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#162524 - 01/12/09 02:18 AM Re: Tea or coffee? [Re: sotto]
AROTC Offline

Registered: 05/06/04
Posts: 604
Loc: Manhattan
That coffee would be Korean alright, I see it all over the place here. I didn't know it had the creamer and sugar already in it though, since I don't really drink coffee. I don't usually need a caffeine boost to get through the day.

I usually drink hot chocolate in the winter time. Very comforting and requires no acquiring of taste. But its also bulkier to carry then tea or unadulterated coffee and it leaves a bigger mess to clean up.

I've just recently gotten into drinking tea, partly for the relaxation of making it and partly because, well, I'm in Asia. I'm even starting to enjoy it laugh . But tea also has several advantages over coffee. One is that if you're drinking loose leaf tea, it doesn't go stale as quickly as ground coffee. It can last up to two years. A good thing if you're planning on leaving it in your kit. The same doesn't hold for tea bags though. Tea also contains less caffeine and some other chemicals. It gives you a lower, longer high. The other thing I like is rose hip tea or herbal teas that contain rose hips. They're usually pretty tart which I like, and rose hips contain a lot of vitamin C and iron which might be useful.
A gentleman should always be able to break his fast in the manner of a gentleman where so ever he may find himself.--Good Omens

#162543 - 01/12/09 03:36 AM Re: Tea or coffee? [Re: NightHiker]
sodak Offline

Registered: 03/20/05
Posts: 410
Coffee, hot and black. Nothing else needed, no cream, sweetners, or any of that candy @#$ stuff. I hate tea...

#162596 - 01/12/09 02:22 PM Re: Tea or coffee? [Re: sodak]
benjammin Offline
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Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4020
Loc: Anchorage AK
I've posted about this before, but back in Oz I found a source for real coffee that would go in my EDC just like a tea bag. It was from a company called Robert Timms, and basically was italian Espresso in a single serving bag in a foil pouch. Brews up pretty much like a cup of lipton tea, but tastes tons better than instant. I brought a bunch home cuz you can't seem to import it (I have scoured the web looking for a source here in the states). Anyways, I keep it around for just in case, and it is holding up nicely in the foil pouches. I wish I could find a way to order it stateside. This is far, far better than the folgers or maxwell house packets. I struggle to drink that stuff down.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

#162597 - 01/12/09 02:23 PM Re: Tea or coffee? [Re: sodak]
Brangdon Offline

Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1201
Loc: Nottingham, UK
Coffee. I normally drink 3 cups of Nescafe Instant a day, made with 50% milk in a microwave and 2 spoons of sugar. The closest I can get to that in the wild are the Nescafe Cappuccino pre-packaged sachets. These include a milk powder that provides some froth, and some sugar. I carry extra sugar.

I also keep these sachets in the house to drink when I run out of milk. That way I have a chance of getting through my stockpile before it expires, and they taste good enough that I can put off buying milk a day if I need to.
Quality is addictive.

#162611 - 01/12/09 03:48 PM Re: Tea or coffee? [Re: Brangdon]
Mike_H Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 612
Loc: SE PA
I pack both. I find that coffee tends to make me thirsty after drinking, which tea doesn't.

I have a few different teas that I pack with me. Some of them give me a better caffeine boost than coffee does without the jitters.
"I reject your reality and substitute my own..." - Adam Savage / Mythbusters

#162709 - 01/12/09 11:06 PM Re: Tea or coffee? [Re: ]
JohnE Offline

Registered: 06/10/08
Posts: 601
Loc: Southern Cal
Tea is what one drinks when there is no coffee anywhere to be found...unless it's iced tea of course...;^)


"and all the lousy little poets
comin round
tryin' to sound like Charlie Manson"

The Future/Leonard Cohen

#162745 - 01/13/09 12:58 AM Re: Tea or coffee? [Re: JohnE]
sotto Offline

Registered: 06/04/03
Posts: 450
I was in an Asian grocery store in Chinatown in LA today. They had 3 different "3-in-1" instant coffees including the Nescafe one in the foil tube.

#162950 - 01/13/09 08:23 PM Re: Tea or coffee? [Re: sotto]
symphonyincminor Offline

Registered: 03/05/07
Posts: 7
Cafe Americano - 4 shots of espresso topped off with hot water. They're... addicting. My usual black coffee seems like puddle water now. But I love coffee - everything from cheap stale office coffee in a styrofoam cup to freshly roasted grounds out of a french press, and everything in between.

Tea is great (if there's nothing else in the house to drink). smile

#162955 - 01/13/09 08:52 PM Re: Tea or coffee? [Re: symphonyincminor]
Kris Offline

Registered: 04/13/07
Posts: 623
Loc: A Canadian in the UK
Originally Posted By: symphonyincminor
But I love coffee - everything from cheap stale office coffee in a styrofoam cup to freshly roasted grounds out of a french press, and everything in between.

agree... its my addiction and i'm not afraid to admit it!
"One should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything"
William of Ockham (1285-1349)

#162960 - 01/13/09 09:14 PM Re: Tea or coffee? [Re: Kris]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
"...styrofoam cup..."

Yuk! I always have a Aladan insulated mug hidden away somewhere, just in case...

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