Switching sides

Adel Gabot



Surprise! I’ve given up on my favorite beverage—coffee—and taken to drinking tea these days.

Yeah, hard to believe, right?

Me, who’s experimented endlessly with different coffee makers of varying shapes and costs, and have tried endless varieties and blends of coffee beans from all over the world for years and years, eventually settling on an Aeropress and my beloved Barako and sticking with it for over a decade now.

Me, the die-hard coffee fanatic.

I used to have five to six cups of the stuff every single day: two for breakfast, one mid-morning sometimes, definitely one after lunch, one in the mid-afternoon, and a final cup at the end of the day. After all these years, I don’t think caffeine has effect on me at all anymore; I fall asleep just as easily as if I didn’t drink it at all, anytime.

I don’t know how this tea thing started. I just found myself occasionally drinking a cup, just to be different, and found myself liking it more and more. Pretty soon, I found that I now preferred it to coffee, all things being equal. I liked Earl Gray in particular, but can settle for a simple, generic cup of plain, brisk Lipton as well.

I’ve given up on my Starbucks fix and instead opt for a cuppa tea more often now, and my baristas are starting to wonder about me. Since when?

I like it for the sheer simplicity of preparing it. Just boil some water, put some in a cup, then dunk a teabag in for three minutes. If you want to get fancy about it, add some milk and a bit of sugar, but I prefer it plain.

I like the taste of tea, and the clean experience, both in preparing it and actually drinking it. As opposed to the coffee thing: boil some water, drop some beans in the grinder, put the fresh grounds in the Aeropress, do the routine of pouring the hot water in it and then pressing it into a mug, then throwing the used grounds out and cleaning the whole thing up. (Besides, I like the fact that it’s much cheaper, too!)

Last month, I bought a couple of big boxes of Lipton teabags, and I’m quickly working my way through the first one. I use three or four teabags everyday, but I’m thinking of just brewing a big batch that I can drink from the whole day while I work.

Oh, I still drink coffee. A cup in the morning with breakfast. Old habits die hard. But that’s it. From here on in until breakfast the next day, it’s tea, baby. All the way.

At least that’s how it is now. So please excuse me while I have my one single coffee of the day with my breakfast.

Now back to regular programming.

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