Tea or Coffee?

Greece
January 7, 2017 9:40am CST
For many years now I have chosen to drink coffee rather than tea. I did not like the taste as a child but, because it was the only drink on offer in those days, I tolerated it. When I eventually experienced coffee that had been made from beans and not an imitation made of chicory and sugar, I stopped drinking tea and replaced it with coffee. Times had moved on. They’ve moved on again now because for some unknown reason I tired of coffee. I wanted something to quench my thirst and I turned to tea once again. To my amazement I now enjoy it. I even find myself singing about it. Suddenly the International community I mix with find me more ‘British’. They were confused by a Brit who did not drink tea or like strong American coffee. Now I have recognizable roots.
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@MALUSE (44642)
• Uzbekistan
7 Jan 17
After three visits to the USA, I find that 'strong' and 'American coffee' don't go together. It's the weakest coffee I and my Italian husband have drunk anywhere. Sadly, Greek coffee in restaurants is often only instant coffee. Or do only tourists get that? The best coffee is the Italian variety, of course.
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• Greece
7 Jan 17
Really? You must drink it very strong then. If I have American coffee I ask them to only half fill the cup so that I can top it up with water! Greek coffee is not instant, it is cooked to almost boiling in a special tiny saucepan and then poured into a minute cup with the grains. No milk. To me it is undrinkable. Probably the Greeks who have given you coffee know that it is not to anyone's taste but theirs - hence the instant stuff. I have never had Italian coffee so perhaps for me the best is yet to come.
@MALUSE (44642)
• Uzbekistan
7 Jan 17
@41CombedaleRoad What you describe as Greek coffee is really Turkish coffee as you can see in all Turkish households. The Turks were in what is now Greece for nearly a century. If you have the chance of drinking a genuine Italian cappuccino, you'll understand that this is the best variety.
@rebelann (43076)
• El Paso, Texas
7 Jan 17
Mom always gave us kids tea with milk and sugar (except me, I never did like sweets) until we were in our late teens, then we were allowed to drink coffee. I haven't a clue where that idea came from so I blamed it on her generation, she was born in 1916.
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• Greece
7 Jan 17
The British got a taste for drinking and selling tea from India. It was brought to England in the 18th century, so your mother was innocent rebelann!
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@rebelann (43076)
• El Paso, Texas
7 Jan 17
I didn't know that @41CombedaleRoad ... well, at least she wasn't giving us coca cola like some of the other kids used to get.
@inertia4 (27775)
• United States
7 Jan 17
All in all, coffee and tea are extremely popular these days. They seem to be the number one social beverage in the world. Which I feel is wonderful. Who wouldn't want to go to a nice cafe and have a nice conversation over an awesome cup of coffee or tea. A nice way to spend an afternoon.
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• Greece
7 Jan 17
And very nice of you to stop by and comment!
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@inertia4 (27775)
• United States
7 Jan 17
@41CombedaleRoad Well, thank you. I appreciate that.
@JudyEv (136961)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Jan 17
I always had tea when I was young but once I was married it was more 'in' to drink coffee and we still do that. I sometimes have green tea, mostly because it is supposed to be good for you. :)
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Jan 17
I come from a long line of coffee drinkers, I love my coffee and don't see myself ever getting tired of it. I don't much care for tea.
• Greece
7 Jan 17
How about herbal tea, that seems to be popular in the States?
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Jan 17
@41CombedaleRoad I will drink a green tea now and then but that's about it. No hot tea ever just don't care for the taste
@suhail1 (940)
• Manila, Philippines
7 Jan 17
someday if you happen to visit japan, dont miss the tea ceremony
• Greece
7 Jan 17
In the unlikely event that I will be able to Visit Japan I will remember that.
@suhail1 (940)
• Manila, Philippines
7 Jan 17
@41CombedaleRoad i wish luck
@Corbin5 (119458)
• United States
7 Jan 17
I do not drink tea. Just too weak a drink for me. Coffee only.
• Greece
7 Jan 17
It gets stronger if you leave the bag in the cup for a few minutes.
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@rubyriaz007 (4290)
• India
3 Jul
I prefer coffee to tea. Coffee keeps me refreshed and energetic. I like Nescafe very much. I like black and milk coffee.
@LeaPea2417 (22421)
• Toccoa, Georgia
30 Jan 17
I drink both, but prefer hot tea.
@redurnet (1586)
• United Kingdom
8 Jan 17
Coffee is a flavour that I have only started to enjoy as I've gotten older. I know I have a couple of nieces and they started drinking coffee really early in life. It seems like it is the trendy and socially acceptable thing to do now.
@celticeagle (120478)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Jan 17
I find that I have become more sensitive to the caffeine in coffee. Teas don't bother me as much.
@marlina (79646)
• Canada
7 Jan 17
I drink coffe only in th morning, later on I drink tea.
@xFiacre (5713)
• Ireland
7 Jan 17
@41combedaleroad Tea is exquisite I think. I usually drink Earl Grey.
@Happy2BeMe (75384)
• Canada
7 Jan 17
I drink coffee. On the rare occasion I will have tea but that is very rarely. I prefer my coffee.