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Why Do You Choose Between Coffee, And Tea?

Updated on April 8, 2013
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Coffee, Or Tea?

People are product of their environment. Their likes, dislikes, traditions, culture and believe system are all shaped by their experience in life, and the society around them. A simple and obvious example is what you see people eat, and drink in different society. So it is not surprising that even picking simple things like coffee, or tea, could be the influence of where we are raised, and what the society we are in.

Tea, and coffee, what wonderful beverages. And, for me, it's a difficult choice to make specially if you have been influenced by your surrounding to appreciate both. Growing up between England and USA with different likes, and dislikes, different food, and culture it was only natural that I would be exposed to both.

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England:

Memories of childhood, afternoon tea, obviously in England, was my fav time of the day. Center table set with cucumber sandwiches, scones, and muffins, and sponge cake, jam, and Devonshire clotted cream! And of course tea pot with its tea cozy, and dainty china tea cups. My interest was not so much on the tea, but what was around it. My eldest sister, who was already married at that time, used to make sure we have fresh everything from the bakery. It was the younger siblings job to run down to the corner bakery down the hill and grab the freshest bake goods everyday around 3:30, what memories! An English tradition in a foreign household!

Tea had to be made properly with lose leaves, or brand tea bags. Water has to be boiling, really boiling when it hits the leaves! Milk has to be the right kind, pasteurized not just any milk. Tea is not tea if you made it any other way.

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Returning to America:


So after all that I had a hard time adjusting to the 'tea' in the States..... Firstly any leaves, or flowers (??) that is brewed is called tea here!! And the regular tea didn't taste like tea at all, it tasted bland, the milk wasn't right, can't drink tea in a mug! I missed the English tea!!

Then I joined the work force. America, a land of freedom, and coffee drinkers. 'America runs on Dunkin' , or should I say America runs on Coffee'. Every morning everyone went off to coffee break.
'Coming'
'No thanks, I don't drink coffee'.
Got the Wired looks from my coworkers, "She doesn't drink coffee?!" came the whispers.

With much persuasion, and coaxing, I learned to hang around with the guys at the coffee room. At first, I couldn't stand the smell of coffee. Tea doesn't have that strong, bitter smell. Oh, how I missed my 'English tea'!

Changing with Time:


I become a social drinker, and would drink with people at work, parties, cafes, etc. Then came the time when I went out and bought my first coffee machine from Macy's. Buying Gourmet flovered coffee became a norm. I WAS hooked! How life changes..... From a tea drinker to a coffee drinker, to the point that I couldn't start my day without having my first MUG of coffee! Yes, it has to be a Mug! After I left my job, I became friends with a group of ladies that enjoyed having coffee mornings every week. From tea time to coffee mornings!

We, the human race, don't like breaking our old traditions that much. So, I took the new world's coffee and made it a routine in the morning, and the old world's tradition, my English Tea, became an afternoon Favorite!

A new tradition is born every minute!

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      Matthew Kirk 5 years ago from Liverpool

      Nothing quite like a cucumber sandwich a cup of tea and a scone with clotted cream and jam.

      Interestingly tea doesn't taste nice to me unless its in a bag (twinnings!!), that because of my personal environment though I suppose!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Yes, you are right, nothing like those tea time goodies. Unfortunately, I haven't found anything that can take the place of clotted cream here :(

      I prefer tea bags too! Anyway, thank you for reading my hub, and your comment.

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      I am a tea person. PG Tips is my favorite black tea a spot of milk and 1/4 tsp sugar = heaven. I drink green too, all of the time. Great hub. Voted up and shared.

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      rave1432 5 years ago from Rome, GA

      I am a tea person, I like a lot of different types of tea. I like the seasonal ones that you can get at walmart for winter. I like coffee as well, but not as much as tea. To me tea just seams better for you, as long as you don't drown it in sugar.

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      Tania Shipman 5 years ago

      I'm an Australian and I love my tea and I love my coffee. Coffee in the morning, tea is often for when I need comfort. Lady Grey is my favourite tea

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      Matthew Kirk 5 years ago from Liverpool

      You're right Tania! Tea is for comfort! A nice cup of twinning everyday when you get in from the rain and a rich tea haha!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      @kimberly, PG tips, my favorite too! It's hard to find them here, but my sister always brings them from the UK for me, lol....

      @Rave, yes, that is the American way, seasonal tea. My husband also likes the seasonal tea, but he is coming around, hehe.

      @tania, Maybe I should move to Australia, my kind of people, lol..... Yes, tea is a comfort drink, at anytime of the day, Matt!

      Thanks all for leaving your comments. Appreciate it!

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      rave1432 5 years ago from Rome, GA

      @LaThing, I like all kinds of teas, all around the year. I just mean it is just neat when I can get some ginger bread tea in a special time of year. I have to special order tea online because the stores here don't sell good herbal tea, I forgot to put that in.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for the clarification. :)

      I do drink those special tea, also, on special occasions though. Tea, overall, is a very refreshing drink, and I find it to be lighter than coffee. That's why I save my coffee for the mornings ;)

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      @LatThing I buy mine at Fresh and Easy Foods or Cost Plus World Food Market if you have one near you. Also some Indian stores have them.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      We have 'whole Food Market' near us, it's a health food store, but never saw PG tips there. Our regular grocery store does carry twinnings though!

      Thanks for the info.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      Being from the south, I drink my tea ice cold. Being from Florida, I add a slice of lime. Northern southerners use lemon, but limes are more plentiful and cheaper here, and the flavor is more complex and satisfying.

      As far as coffee goes, I too got hooked at work. Sometimess you can only say it in a song. This is by the old local band The Puzzlers.

      http://youtu.be/zYNVsmt01m4

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol, Yes, ice tea! It took a while for me to get use to that one. And that song..... Where did you find that, just listening to it I feel like I am getting high on caffeine lol ..... :)

      Thanks for your comments, it's always good to hear from you.

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      MizBejabbers 5 years ago

      I don't choose between tea and coffee, I love them both! It is hot gourmet coffee from Fresh Market we make in a French Press in the morning -- black, no c&s. And being a Southerner, iced tea is a staple in the summertime -- sweet tea with lemon, of course. I do put lime in it sometimes, but I prefer lemon. I do drink hot tea in the winter and if I have coffee in the afternoon, I like it like a dessert with flavored cream and sugar. So I feel like I get the best of both. We Southerners do love our iced tea, but it was born of necessity. I can't imagine drinking hot tea on a 100 degree day before the advent of air conditioning. If my AC isn't working, I'll grab an iced tea or a coke rather than a hot cup of coffee in the morning. Iced coffee, well, I'll drink it occasionally, but I really haven't gotten used to it.

      Your description of an English tea makes me want to experience one, a real one in England. Thanks for a great descriptive hub.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Yes, ice tea is very refreshing! And I believe southerners drink it more than us up here in the North. Although, it is getting popular here. Reach for the ice tea rather then soda! :)

      You should try English Tea IN England, big difference! And a good excuse to go visit ....

      Appreciate you comments, thanks a bunch!

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      That band used to play it live all the time. The pocket trumpet really perculates.

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      Angela Kane 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I like coffee and tea so some days I just drink both. I like my coffee in the morning and my tea at night. Good article, voted up and interesting.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      @Angela, thanks for the comment, and the vote. Glad you liked it.

      :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I can't seem to break away from that first cup of morning coffee, but I have become a tea drinking any other time during the day, particularly in cool weather. Interesting hub, voted up.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi Pamela, you sound like me! I have to have my coffee in the morning, but any other time it's tea. Thanks for your vote, appreciate it!

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      Lisas-thoughts101 5 years ago from Northeast Texas

      LaThing,

      I am a southerner also so my tea is iced but with lemon. I have a Keurig coffee maker and I couldn't do without my cup of coffee every morning. We are creatures of habit aren't we? Very astute and interesting hub. Enjoyed.

      Lisa

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi Lisa,

      Yes, aren't we creatures of habit! lol.....

      Thank you for reading my hub. I am glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I love drinking tea and coffee. Many times I blend 3 or 4 different herbal teas together for a special taste. sometimes I mix my tea with coffee or hot chocolate. I often mix tea, coffee, and hot chocolate together. Either way I drink it, I love both tea and coffee. I thought your hub was interesting. I voted it up and interesting!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      I love coffee and hot chocolate!! I didn't think anyone else did that, lol.... Have to try your Herbal mix someday. Thanks for the comment, and vote!

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      Daniel Christian 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Interesting and up. I am an avid tea drinker. I have more than 10 different flavors and I drink several cups a day. My mom drinks 3 cups of black coffee a day. I just never got into it!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for the vote, and the comment. My parents always drank tea, but I became a coffee drinker, and still like my tea in the afternoon. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've always been a tea drinker. Never a fan of coffee. Most days I will start with black tea in the a.m, green tea in the afternoon and then in the evening white tea. 3 cups of tea a day. Guaranteed to make me smile. Now this hub is my cuppa tea! :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey, Linda! Great to see you here..... So you are a tea drinker! I like the way you have the three different types of tea at three different times of the day...... I love both, but have to have my coffee in the morning :)

      Thanks for the comment, see you around. Hugs from here!

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