Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Strong BLACK coffee, please, no sugar. (I can’t stand the taste of black coffee with sugar in it. It tastes like some foreign substance has gotten into it.) People say coffee is “bitter.” I say if your coffee tastes bitter, it must have been ground and prepared wrong. If you use top-quality organic beans and know how to prepare them right, your plain black coffee should have a wonderful smooth flavor that enlivens the palate and even brings a subtle hint of sweetness. Then it would be sacrilegious to add any other substance to it (except maybe a twist of lemon peel in espresso).
One thing I’ve noticed these days is so many caffeine addicts getting their fix from sodapop instead of coffee or tea. Maybe they feel it’s easier to glug down a sugary, artificially-flavored corporate manufacture than to accommodate their tastes to the more challenging aesthetics of freshly-brewed coffee and tea. Coffee and tea are natural drinks for natural humans, and free of extraneous junk. I shun all sodapop; if I’m thirsty, plain water is all I want.
On working days, I savor two or three 12-oz. mugs of strong black coffee. On weekends, I get by with a mug and a half at home. I think the measurement of coffee in 6-oz. “cups” is long outdated. Everybody drinks mugs now, forget those dinky little cups. My 20-oz. mug was dropped and broken, but it used to contain a whole day’s supply of coffee for me, no need for refills.
The strong coffee I drink is probably double the caffeine of the watery swill that some Americans call “coffee.” One of the new guys at work made the coffee yesterday, and when I tasted it I had to restrain myself from spitting it out. The dude had only used 3 scoops for the whole pot and thought that was enough! What a waste of good coffee! Then he explained that he was on the verge of getting an ulcer so I felt sorry for giving him a hard time, but I advised him he shouldn’t be drinking coffee at all (and let the rest of us there enjoy our strong coffee.)
I only drink organically grown Fair Trade coffee, because 1) It tastes better than just about anything else, 2) it feels so clean going into your body without all the chemical junk sprayed on it, 3) Fair Trade ensures that the workers who cultivate and harvest the crop get their fair share of the profits along with social services and medical care brought to the areas where they live and work.
Some people have stomach problems with coffee, others say it makes them too wired. I have no negative effects from it at all, except that I don’t like the oily residue it leaves in my mouth. So I brush and rinse after drinking it. The other downside to it is evil monster withdrawal headaches and debility if I stop too suddenly.
I like green tea, also.
Has anyone listened to that Putumayo CD, Music from the Coffee Lands? And its companion, Music from the Tea Lands?