Back in college: "Milk 'til it's white, sugar 'til it crunches."
After graduation, I quickly (within a year) lost my taste for the sugar. But a tablespoon of whole milk in a mug of regular (American) strength coffee is just right.
By the way, you should see the look I get at a Starbucks (when I can't find a Caribou Coffee*) when I order a plain coffee instead some "double caf half skim extra whipped cream vente macchiatto with cinnamon".
* Consumer Reports did a coffee taste test not too long ago comparing nationally available brands. Caribou came in number 1 while Starbucks was a ways down the list. IIRC, according to the them, even Dunkin' Donuts has better coffee than Starbucks. I think I'm going to set up a taste test between Caribou and Starbucks for some co-workers.
Can you really call it a coffee when you add hundred of condiments or cream or anything in it? I guess when you are comparing coffee to coffee shouldn't it be plain coffee to plain coffee or coffee with extras against coffee with extras. In the later case I guess it comes to the way they prepare. [ April 06, 2006: Message edited by: Anupam Sinha ]
Originally posted by Dave Lenton: ...I know this may be considered heresy, but I don't actually like the flavour of coffee.
That was me. Until my early 30's, I never drank coffee.
But then I got sick one winter. It was 6:30 AM -- pitch dark and 15 degrees below zero (F) -- and I was on my way to work. My throat was killing me. I drove past a coffee shop and thought, "Okay, I just need something HOT." I was rather "taken" by the woman who managed the shop, and I quickly became a regular there. Of course, nothing ever came of it. She moved out of state a few months later, leaving me a caffeine addict.
After espresso, the only way to make coffee is with a French press. Ummmmummmm.....
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Originally posted by marc weber: I was rather "taken" by the woman who managed the shop, and I quickly became a regular there. Of course, nothing ever came of it. She moved out of state a few months later, leaving me a caffeine addict.
I wonder how much of the population of the West are now caffeine addicts. What would happen if a disease wiped out coffee plants?! Probably an international disaster.
The problem I have is that because I don't drink tea or coffee, my tolerance for caffeine is very low. Often tablets to take if you have a cold contain caffeine - if I take one of those then I can't sleep for hours afterwards. Similarly, when I have my once a year cup of tea on an aeroplane (its the only free drink!) I become incapable of sitting still for more then a minute - any caffeine makes it impossible to relax.
An overdose of caffeine can result in a state termed caffeine intoxication or caffeine poisoning. Its symptoms are both physiological and psychological. Symptoms of caffeine intoxication include: restlessness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushed face, diuresis, muscle twitching, rambling flow of thought and speech, paranoia, cardiac arrhythmia or tachycardia, and psychomotor agitation, gastrointestinal complaints, increased blood pressure, rapid pulse, vasoconstriction (tightening or constricting of superficial blood vessels) sometimes resulting in cold hands or fingers, increased amounts of fatty acids in the blood, and an increased production of gastric acid. In extreme cases mania, depression, lapses in judgment, disorientation, loss of social inhibition, delusions, hallucinations and psychosis may occur.
Its so clear now - Meaningless Dribble is a side effect of too much caffeine in the work place! [ April 10, 2006: Message edited by: Dave Lenton ]