Often, I go to coffee shops to write. Today as I sit in one of my favorite coffee shops, I ponder the difference between coffee and tea drinkers. I offer my thoughts on the subject.
From my experience coffee drinkers can’t start their day without their morning cuppa Joe. For some, it’s a whole pot of coffee! There are rules one must abide by when interacting with a coffee drinker. Most importantly, one must not try to have meaningful conversation with a coffee drinker until after the first cup. Another rule is that for true coffee connoisseurs, only the personal favorite brand, brewing method, temperature, etc. is allowable. Some lightweight coffee drinkers will only drink the brew in the morning to get them going or as a social drink later on. Many coffee participants have to be careful about the caffeine content and so will go to decaf later in the day. To serious coffee drinkers, this is unacceptable! Coffee without caffeine is not true coffee and should not be tolerated by any trained coffee lover. Pity the poor soul who thinks this is an acceptable option.
On the other hand, tea drinkers drink tea in the mornings mainly for the soothing flow of hot flavored liquid felt as it goes down the throat all the way to the stomach. It’s not so much of a caffeine thing as it is habitual comfort. A serious tea drinker can be just as much a snob about particular teas and brewing methods as a coffee drinker. The morning coffee rule does not apply to tea drinkers. You may talk to them whenever you want. Serious tea drinkers are more open to non caffeine alternatives than coffee drinkers because the primary reason for the tea is the comfort of the tea flow through the body. Herbal teas are an acquired taste, but are acceptable as a late night option or the only option for those staying away from caffeine.
There is a third group of conflicted souls. These are the coffee/ tea drinkers. They clearly love coffee and need it in the morning, but because of the caffeine sensitivity thing, and knowing the decaf is not an option, they have adapted to tea later in the day. I admire these people the most. They have made the switch the other side instead of settling for an inferior product. Bravo!
I probably should acknowledge a fourth group of people who actually like coffee and tea equally. These are people who make good friends. They are usually very agreeable and get along with most everyone.
To coffee and tea lovers everywhere – enjoy!