What says “me time” better than a cup of coffee or tea? A hot, steaming cup or mug of the preferred hot beverage alone or with a special other can seem like an oasis of sanity in the middle of a hectic day. During the hot months, coffee & tea can be served iced and, with some favorite fruit or nut flavors added, can make for a very special time.
Calm with a Kick
Both coffee & tea come with caffeine optional. If you find that caffeine disturbs your sleep or raises your doctor’s blood pressure, you can opt for the less exciting version. If, however, caffeine is not a problem for you, you can go for the gold. Since both coffee & tea contain caffeine naturally, they must undergo a process to remove it. The decaffeination process whether for beans or leaves, takes some of the flavor with it so plan to buy a better grade of coffee & tea when you want the caffeine out.
It’s ironic that the caffeine twins are associated with comfort and relaxation while depressants like beer are considered party beverages. Just remember to keep a caffeine-free version of your favored hot drink if you’re likely to take an extra cup or two or if you might brew a pot close to bedtime. And if you don’t want to invest in a better grade of decaffeinated coffee & tea, you can always add a bit of flavor to make up the difference. Check the coffee & tea aisle in the supermarket for flavored stirrers or other ideas.
AM or PM
Many people stick to just coffee or only tea while others drink coffee & tea at different times of day. A fragrant pot of coffee is usual at breakfast time. The aroma is as stimulating as the coffee itself. Tea makes a welcome break in the afternoon accompanied by something from the oven or a light sandwich.
Coffee & tea are sometimes divided by gender as well as time of day. Coffee is the man’s drink, served with a newspaper while a flowered porcelain pot of tea is the picture of milady’s genteel tastes. In reality, strong mugs of tea are preferred by men all over the world and there’s no shortage of women who gather for a ladies afternoon with coffee.
Hot or cold, man or woman, flavored or plain, caffeinated or not, coffee & tea are possibly the best part of the best part of the day.