"There is nothing new to say about tea."
Having found no reference to this phrase through Google, I must accept that it is not true. There is something new to say about tea. Unfortunately, It is not rumbling through my brain today. But I do have a few thoughts on tea that I will share. The statements are undocumented opinion.
- Ten different people may say they enjoy the same brand and type of tea, but each person will have a different description/explanation of why.
- People who have no preference of tea or coffee are a minority.
- No caffeine or low caffeine teas are more satisfying than decaffeinated coffee.
- Flavored teas are more enjoyable than flavored coffee.
When I listen to or read what others say about tea, the explanations for liking or not liking a particular tea, while finding the right words, appears to be a challenge. Some people have a more discerning sense of taste and are able to single out flavors or spices. Others settle for less description.
I am equally happy with tea or coffee, but I tend to drink tea at home. In my experience there are few people who feel this way. Most adults have a clear preference for one over the other, and many of my friends prefer a caffeinated soda when they need caffeine.
There are so many herbal teas, which are not really tea but called tea as a simplification. These teas are naturally caffeine free. Coffee must be processed to remove the caffeine and still has trace amounts of caffeine. When I drink coffee, I am drinking it because I want the buzz. I do not enjoy drinking decaf coffee.
I prefer unflavored coffee. Fruit flavored coffee? No. I do enjoy some flavors such as chocolate, caramel, or pumpkin when they are created by adding syrup to the coffee. However, I find the preflavored coffee beans to have an artificial aftertaste that I do not notice with flavored teas.
And those are my personal beliefs; I wish I had some research to back up these opinions.
Here's to another week of happy tea drinking.