tea & coffee revisited

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tea & coffee revisited

Postby mercalia » 26 Mar 2019, 7:30pm

Does tea actually have a taste? I just enjoyed a cuppa of tetley one-cup on special offer at 99p for 72 bags reduced from £1.79 at Lidl. A very nice cuppa it was but what was its taste? not sure it, just hit the mark. Now coffee has a definite obvious flavour. I remember my recent visit to Whetherspoons & enjoyed a mug there - only that it mught be a bit sickly for me more than one mug. I remember when I had a faint at after the York Rally 2 years ago now at the coffee shop on York Rail station, where the smell of the coffee made me nauseous & I fainted. Tea never does that to me, I can drink gallonns of it . So what makes tea so good lacking a really strong flavour ( unless it is brewed really really strong ie over brewed )
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Re: tea v coffee

Postby reohn2 » 26 Mar 2019, 7:41pm

Try some of the specialist teas,Twinnings do a few different one's,I used to ldrink Earl Grey exclusively for a time and I've tried a few different ones including,Assam,Lapsang,Dargeeling and Redbush.I do like Fennel tea occasionally :)
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Re: tea v coffee

Postby Mick F » 26 Mar 2019, 7:42pm

If all you drink is supermarket Tetley as a teabag in a mug ...........................

Try real tea in a real teapot and let it brew properly.
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Re: tea v coffee

Postby Freddie » 26 Mar 2019, 7:48pm

Nowt better than a good cuppa tea. Coffee is a distant second and, according to recent research, probably not much good for you, if you're not a regular drinker of it already.

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Re: tea v coffee

Postby 661-Pete » 26 Mar 2019, 7:56pm

I think I've commented on this subject fairly recently.

But as to the tea-vs-coffee debate, I'm fairly even-handed, though I tend to drink more tea than coffee. I assume we're talking about actual coffee, and not that 'instant' substitute which surpasses even teabag-infusion in undrinkability....
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Re: tea v coffee

Postby mercalia » 26 Mar 2019, 8:12pm

reohn2 wrote:Try some of the specialist teas,Twinnings do a few different one's,I used to ldrink Earl Grey exclusively for a time and I've tried a few different ones including,Assam,Lapsang,Dargeeling and Redbush.I do like Fennel tea occasionally :)


I do use a tea pot and like Assam and Kenyan Sainsburys own brand. Yes that god aweful Earl and Lady Grey perfumed tea exeptions & not talking about those fruit teas....but for the most part the flavour is hardly tasted? It just seems that tea works in a different way to coffee. The Tetley One-Cup wa actually a decent tea and at 99p for 72 bags a bargain from Lidls ( They had a few months ago another special of Tetleys, called the Blend Collection comparable to Sainsbury Assam Kenyan etc own brand at a special price of £1.50 for 75 bags - I stocked up with most of them on offer - they even had a green -normal tea mixture quite nice )
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Re: tea v coffee

Postby Freddie » 26 Mar 2019, 8:15pm

I dunno about hardly tasted, I like mine brewed for a good 5 minutes or more. Though tea isn't an overpowering taste, it certainly has a taste or its own and I can easily distinguish between good and bad quality tea, much like Pete with his instant coffee dislike (muddy puddle water comes to mind).

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Re: tea v coffee

Postby Bonefishblues » 26 Mar 2019, 8:16pm

IIRC tea is the most complex set of flavour compounds of any drink imbibed by man. I drink both - coffees first thing, then teas from mid morning onwards.

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Re: tea v coffee

Postby Oldjohnw » 26 Mar 2019, 8:30pm

A quick dunk of a teabag in hot water certainly makes a drink of sorts but it is not tea. You need just boiled water, a warmed up teapot, real tea leaves, and a good five minutes brewing.
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Re: tea v coffee

Postby mercalia » 26 Mar 2019, 8:30pm

I think the taste is almost subliminal?

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Re: tea v coffee

Postby al_yrpal » 26 Mar 2019, 9:02pm

We drink coffee up to 11.59 am and then switch to tea. Coffee wakes you up, at least 3 mugs brewed from beans in the morning. Tea is a great thirst quencher.

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Re: tea v coffee

Postby Spinners » 26 Mar 2019, 10:25pm

I've got a brew balancing on the arm of my chair right now :D

I drink tea in the morning and have one or two coffees in the afternoon and early evening. If I could only have tea or coffee it would have to be tea - no contest.
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Re: tea v coffee

Postby Audax67 » 27 Mar 2019, 9:19am

I started drinking Whittard's Kenilworth Orange Pekoe a few years back. Delicious stuff but with a couple of drawbacks: their order-handling was snail-like and after a few weeks of drinking 5 mugs a day I had gastritis.

Nowadays I have 5 or 6 mugs of Twining's finest dishwater a day and a couple of thick short espressos after lunch. All's well.
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Re: tea v coffee

Postby Vorpal » 27 Mar 2019, 11:40am

I like both tea & coffee. Each has its own taste.

Most teas have taste, and I think that the taste of different teas varies rather more than the different coffees.
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Re: tea v coffee

Postby ThePinkOne » 27 Mar 2019, 3:07pm

Yorkshire tea, brewed for 5 minutes, just a splash of milk. Plenty taste.

Proper Chinese green tea brewed in a tea-pot (you don't need a strainer as the leaves are so big). Refreshing.

I rarely drink coffee these days!

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