Sunday, September 18, 2005

Coffee or Tea?

Now that the weather is cooling, I'm making another stab at caffeine-free living.

I'll admit it: the Kroger version of Diet Coke is my morning and afternoon pick-me-up.

Many bloggers are boycotting Starbucks lately. Kim C. from Life In A Shoe has developed a frugal recipe for homemade iced coffee to fill what she dubs "that frappucino-shaped void."

I'm not a coffee woman, but Kim's delicious description is tempting.

In college, I worked as a concierge at a luxurious historic hotel. One of my morning duties was displaying breakfast, which included a giant chest full of exotic teas, an urn of piping hot water, and the full complement of sugar cubes, cream, and lemon wedges.

I staggered the cups and saucers just so, lining up a perfect row of teaspoons to the side. I left the hotel with an appreciation of tea as an art, but never developed a taste for myself.

I found a little teapot and cup for one at a yard sale this summer. Let's hope I can use it to replace those Diet Cokes with a much nicer habit.


Anonymous said...

Being the Southern Girl that I am, I drink A LOT of sweet tea. In an attempt to be a bit more healthy I've switched to decaffinated tea bags and have played around with Splenda instead of sugar.
All Splenda did something wierd to the tea. It seemed weaker. I've found that 3/4 Splenda and 1/4 sugar is a good mix for me. I still get sugar, but not nearly as much as I was.

Next I need to see if I can cut back on the tea and drink water instead.

Meredith said...

Kristy, I feel your pain. :) Water is the ultimate frugal beverage.