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tea or coffee for beginners!


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does anyone have any tea or coffee ideas for beginners?  i love hot drinks (steamed skim milk with sugar free vanilla syrup, sugar free hot chocolate) and would like to try tea or coffee.  i am looking for ideas on how to start trying or how people like their coffee and tea!

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I like my coffee a little dark and bitter, so I add one packet of Splenda and one tablespoon of half-and-half. I tried to switch from half-and-half to skim milk, but it's just sooooooo much better with half-and-half...just gives it a little bit of creaminess! 1 tbsp (and I make sure to measure) is 20 calories, which is worth it to me! :D

I started drinking coffee by dissolving instant coffee crystals in just a small amount of hot water,  adding a generous amount of sugar, and then filling the glass (not a coffee cup) with cold milk.  I eventually moved on to standard coffee, black no sugar.  Then I began drinking dark bitter coffee until I realized that it was responsible for my acid reflux issues.  I now drink brewed tea, usually Lipton's, and never more than one cup of caffinated tea a day.  I drink it with nothing added.  Occasionally I'll drink a spiced Chai Tea and in that I usually add some milk and honey.

I've tried all kinds of tea-in-a-bag things. It never turns out the same as some of those coffee shop teas. I believe they use the loose leaf tea. I would rather throw out everything I have and drink theirs everyday. So, check into that if you want some really good tea.

As for coffee, I drink mine with half-and-half and a little bit of that raw sugar. I too tried the skim milk but it never had that same creamy taste. I'll never go back to skim in the coffee again. You could also try adding some of those flavored syrups. I've found them discounted at the stores Home Goods and TJ Maxx.

I make a killer Red Zinger Iced Tea? Red zinger flavored tea bags, a generous helping of Splenda (Or your sweetener of choice) and a little bit of honey. Steep the tea, add the sweetener, then refrigerate until it gets chilly and delicious. And serve over crushed ice.

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I was wondering if anyone uses Stevia in their drinks. I like to have a cup of coffee with 1/2 coffee and 1/2 fat free milk. I add Stevia to sweeten my drinks. It is 0 Cal. But I wonder if anyone knows more about it .

As for my tea, I like drinking Bigelow's Constant Comment in the winter and if you want to try it herbal they have that too. Mint or Chamomile is pretty nice in the winter too and the mint is really comforting when your stomach is bothering you :)

Can't go wrong with herbal teas. They're more like hot juice. I love any sort of green tea. Right now I drink mugs and mugs of green tea with lemon.

If you are worried about the caffine content then white tea is good also, but if you want normal tea then put a tea bag into your cup and fill it up with boiling water. Pour away this first cup and pour boiling water over your tea bag in your cup again. This gets rid of most of the caffine but you are still left with the taste.

I was told that I could use my green tea bags up to 5 times. Same taste, same antioxidant effect, less and less caffeine the more you re-use it. I guess this goes for any tea really.

I love herbal teas any kinda that has mint is amazing. I drink about 2-3 cups a day-more when a i have time. I like the ones with caffeine cuz i drink it in the morning like coffee. I like a lot of sugar-wish i could cut down.

Original Post by zuno:

Hi

I was wondering if anyone uses Stevia in their drinks. I like to have a cup of coffee with 1/2 coffee and 1/2 fat free milk. I add Stevia to sweeten my drinks. It is 0 Cal. But I wonder if anyone knows more about it .

As for my tea, I like drinking Bigelow's Constant Comment in the winter and if you want to try it herbal they have that too. Mint or Chamomile is pretty nice in the winter too and the mint is really comforting when your stomach is bothering you :)

Yep I use stevia. Although technically speaking it has about 4 calories per packet, but for practical purposes yes it's 0 Cal. :)

As for drinking tea... Honestly it's not a rocket science. Put a tea bag or some tea leaves in a glass poor in hot (not boiling) water in. Let it "brew" add whatever you like: sugar, sweetenere, milk, etc. Enjoy.

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Nov 19 2008 19:04
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when I started to drink coffee I drank lattes.  I loved that they were milky and rich.  Slowly I moved away from lattes to drinking coffee with lots of cream and sugar and now I drink it black.

Try coffee or tea any which way you want and find the way you like best.  Just remember that over time your tastes may change and that's okay too.

green tea, black tea, fruit teas. sweeten and unsweeten. No coffee. Don't like the bitter after taste.

I drink at least 4 cups of green tea a day. I make it in the coffee maker for fast tea instead of using the stove.

Also I mix my teas to make yummy ice teas to drink instead of Pop. I just add splenda packets. I don't like my drinks overly sweet so maybe 5-6 packets for the jug works out okay.

 

 

just thought id add in som egreat benefits of certain teas:

chamomile is great if you have an upset stomach- the chamomile leaves help out

sleepy time tea- it is supposed to relax you and aid sleeping- i dont know if this is actually true, but my mom has it before bed EVERY night and she loves it.

green tea-this one is a bit more known to the general public but it has loads of antioxidants and is probably one of the healthiest teas you can drink.

The loose leaf teas taste better, but are a bit more of a production to make b/c you need to put the leaves in a special leave holder and steep them in your hot water and then clean the thing.

The fruity teas def dont need sweetner. I find that green tea has a foul taste in the beg if you have never had it before-but  a little splenda does the trick!

 

I can't speak much for tea, but here is advice from a SERIOUS coffee drinker:

If you really want to try coffee, you need to make a small initial investment. Get a French Press- you can usually find a good one between $15 and $30. Then, get some quality coffee. Forget about Folger's and Maxwell House, its over-produced and tastes like dirt. Look to see if you have a local roaster. For starters, go for a medium blend.

Sugar- I personally don't like regular sugar because it doesn't dissolve well. You can always use splenda/sweet n' low, or if you want something more natural- agave nectar is good.

Creamer- Some people swear by milk, but I think it waters out the coffee a little. Try half and half or a flavored creamer like CoffeeMate (from the refridgeratored section).

My perfect coffee- Extra bold locally-roasted coffee from Sumatra or the African East Coast (Kenya, Tanzania, etc.). A spoonful of CoffeeMate, hazelnut or vanilla. And two packets of Splenda. Amazing . . .

Well, I think tea is a good strater, because it is more mild and is easier to control the strength. Furthermore, tea offers a very large range of flavor selections and it is lower in acid and caffine. I have many different types of teas which I drink often. Try a red ribos, or a chai, or lemon zinger, raspberry zinger, red rose or tetley black teas. A litlle skim milk and some splenda and you will be in heaven. Hope this helps, and have a cup for me...cheers!

Sometimes I add 2 tbsp of diet hot chocolate mix to my coffee (black).  Sooooo amazing.  Seriously makes me excited to get out of bed in the morning lol.  

   

I love to mix black coffee with mint teabags! You get this delicious minty dark coffee, almost like bitter mint chocolate, its heaven! I do with decaff at night, seriously suggest you all try it, yum! One heaped tablespoon /teaspoon to depending on how you like your coffee, and Id go for a dark blend of instant like Nescafe Black gold or Cap Colombie) and one to two bags of mint tea depending on cup size and strength, pour on the water onto the teabag and the coffee and let it steep for a few mintutes, then enjoy!

I think coffee in my part of the world (New Zealand) is different to American coffee - generally much smaller and stronger.

I go out to coffee shops and buy a flat white or a macchiato, both have to be made with an espresso machine... would never EVER step inside a starbucks though, a bucket full of milk and syrup is not a coffee!

I don't drink instant coffee or filter. I need some milk in my coffee (hence the coffee choices above) but no sugar and no half and half.

I love fruit teas or the occasional Earl Grey tea with milk.

ETA: the one sweet coffee I have liked is Vietnamese coffee, which is strong black coffee drip-brewed into a tiny glass with condensed milk.

I'm hooked on apple cinnammon tea, with two equals (depending on the size).I also really like this English Breakfast variety that I got in Paris (ironic, I know).

I used to be over the moon about normal coffee with a ton of hazelnut coffeemate, then I looked at the ingredients list of the fat free/sugarfree kinds and I was instantly unhooked. Lol. Oil solids didnt float my boat.

Now I drink coffee black with equal. I LOVE rasberry creme coffee.

I also occasionally drink the Italian espressos. Holy moses. Those things wake you up in the morning. Same amount of grounds I use for six cups in a half a shot glass.

 

Original Post by merylwhite1:

I think coffee in my part of the world (New Zealand) is different to American coffee - generally much smaller and stronger.

I go out to coffee shops and buy a flat white or a macchiato, both have to be made with an espresso machine... would never EVER step inside a starbucks though, a bucket full of milk and syrup is not a coffee!

I don't drink instant coffee or filter. I need some milk in my coffee (hence the coffee choices above) but no sugar and no half and half.

I love fruit teas or the occasional Earl Grey tea with milk.

ETA: the one sweet coffee I have liked is Vietnamese coffee, which is strong black coffee drip-brewed into a tiny glass with condensed milk.

He, He. Yeah coffee is definitely different in Europe and other countries. It's more of an espresso, then drip coffee. I don't mind that for coffee, but getting tea in this small cup kind of sucks.

I agree no one, or almost no one, goes to Charbucks for coffee. It's usually the foo foo "coffee". If I want some descent coffee I usually go to Peets Coffee & Tea (Northern California chain). They also have some great teas.

Speaking if Vietnamese coffee. I saw a version of it being maid in Bangkoks weekend Bazaar. The best part was seeing how it was made. The guy was doing "tricks" with two cups and the content to mix it. I wanted to buy it, until I saw what the content was. It was literally a can of condensed milk with some drip coffee. Surprised

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Just since you mentioned steamed milk and sf vanilla syrup....if you mix those two with earl grey tea it is very delicious. Early grey is also very good on it's own.

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