Me, Myself and I Reflections

Coffee or Tea #FridayReflections

June 2, 2017

As someone from a south Indian background, I grew up with parents who drank both tea and coffee. The aroma of filter kaapi, as it is commonly known, enticed me since a young age. Sadly, I was not allowed to drink it until about high school and even then, it was only as a treat with barely any coffee and a lot of milk.

Once I got to college, I made a fantastic discovery. I added a bit of the coffee decoction to my Milo and it was the best thing ever! I would drink it at night while studying. Of course, later on, I found out there was something known as mocha which I had apparently not invented. My parents also began to allow me to drink coffee in the mornings. Life was good.

Somehow though, I never got hooked on to chai. Once again, this was something my parents would make every day but the ginger-cardamom-clove scent never did it for me. Neither did the taste. So I stuck to my coffee.

The hardest thing of moving out of home, out of India, was giving up filter kaapi and substituting it with instant coffee. The difference? It’s like drinking mud.

I was disappointed. But with uni and needing late nights, I became dependent on the crap coffee just for the caffeine hit. At one stage, I was having 7 cups a day. Because that’s how much was needed to get a bit of a hit. After completing uni, finding work, and eventually moving to my unit seven years ago, I bought a coffee machine. Not one of those fancy Nespresso ones but rather, one of the drip filter coffee ones. You know, the ones where they have the carafe like in FRIENDS?

It was a big difference from the instant crap. But it is still not as good as filter kaapi. I do love my lattes but I tend to have those on weekends or when I am desperately tired. Most mornings though, it’s my drip coffee.

I still haven’t picked up the taste for chai but in the last couple of years or so, I have grown to love herbal teas. Peppermint. Rooibos. Fruit tisanes. Love them all. In fact, I have at least ten different types of herbal teas and enjoy them most nights, most days at work and weekends. Surprisingly now, I drink more tea than coffee.

It’s funny how things change with age. It feels like more of a balance.

I start my day with a coffee and end it with cups of herbal tea.

What about you? Coffee or tea?

Do share!

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  • Reply Bellybytes June 2, 2017 at 6:42 AM

    Hey Sanch I too like both coffee and tea at different times of the day!

  • Reply Shailaja Vishwanath June 2, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Tea all the way here! I could never stand the taste of coffee despite growing up in a traditional Tam brahm home. But I do understand how it must have been for you after years of filter coffee to drink the other type.

    I love herbal tea too. I love all tea except the milky ones. Okay now I’m tempted to write and link up this week 😉
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  • Reply Pratikshya June 2, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    I love coffee and tea almost equally… Tea in the mornings .. coffee in the evenings … The other way round… Though access to filter coffee is only in Cafes and foodcourts .. at home I satisfy myself with instant coffee. Tea is heaven- that aromatic ginger tea or black pepper tea in winter mornings is one of my favorites…

  • Reply Ness June 2, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    I would love to try kaapi. I’ve tried a so-called Indian spiced tea at a restaurant years ago. Not sure if it was truly authentic, but I liked it. I’m mostly a cuppa tea girl, but I do love a cappucino when I’m out.

  • Reply Nabanita Dhar June 2, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Not much of a coffee or tea person. Never was one. But I do enjoy filter kaapi ever once in a while tea for me is just to dip biscuits or cakes. Ginger tea is preferred mostly. My sister, though, loves coffee and tea so much so that she sometimes wants it at 10 at night!
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  • Reply Adite Banerjie June 2, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Nice post, Sanchie. I discovered coffee late in life too. I had tried Nescafe but didn’t really care for it. And the milky version was simply ugh! Actually, the first time I ever had “real” coffee was a memorable experience. I was in Budapest and was given the espresso shot…. dark, thick and really really strong. And no milk! I thought I would pass out after having that. LOL. But strangely enough, I quite liked the taste and the aroma and have been a coffee addict ever since. Though strong espresso is still not my cup of tea! 😉

  • Reply The Unknown Journey Ahead June 2, 2017 at 8:20 PM

    Growing up, I drank a lot of black tea. I still drink it – iced in the summer, but in the wintertime, I head for chai. I also drink coffee, and I’m sorry to say I use the K-Cups (not sure if that’s what they are called in India – maybe they are called pods?) which make bleah coffee but are so easy.
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  • Reply John Holton June 3, 2017 at 3:39 AM

    Definitely coffee, although these days it’s decaf. We brew a pot of coffee in the AM and I drink it all day. I’m not a tea drinker, either hot or iced.

    Your filter Kaapi… Is that where you put the coffee in a filter and pour water over the grounds?

  • Reply Dashy June 4, 2017 at 3:39 AM

    It’s almost like a trend to drink both coffee and tea once in a day. I find a lot of people doing that, and it’s a good practice. I’ve taken a preference to tea though. Nice prompt this one! 😀
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  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues June 5, 2017 at 2:21 AM

    I’m an equal opportunities person! Love both tea and coffee and sometimes have too much of both!

  • Reply Sreesha June 8, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Ah! My parents always preferred tea (which I wasn’t allowed to have). Coffee (the instant kind) was also usually there at home, but rarely prepared. Once, during a summer vacation in Kerala, I tasted my grandpa’s black coffee, and loved it. I still try to make it at home sometimes – it cures my migraines – but I never seem to get the taste right.
    As for the traditional filter coffee, I first tasted it after moving to Bangalore and loved it. I’m also a fan of ginger tea. I love both equally, and hate having to choose. It’s interesting you mentioned herbal teas, cos I began to have them recently, and though I had my doubts at first (cos I hate green tea – absolutely hate it!) I now seem to like them quite a bit.
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    • Reply Sanch Writes June 8, 2017 at 8:36 PM

      I’m not the biggest fan of green tea either but I do my fruity teas, chocolate teas, rooibos and other tisanes 🙂

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