she had a sweet to dunk. She preferred it very doctored with sugar and milk. My husband is a coffee drinker also, I love the smell. The aroma fills the house and makes it warm and cozy.
My only exposure to tea as a child was the story during the Revolutionary war when some Patriots threw it overboard from a ship in Boston. As far as I was concerned, it was good riddance. Who would drink that stuff anyway?
I had never tried tea until I was invited to a High Tea many years ago. I didn’t have a clue as to how to maneuver all the offerings for tea. I asked an older woman who seemed to know what she was doing, and I have to say I did enjoy one cup. Then I learned there were different kinds of tea. I tried African tea, it was very good. Then I moved on to Darjeeling, with a little cream and sugar it was perfection.
This time of year, Celestial Seasons brings out seasonal flavored teas that I really like. One is Pumpkin Spice, very good with cream and sugar. Tastes just like drinking a piece of pumpkin pie. During the Christmas holiday, they have a Sugar Plum Spice, it’s very good. Wild Berry Zinger tea is refreshing served as an iced tea.
I have also learned that brewing tea is just as important as how you drink it. Different kinds of tea are prepared in their own way to get the best flavor and benefits. White and Green teas are steeped just before the water begins to boil as to not cook the tender tea leaves. How long you should steep it is also a factor. White tea only 30 to 60 seconds. Green tea for 1 to 3 minutes. Black and Oolong steep well in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Red and Herbal teas should steep for 5 to 7 minutes, also in boiling water.
When I used to host Bible studies in my home on Saturday mornings, I would make tea and serve it in a tea pot, with matching cups and saucers. I served some sweet pastry, too. I learned that making it in a tea pot also has proper instructions. I found that you needed to prime the pot first by pouring plain boiling water in. This warms the pot before you steep your tea in it.
Then I was invited to a morning coffee with one of my favorite people of all time. Being a tea drinker I didn’t want to make a fuss, so I drank a cup of coffee with sugar and cream. It was FANTASTIC!! I had two cups. I learned that day that coffee is just as much an acquired taste as tea. And it comes in so many flavors. Now I know you’re wondering if I had never heard of Starbucks. Of course I had, but I always ordered a hot Chai tea. My favorite coffee habit is a Guatemalan blend. I want to try others, but this is the one I am currently savoring. For me the consensus is…that I like both!
What kind of coffee or tea do you drink?