My poor husband had a vile and long day at work yesterday, and didn’t feel up to doing the shopping. We are out of coffee and milk. I’ve talked before about how I drink coffee AND tea. Two cups of coffee with milk and sugar has been my happy wake-me-up for decades.

TODAY is different, and I am drinking Queen Catherine. It was of course delicious, and really lovely with a buttered English muffin. No bitterness, that slight sweet smoke amazingly delectable.

BUT, I have to say, I am missing my coffee something terrible. Of course part of it is caffeine withdrawal. I’m headachey, cranky, and impatient. I would have to drink at least twice the QC to get to my coffee state (and that doesn’t take into account the tea I drink later in the day which adds even more caffeine). Part of it is that I’m missing the milk and sugar comfort. I think I would be pining much less for my coffee if I had a cozy Assam with milk and sugar instead of the austere QC.

I don’t even know what I’m trying to say! I am feeling very annoyed with my dependency on caffeine, milk and sugar…that’s for sure. This little morning of “doing without” is revealing. I felt very excited when I started appreciating my late morning and afternoon plain chinese teas, and maybe it’s time to take it a notch further? Maybe this will all be a distant memory once my husband goes to the store? We shall see…

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JacquelineM

I made another pot of QC and used a teaspoon of sugar in it. My disposition is improving. I must need sugar supplementation ;)

ashmanra

I always put milk and sugar in my QC if I am drinking it in the morning…in any morning tea for that matter! I just need the comfort, I suppose. I had a buttered English muffin today also, but with chocolate milk to cushion my tamoxifen and ibuprofen. Now it is time for tea!

LadyLondonderry

I can empathize. Caffeine addiction is tough, and I have yet to conquer it. So far the best I’ve done is confining coffee and black tea to mornings, switching to green tea after noon, and then going totally decaf after work.

Besides the caffeine addiction, the force of habit is strong. I too feel cranky when I have to drink my wake-up tea without my customary almond milk.

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JacquelineM

I made another pot of QC and used a teaspoon of sugar in it. My disposition is improving. I must need sugar supplementation ;)

ashmanra

I always put milk and sugar in my QC if I am drinking it in the morning…in any morning tea for that matter! I just need the comfort, I suppose. I had a buttered English muffin today also, but with chocolate milk to cushion my tamoxifen and ibuprofen. Now it is time for tea!

LadyLondonderry

I can empathize. Caffeine addiction is tough, and I have yet to conquer it. So far the best I’ve done is confining coffee and black tea to mornings, switching to green tea after noon, and then going totally decaf after work.

Besides the caffeine addiction, the force of habit is strong. I too feel cranky when I have to drink my wake-up tea without my customary almond milk.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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