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- Do you prefer tea or coffee?
...and by tea, I mean proper, English-style black tea with milk and optional sugar - none of this weird fruity cr*p they have here in the US, and certainly not the Liptons, bottom of the tea warehouse floor sweepings, "ice tea" that they also, blasphemously, claim is tea.
..and by coffee, I mean any old cr*p with enough cream and sugar in it.
- Does tea really taste better in a proper porcelain or fine china cup?
...I can drink coffee out of any old mug (as long as it's big enough) but I prefer my tea out of porcelain or fine china, if possible.
Note: People who only drink soda and/or water need not reply.
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Regarding Liptons, yes we do have actual English tea available at least where I live in the US.
Regarding coffee, you should really expand your perspective. Coffee favors (OK, favours) differ by variety and growing region. I prefer Guatemala, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sumatra depending on my preference at the time; and only the Arabica not the Robusta variety.
I only add sugar to low grade coffee. And similar to tea, none of this fruity, favored c***; though sometimes I will add a Star Anise pod to the grounds.
Everyone here that cares what they drink their tea out of lost 50 man points.
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In work I use proper leaf tea (I currently have caddies of English Breakfast, Asam and Kenyan), made in a 2 pint pot with an in-built strainer. I use a large (1 pint) mug - china cups do not hold enough. I also do not use any of that milk or sugar rubbish - straight tea, strong enough to hold up a spoon on its own.
At home I have a similar setup.
As for coffee - it is the Devil's diarrhea and I will not have it near me!
I'm an optoholic - my glass is always half full of vodka.
Tea shall smell like an old harbour on a midsummer day, of tar and smoke. And it shoudl be as strong as the dockers. In other words: Lapsang Souchong that has been allowed to stand for between seven and ten minutes.
Then I must confess a mortal sin: I drink Lapsang Souchong with milk. Every tea expert in the world (with the possible exception of one or two Englishmen) says that you can have milk in your tea as long as it is not Lapsang Souchong. Yet I drink it with milk (but no sugar).
Tea is for evenings and weekends. Coffee is the working hours drink. It just "is there", in one quality or another. In the coffee corner, in the canteen. Quality varies from gruesome to tolerable - you drink it from habit, not for pleasure. Sometimes during the advent season, I bring my own coffee maker and coffee grinder to work, with a bag of Blue Java and some cardamom fruits so that we at least for a couple of weeks a year can have really tasty coffee in the coffee corner. (One cardamom fruit per full coffee pot, 3-6 seeds ground with the coffee beans, adds an aroma that fits very well with the slightly bitter Blue Java. Don't use more; it should add aroma, not "taste".)
Can't stand tea; weak, wet and insubstantial stuff. I drink about 2 cups per year, normally to avoid offense when offered by someone who doesn't know me and isn't a coffee drinker (so you can be sure that any coffee they make will be about 3 years old and disgusting), and occasionally just to verify that it's really as awful as I remember.
Coffee - I used to drink up to 8 a day (decaf, instant stuff). Have seriously cut back on that now, largely because I take sugar in coffee (used to be 2, now 1 spoonful). So now typically 3 or 4 coffees a day: 1 decaf on waking; then either 2 lattes when out in the afternoon (free refills a godsend, but 3 in one hour make me feel ill) OR a couple more instant decafs late morning and early evening. Having cut down on coffee I'm still struggling to replace it with other liquids so tend to end up dehydrated (like this morning, when I woke with a migraine having had just 2 coffees yesterday). Need to drink much more water. Am trying to achieve that currently by having warm Ribena... takes me back 50 years but hey ho. Can't drink alcohol anymore as any amount at all gives me palpitations. Oh, the joys of getting older.