Coffee or Tea?

I was never really a coffee drinker.  Well, that was before I met Alan.  I used to drink Nescafe instant coffee or Taster’s Choice, and then I would load up on Coffeemate.  I always said I drank coffee for the Coffeemate. 

These days, I drink coffee as a morning ritual because of the demands of the work day.  I only take one cup a day, though.  The morning brew is the only one — and the rest of the day, my source of caffeine is my diet soda.  I have learned to be somewhat discerning of the coffee I drink, so even when back home, it has to be Figaro if not Starbucks.  And even among the various concoctions and coffee flavors of these two coffeeshops,  I tend to have my favorite lighter blends.  And who can beat Manila’s Starbucks stores for having those yummy treats like ensaymada, tuna and corned beef pan de sal?

I still had quite a stash of the Barako and Excelsa coffee that my dear friend Ces sent home with me in June of 2009.  I am just about to finish my stocks after alternating it with the Kape Vinta blend which is only available in Manila’s Starbucks shops.  (My guess is it’s marketed as a different brew overseas — we actually only heard about Kape Vinta because of a friend who used to work as a District Manager for Starbucks on the West Coast.)  I’m not worried.  I brought home a bunch of Figaro coffee beans which should keep us well stocked for a couple of  months more.

I would occasionally drink tea like these days when I have a bad cold.  My preference: the hard to find Jasmine tea (the Americans being more attuned to the taste of Chamomile) or something minty and lemony or orangy.  I had my sister ship me three batches of Jasmine tea which I still have.   This I would sometimes drink with honey or with creamer.

So what’s  your preference?  Coffee or tea?

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0 thoughts on “Coffee or Tea?

  1. You can’t find jasmine tea in NYC?? Or is there a particular jasmine tea that you like that they don’t carry here in the US?

    I actually don’t like Chamomile tea,…I don’t know anyone that does! Most of us americans prefer black teas like earl grey or orange pekoe (which is what Lipton tea is).

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  2. let’s just say you’ve put the perfect words into my mouth!esp.that creamer on coffee! and the 1x a day caffeine fix! and I do drink tea once in a while too.I like the flavored ones but any tea will do.. plain though:)

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