Coffee? Tea? What to do!

This is not a post about which one I prefer, because I really like them both in different circumstances.

First of all, I believe that people who think coffee tastes bad just have never had good coffee. And that is sad. By the way, instant coffee is terrible. It tastes like death’s ass. Seriously.

This post was brought on by some happenings of today. Let me explain…

Without boring you with the details, I didn’t have time for coffee before work this morning. It was very sad. I don’t have coffee every morning, but I do have it often and it’s a nice way to perk up. It’s also quite delicious. It was clear I would have to settle on tea today, so I thought, there’s Irish Breakfast in the kitchen if I remember correctly, I’ll have some of that.

When I got to work and went to make my tea, I read the “decaf” label on the box just in time to stop opening the individual teabag package. I hope it’s clear by now: I was incredibly disappointed. While I do really like the taste of Irish Breakfast, the whole point was really the caffeine.

“Fine, I’ll just have PG Tips.” I acquired a box of 40 or 50 PG Tips black tea bags a while ago from someone who didn’t want it. I said that I would take it so that it wouldn’t be wasted. It’s sitting on a shelf in my office right now. So I went back to my desk and dropped one of their little pyramids in it.

It has now been officially decided: I hate PG Tips. I don’t know what it is about this tea, but it makes me feel physically sick when I drink it. Before today I had only noticed it happening when I had a cup of coffee soon before, so I thought it was just the combination that didn’t agree with me. Now I know that was not the case. Rather, some quality of PG Tips black tea makes me feel like throwing up about 80% of the times I drink it.

I hate to give bad reviews; the stuff I want to complain about always seems so circumstantial. If I’ve been to a restaurant several times and it’s sucked every time, I just don’t go there or recommend it to my friends. I’m not going to waste time slamming them on yelp or in a blog post. What does that actually accomplish? Do yelp reviews actually affect a place’s business? I’m seriously asking. Anyone know?

Well, that was a digression. As I was saying, I hate to give bad reviews, but I am completely done with this product. I still have a fair number of teabags left in this box and I’m pretty sure I’m going to throw them away. I can’t drink that stuff anymore, I hate the sensation I get afterward — and I’m not going to keep it if I’m not going to drink it. I would offer it to someone else, but … considering how little I like it, why would I want to make someone else experience that?

Although the monkey guy on their website, if you go to it, is pretty funny.


I’m just going to stick to what I know. Trader Joe’s brand tea, Twinings, Stash, Adagio. Give me some Lapsang Souchong.

Posted on January 29, 2013, in Blog, Coffee, Food and Drink and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’ve taken to making favored teas. I don’t like favored coffee at all, but I do like the teas. I go to a shop that sells loose tea, and I use these little tea-envelopes, called a t-sac, to put it in.

    With most teas I have to eat something sweet along with it. But with these favors I can drink it alone. I’m having Creme Brulee right now.

    Next time you come down here, or if you let me know what kind of teas you like, I’ll get you some.

    “Do yelp reviews actually affect a place’s business?” My guess is yes. But I myself listen to what friends say, or if no one has been to a place, I give it one chance.

  2. How long did you steep the tea for? With some black teas much over 3 minutes and they can be a little hard on the stomach.

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