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?