I was considering starting a thread like this…curious about which Dopers are java nerds and which take whatever streams blackly out of the pot.
I like both, but I drink coffee daily and tea on occasion. The tannin in tea bugs me; I cannot drink it on an empty stomach.
I usually drink black teas…Darjeeling, orange pekoe, or an English or Irish Breakfast blend. Green tea makes a pleasant change every so often, but I always take that in a Chinese (no-handled) cup rather than the usual china cup and saucer. Herbal infusions I drink VERY rarely. I always make my tea in a pot, using a tea-ball…never teabags. And I never add anything to tea…no milk, no sugar, no honey, no lemon.
My morning coffee comes from the nearest coffeeshop urn, in one of those cheerful blue-and-white Grecian-motif cardboard cups. I avoid Starbucks and all the independently-owned coffee-maniac places like the plague. Again, nothing goes in the beverage; no cream, no sugar. Black and strong.
For years my weekend brew was a New Orleans-style bland, flavored with chicory. Of course, in New Orleans, it’s served with loads of cream and sugar; it’s mad to drink this stuff black.
About two years ago I asked my coffee-supplier what would be a little less bitter, oily, and hair-raising…he grimaced and said “Almost ANYTHING.” So now I drip-brew a blend called “Moka d’Oro,” which I used to know what was in it, but have long-since forgotten.