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Question: How do you like your tea?
Southern style (iced and very sweet) - 10 (21.3%)
With milk - 8 (17%)
With spices - 1 (2.1%)
With lemon - 10 (21.3%)
Other (please share) - 18 (38.3%)
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« on: May 22, 2008, 02:05:53 PM »

Hey y'all,

Now that summer's here (in the U.S. that is), I thought I'd talk about the humble tea leaf (or at least the way in which we use it).  I'm pretty sure tea is consumed all over the world and in many different ways, but here in the Southern regions of the U.S. we like it ice cold and very sweet!  As for me, in addition to Southern style, in the winter I like it the way Indians and Pakistani's drink it- with milk, sugar, and cardamom spice.  So for all y'all teadrinkers, how do you like yours?  Also, I understand that certain cultures make such a fuss over their tea that they've actually got quite a ceremony which I've always thought was really cool and interesting.  If any y'all celebrate your tea with a ceremony, please feel free to share that also!

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2008, 02:11:14 PM »

Cranberry juice and black tea are wonderfully refreshing and take away a sugar craving in a flash.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2008, 02:22:06 PM »

Right about now is the beginning of iced tea season, which lasts until October. Then we have hot tea season. Both are excellent with sugar and honey, and I sometimes use milk in certain black teas. Green tea, though, should always be drunk hot and straight.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2008, 02:30:12 PM »

Green tea, though, should always be drunk hot and straight.
Oh yeah, I completely forgot about green tea.  I usually just use Lipton or Luzianne, but when I have guests over I bring out the Earl Grey (cold and sweet of course). Wink

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2008, 02:39:26 PM »

I do like the Earl Grey, but Mrs. Y says its taste is too sharp, so we usually buy Twining's Lady Grey tea instead. It has a flavor very similar to Earl Grey, but it is much milder. Very good hot or cold.
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2008, 02:39:57 PM »

Not much of a tea drinker, but I'll drink (Arizona brand) diet green tea every once in a while.
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2008, 02:44:39 PM »

Ah, glorious tea.  My favorites are iced unsweetened (sorry to all my Southern friends... I'm a Yankee when it comes to iced tea), any sort of black hot tea with a bit of honey, or any of the herbal infusions available out there.  Really, I'll drink just about anything except for Red Zinger.  I can handle Earl Grey, but it's not one of my favorites.  Mr. Y is right, the bergamot in Earl Grey is just a little too much for me.  I never liked Chai before I had homemade Chai from some of our Indian friends.  It beats the pants off the dry mixed stuff.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2008, 03:11:33 PM »

Favorite brand: Bigelow Constant Comment (oh, that glorious Orange flavor).

Generally, with Lemon and Honey is best, and when the throat is sore, a nice cup of Throat Coat with Honey and Metaxa does the trick...
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2008, 03:36:39 PM »

I'm from Texas where iced sweet tea is the year round beverage of choice.  But I also love hot Earl Grey with honey. 

I had the oddest experience with tea during the last 2 1/2 years.  In about 2006 I started having massive cravings for iced tea and was drinking about 2 to 3 quarts a day with lime. Overwhelming cravings for tea and limes.  I'd be going through 5 or 6 limes a day (no problem with scurvy, I'll tell you).  I'd put a whole lime in a glass of tea and would just slice and eat them like an orange.  It was obsessive.  Just the sight of a lime would make my mouth water.   Then, last fall I got hospitalized for a racing heart beat and it turns out that all this time I was very anemic.  It was the anemia that partly caused the heart problems, plus the caffeine from all the tea, even though I was drinking decaf tea.  All the tea and lime cravings were due to anemia related pica.  I started taking iron pills and almost overnight my cravings stopped.   A very weird tea experience. 
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2008, 03:40:21 PM »

^Wow, interesting.  Tea with lime is very good, I agree!
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2008, 03:44:19 PM »

I like Irish Breakfast Tea hot with sugar and cream in the morning

Iced Tea sweet and syrupy for lunch and dinner.

Herbal tea with a little honey for bedtime.

Black Tea with a honey and lemon and Whiskey when I have a cold.

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« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2008, 03:46:57 PM »

Black Tea with a honey and lemon and Whiskey when I have a cold.

Grandpa's Cough Syrup!  Mmmmmm...
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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2008, 03:50:18 PM »

I love the bergamont in Earl Grey. But my FAVORITE tea is an Earl GREEN tea. I buy it bulk at Wholefoods. Combine an Earl tea with cran and it is yummalicious.
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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2008, 03:52:59 PM »

My favorite is hot tea brewed not from tea bags but from tea leaves taken from a box, the way tea is sold in the countries of the former USSR. You warm a small porcelain pot (metal pots are not that good), put a certain number of teaspoonfulls of tea leaves in it (this number is the number of those who will drink the tea plus one), and cover the leaves with boiling water. Put the lid on and wait 5-10 minutes, then serve.

Indian or Ceylon (Shri Lanka) teas are the best. Nothing sold in the US stores is nearly as good.
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2008, 04:03:34 PM »

We don't use tea bags either. We have a steeping tea pot that we pour boiling water into. It tastes much better than tea bag teas.
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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2008, 04:14:27 PM »

^Agreed, hot tea from a porcelain tea pot is the best.  Douglas Adams has a fun little essay on making the perfect cup of tea.  I believe it was in The Salmon of Doubt.
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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2008, 05:14:07 PM »

I honestly can't narrow my favorite tea down to one.
Earl Grey rocks, and have made ice tea from it time to time for years.  Then that South African red roobis, yes yes, not "tea" but still, that stuff is good.  The fancy grocery store here has tea in leaf form for sale, can't say I've made the move to that yet. 
I rarely ever drink coffee, ew gross.  Tea all the way!
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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2008, 05:16:45 PM »

^You may try getting an infuser mug that only makes one cup of tea at a time and try loose leaf tea that way.  Sometimes loose leaf can be really expensive so I hate to pour out a full pot after discovering I didn't like that particular tea.
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« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2008, 05:51:37 PM »

Nothing comes close to Lipton Iced Tea (with Lemon) in powered form.  Add water and ice cubes and one has the perfect drink for those hot and humid days.

Everything else is too sweet or too sour, except for Chamomile tea with honey.   Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2008, 05:55:53 PM »

Once you go loose tea you'll never go back to bags!!  I am an avid hot tea drinker (never cold, even though I am a born an bred Texan).  However, my mother-in-law makes a cold tea concoction she calls Ruby Red's Ice Tea which is quite refreshing.  It is a mixture of Pekoe tea, lemonade and cranberry juice.
    I have never cared for coffee.  In the morning I have a cup of straight black tea (be it Assam, Keemun, Darjeeling, etc.) and in the afternoon I will have a cup of a blend of green teas.  My absolute favorite is a mixture of green oolong, gai pan, and a few pearls of jasmine infused at the last minute. Yum!!!
In the evening I sometimes have an herbal mix with green tea. I never put milk or any sweeteners in my tea!
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« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2008, 06:43:26 PM »

Has anyone ever tried Thai tea or Bubble Tea?  I'm not sure what type of tea goes into either, but Thai tea usually has a very distinct orange color.  It's thickened with condensed or coconut milk and very, very strong but also very good.  Bubble tea, another Asian concoction, is either shaken like an alcoholic drink is shaken (giving it it's millions of bubbles) or made like a frozen daqairi.  Neither bubble tea's are alcoholic, but they're both strong and have tapioca 'pearls' on the bottom that you suck up through a big straw.  There's a Vietnamese restaurant here in town that makes them really well.
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« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2008, 06:47:11 PM »

^I love Thai tea!  It's incredibly sweet but I love the introduction of coconut milk to tea.  And jasmine blossoms are really tasty too. 
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« Reply #22 on: May 22, 2008, 08:10:26 PM »

^You may try getting an infuser mug that only makes one cup of tea at a time and try loose leaf tea that way.  Sometimes loose leaf can be really expensive so I hate to pour out a full pot after discovering I didn't like that particular tea.

True!  I think I am going to do that next time I go over to this store.  They also have a spoon that holds enough leaves for one cup as well.

And thai tea is awesome too.  Off subject, but usually you get that at the places you have to speak Fratalian to order (anyone else see that dunkin' donut commerical?).
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« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2008, 08:23:18 PM »

I love southern sweet tea too! Recently I tried something new: rooibos orange spice, which is delicious hot or as iced tea.
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« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2008, 08:45:35 PM »

I love southern sweet tea too! Recently I tried something new: rooibos orange spice, which is delicious hot or as iced tea.

That sounds good.  What is the "spice?"  So many times you see "natural spices" listed as an ingredient.  Some folks say these labels really mean MSG. 

Sweet Southern Tea rocks.  Ok, I'll be back I'm going to get some Iced tea!

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« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2008, 08:51:59 PM »

Rooibos Orange Spice Tea Ingredients: rooibos leaves,cinnamon bark,orange peels,roasted chicory root,natural flavours,green anise seed,cloves (I hope there's no msg included!).

It is divine!
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« Reply #26 on: May 22, 2008, 10:39:07 PM »

Rooibos Orange Spice Tea Ingredients: rooibos leaves,cinnamon bark,orange peels,roasted chicory root,natural flavours,green anise seed,cloves (I hope there's no msg included!).

It is divine!

I don't know, I have seen a list of "other names" for msg that included "natural flavours" as one of them.  I don't know, perhaps one of our more chemist-type posters can riddle us with the answer what is a "natural flavor?"
Not hijacking the thread.  But the tea does sound good. 
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« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2008, 11:27:51 PM »

We still haven't heard from anyone who takes their tea really seriously like the Japanese.  Do the English and Australians still set aside time in the afternoons for their tea?
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« Reply #28 on: May 22, 2008, 11:35:26 PM »

I never liked Chai before I had homemade Chai from some of our Indian friends. 
I think 'chai' is the word used around most of the world for 'tea', although Americans associate it with Indian style.  My Romanian g/f as well as my old Turkish roommate both call tea 'chai'.
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« Reply #29 on: May 22, 2008, 11:35:26 PM »

^^You're kidding about whether the English or Australians take their tea seriously, right?

When I'd go to Britain and if I had the time, I'd drop by  a tea house around 4:00 or so, and do my best to get a chair by the window. I'd recharge my batteries with a hot tea laden with sugar and milk, along with a biscuit or two, and watch the people and traffic in the afternoon.

What a civilized way to pass the time!
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« Reply #30 on: May 22, 2008, 11:39:12 PM »

^^You're kidding about whether the English or Australians take their tea seriously, right?

When I'd go to Britain and if I had the time, I'd drop by  a tea house around 4:00 or so, and do my best to get a chair by the window. I'd recharge my batteries with a hot tea laden with sugar and milk, along with a biscuit or two, and watch the people and traffic in the afternoon.

What a civilized way to pass the time!
Sounds like my kinda afternoon!  Of course, I'm bit laid back and leisurely. Smiley  I don't remember where, but it seems I read somewhere that the English afternoon tea is slowly disappearing.  What a pity!
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« Reply #31 on: May 23, 2008, 12:25:49 AM »

Ok, no one can laugh at this but..... I finally noticed crumpets around here.  Actually they are pretty good. 
You always hear about "tea and crumpets" so we had to give it a go. 
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« Reply #32 on: May 23, 2008, 02:40:59 AM »

Once you go loose tea you'll never go back to bags!!  I am an avid hot tea drinker (never cold, even though I am a born an bred Texan).

 Shocked  Oh, Juliana!   For shame!  Wink

Seriously, y'all; as a fellow Texan once said, "I like my tea so sweet, if you run out of syrup, you can pour it over your pancakes."  And ice cold.

There are many reasons I love my wife, and every time I drink a glass of tea she's made I'm reminded of one of 'em.  That woman makes a mean sweet tea!

I have to say I'm woefully ignorant of other cultures' tea habits; in Latin America, siesta serves the purpose of what the English apparently have "tea time" for.  In our case, though was not served while we relaxed.
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« Reply #33 on: May 23, 2008, 04:54:04 AM »

My mom and I drink tea together whenever there's one available here in our groceries..

in our place we call the tea, "Nay Cha", (I think this is chinese, im not sure, but its what mom calls the tea)...
Its green tea mixed with an affluent portion of condensed milk..  Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: May 23, 2008, 09:13:24 AM »

I think 'chai' is the word used around most of the world for 'tea', although Americans associate it with Indian style.  My Romanian g/f as well as my old Turkish roommate both call tea 'chai'.

True.  Ya got me!   laugh
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I think 'chai' is the word used around most of the world for 'tea', although Americans associate it with Indian style.  My Romanian g/f as well as my old Turkish roommate both call tea 'chai'.

From an Etymology dictionary, the word "tea" has had many variations as it traveled through languages.

"1655, earlier chaa (1598, from Port. cha), from Malay teh and directly from Chinese (Amoy dialect) t'e, in Mandarin ch'a. The distribution of the different forms of the word reflects the spread of use of the beverage. The modern Eng. form, along with Fr. the, Sp. te, Ger. Tee, etc., derive via Du. thee from the Amoy form, reflecting the role of the Dutch as the chief importers of the leaves (through the Dutch East India Company, from 1610). First known in Paris 1635, the practice of drinking tea was first introduced to England 1644. The Port. word (attested from 1559) came via Macao; and Rus. chai, Pers. cha, Gk. tsai, Arabic shay and Turk. çay all came overland from the Mandarin form. " 

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=tea

And here is a very interesting link about the origin of the word in Chinese as "tu" and an ideogram like it "cha"
http://www.theteafaq.com/tea/information/tea-etymology.html


It seems that the "t/ch" sound moves around.


In Japan tea is "cha" or "O-cha"  and refers to green tea with the word being part of the names of different kinds such as "Matcha" finely rubbed or ground green tea and "Sencha", regular green tea.

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« Reply #36 on: May 23, 2008, 10:57:49 AM »

We still haven't heard from anyone who takes their tea really seriously like the Japanese. 

Pardner, in these here parts we take our tea drankin' dead serious, as long as you pour 'em cold and sweet.  Don't be talkin loco 'bout green tea in a small town cafe, cause they'll just think you're from Austin (i.e. liberal yankeefied yuppie), also known as the Babylon on the Colorado.
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From an Etymology dictionary, the word "tea" has had many variations as it traveled through languages...
Wow, Ebor.  You sure know your tea. Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: May 23, 2008, 12:41:11 PM »

Pardner, in these here parts we take our tea drankin' dead serious, as long as you pour 'em cold and sweet. 
Yes ma'am!  I didn't mean to 'fend ya none, I's just talkin 'bout folks who take their tea so seriously that they gotta have a ceremony just to have it.  Take the Japanese for example.  Them folks gotta get all gussied up in old time clothes 'n then they make and pour it real slow like.  Why, I hear tell they got all kinda rules 'fore you can even think about havin' some tea.  Now that's some serious bidness. 
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« Reply #39 on: May 23, 2008, 04:28:16 PM »

Yes ma'am!  I didn't mean to 'fend ya none, I's just talkin 'bout folks who take their tea so seriously that they gotta have a ceremony just to have it.  Take the Japanese for example.  Them folks gotta get all gussied up in old time clothes 'n then they make and pour it real slow like.  Why, I hear tell they got all kinda rules 'fore you can even think about havin' some tea.  Now that's some serious bidness. 

Ah, but that is the Cha-no-yu  the Tea Ceremony.  (and there are different Schools of Tea to boot). And there are different kinds of ceremony depending on the time of day, the season and more. 

But tea is also taken at any time of the day without ceremony as well. It is an accompaniment to sushi or other quick meals.  It is the traditional drink with Japanese sweets.  It is poured over rice at the end of some meals to make "ochazuki" (see the "ocha" in there?)  Then there's green tea 'aisu kurimu' - ice cream and green tea with roast barley and....  I can provide more information about this until people are crashing over sidewise at their computers in boredom if you really want to know  Cheesy

And persons of British extraction or experience certainly have rules of a proper tea.  My father was stationed in England during WWII and got a taste for good tea.  He does not use tea bags but strains the leaves as he pours and he likes it "strong enough to trot a mouse across" as the old Irish saying goes.  Wink

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« Reply #40 on: May 23, 2008, 04:42:09 PM »

Ah, but that is the Cha-no-yu  the Tea Ceremony.  (and there are different Schools of Tea to boot). And there are different kinds of ceremony depending on the time of day, the season and more. 

But tea is also taken at any time of the day without ceremony as well. It is an accompaniment to sushi or other quick meals.  It is the traditional drink with Japanese sweets.  It is poured over rice at the end of some meals to make "ochazuki" (see the "ocha" in there?)  Then there's green tea 'aisu kurimu' - ice cream and green tea with roast barley and....  I can provide more information about this until people are crashing over sidewise at their computers in boredom if you really want to know  Cheesy

And persons of British extraction or experience certainly have rules of a proper tea.  My father was stationed in England during WWII and got a taste for good tea.  He does not use tea bags but strains the leaves as he pours and he likes it "strong enough to trot a mouse across" as the old Irish saying goes.  Wink

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I was wondering when our resident Japanophile would shed some light on this intriging topic.  I don't think I've ever had real green tea before, but I have had several types of tea-flavored ice creams.  And for all y'all wondering- yes, they're very very good. Smiley
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« Reply #41 on: May 23, 2008, 06:31:39 PM »

I was wondering when our resident Japanophile would shed some light on this intriging topic.

hehehehe.  Now see, there's another reason that I get to stay here (from another thread where you asked) and  hang around until such time as an EO Japanophile takes the post.  Cheesy  Somebody has to do it and with me you get an Anglo-Saxon pedant as well.   Wink
 
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I don't think I've ever had real green tea before, but I have had several types of tea-flavored ice creams.  And for all y'all wondering- yes, they're very very good. Smiley

Green tea has become more popular and wide spread.  Our youngest child has had a small cup of cold green tea by his bed since he was small.  (yes, our children have unusual tastes)  so we always try to have some in the house as well as other teas since we have one adult who drinks coffee and tea and another who will only drink coffee in cases of dire-must-keep-awake-emergency with tea (black, oolong, jasmine, plain, flavoured with fruit or spice etc) as the drink of choice.

We get green tea at an oriental grocery store that has a variety of types and good prices. 

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« Reply #42 on: May 24, 2008, 12:17:20 AM »

I like to have tea with my sugar.
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« Reply #43 on: May 24, 2008, 12:51:08 AM »

I like to have tea with my sugar.
Me too.  And lots of ice. Smiley
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« Reply #44 on: May 24, 2008, 07:45:54 AM »

You will barely find an African-American who will drink tea unless it 'sweet'.

I grew to expect tea was to always be sweet and cold. This is very tastey. But it makes me thirsty!

In Ethiopia tea is sweet, sweet and served hot. There is a special spice that is put in the water. I do not know what it is. but it makes the tea very rich smelling and tasting. I like tea this way also.

In Ethiopia the tea is from India (the origin of tea drinking). Two or three blends are mixed to make what we call 'Kemim Shie'.

Not much ceremomy with Ethiopian tea drinking.

Coffee....well that is another story!

Our coffee drinking culture is extremely elaborate and beautiful with much ceremony and preparation. Rightly so since "coffee" (we say Bew'nah) originated in the 'Kaffer' region of Ethiopia.

I am mainly a coffee drinker. One 12 oz cup a day. After Church On Sunday I brew only Ethiopian bean from Harrar and drink it while burning incense. During the week I brew Ethiopian Sidamo which is very tangy, fruity bean; lite and smooth pallet. The Harrar is very bold, dark, black, aromatic, fragrant, full bodied....delicious! Harrar is "Ethiopian" coffee indeed as far as I am concerned. With the Harrar you can add as much milk as you want and the bld pallet will still dominate. Harrar is only for real coffee lovers. I drink it black and with organic, unbleached, cane sugar only. White processed sugar is missing the fiber root and flavor of the cane; as well as the texture that the natural sugar has and adds to beverages. If you use white sugar you will find it hard aty firts to adjust to natural sugar. But if you continue to try it you will find the natural sugar much more delicious and not just 'sweet'.

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