Coffee and Tea
By edconzel on Sep 12, 2007
A couple of things I enjoy is a good cup of tea or coffee. If you like coffee and no one else in your house does, it is not practical to make a pot of coffee just for one person. I found this thing that makes a single serving and makes really good coffee. It is called the Aeropress. Oddly, it is from the the company that makes the Aerobie, the Frisbee-like disc that flies a long way. The Aeropress web site has a lot of customer reviews and you can also some reviews from Google. I have used it for a long time and would highly recommend it to anyone. Using Starbucks coffee, you can brew a cup that tastes really close to the real thing in a Starbucks store. Recently, my wife talked me into buying a Keurig B60 coffeemaker. I have only had it a few days, but so far it is working good. I am not sure it makes better coffee than the Aeropress, but I will withhold judgement until I have had more coffee time with it.
One thing I do know already, though, is that it does not make tea as well as loose tea or even good tea bags. The K Cup tea choices are limited and the ones I have tried so far have not been very good. I am a bit of a tea geek and like to have good tea. It is hard to beat a good loose leaf tea. My favorite place to buy loose leaf tea is Adagio Teas. My favorite type of tea is Darjeeling, but I will take a good Ceylon. It may sound crazy, but I can tell the difference in the taste of a India-grown Darjeeling and a Chinese-grown Darjeeling. India-grown is way better. Even though loose leaf tea is the best, it is not always convenient to use, so tea in bags is the obvious choice. Most tea in bags are of a lesser quality. Some, though, like Tazo, is pretty good. Tazo is sold in grocery stores and also in Starbucks. Tazo did sell a very good Darjeeling, but has since discontinued it. The next best choice is Tazo Awake. It is a Ceylon tea that is very good and probably my favorite tea in a tea bag. In a pinch, Lipton tea in a tea bag is ok. It has a similar astringency of a good tea. I know green tea is trendy, but I don't like it as much.