Monday, December 10, 2018

Morning Fix & an Imposter


For whatever reason, caffeine no longer agrees with me. I have gone from a few (complimentary, I might add) cups a day at my former office job to using caution when ordering iced tea at restaurants. No refills, please. Don’t feel bad, though, my caffeine intake really isn’t missed.

A few years ago I found a fruity green tea that seemed interesting. And boy, howdy, is it ever refreshing served over ice, even better than hot. To make a box last longer I first steep a plain green tea bag in a small amount of boiling water for two minutes.

The Good Stuff
Then I swap out the bags and let the concoction sit for as long as I can stand. More time equals stronger flavor, of course, not that it needs any help in that department.

It would seem I’m not the only area resident who is a fan. Sometimes the shelf is empty of this particular flavor. During this last shortage, my dutiful husband waited while I perused other brands.

At last I selected a Lipton product boasting the same fruits. No. Never again. That stuff tasted synthetic. Yet the box boasted ‘more fruit flavor’ than before. Odder still is the fact it contains soy.

Why?

I tried various ways to make it palatable to no avail. Doubling up on that instead of using plain green to use them up faster, I ended up tossing out the last three bags. For me, that’s rare. It bothers me letting any food stuffs go to waste.

Have you ever had anything açaí flavored?

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15 comments:

  1. I would say "no" to the acai, but to avoid it and believe I dislike it, I must have tried it sometime in the past!
    I drink lots and lots of decaf iced tea (although tea has less than coffee to begin with), only black tea though. I did have it hot yesterday (getting a cough) with a tiny candy cane melted in! I used to get wrapperless, tagless, stringless bags of Tetley, but the store expanded their tea area and replaced it with others. I use a Mr. Coffee iced tea maker, and I hate, hate, hate taking the time to unwrap the bags and tear off the tags! There's a first world problem right there! Plus, the tagged ones have staples, so I can't compost them. My daughter's fancy tea bags are tied or knotted, so no staples.

    For hot I drink homemade cocoa. Every morning in fact!

    The soy in tea is the common stabilizer in processed foods, soy lecithin. It keeps ingredients from clumping together. I wouldn't think tea needed that though!

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    1. Homemade cocoa? Nice! And thanks for that information. I bet the 'increased fruit flavor' in this 'new and improved' (not!) version requires a stabilizer.

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  2. I can't do caffeine either. I don't miss it. I can relate. Although, I never got into tea. Sorry your brand is sold out. Perhaps you need to let your store know they need to order more.

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  3. Isn't it strange how our body change over time. I had no trouble with dairy and now it gives me trouble.

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    1. Oh, no! I'm sorry for you. We are thankful in this house to have no food allergy issues. Take care!

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  4. I have not tried that flavor. I like plain old coffee with milk, no flavors. :)

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    1. Interesting. When I did drink coffee, I was fond of hazelnut flavoring. Heh... Be well!

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    1. I drank strawberry flavored milk today! That was a blast from the past. Be well!

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  6. I tried a refresher tea at Starbucks with acai and something else. It was okay, too sweet.

    I have made tea using acai, tazo passion, orange teas together with something else. it was good.

    Just over from Liz. A (laws of gravity). I enjoyed your post/site.

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    1. Making your own blend is cool! Thank you for stopping by. It's always nice meeting new folks.

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  7. I can't drink more than two cups of coffee and it must be weak because if I go out to breakfast and drink restaurant coffee, I get horribly buzzed. It's uncomfortable. So I stick with water mostly. I love tea in the evening, have not tried tea infused with those flavors. How, I wonder, do they infuse the leaves with flavors in the first place. I watched a video once on tea leaf harvests and maybe the flavor infusing, but I don't recall. I also, like Lisa, sometimes, this time of year, stick a candy cane in the tea, to use as a stir stick and to dissolve into it.

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    1. I found this on how flavors are added to tea leaves: https://www.teaclass.com/lesson_0201.html

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    2. I feel you. Restaurant coffee makes me sick to my stomach somehow. And thank you for the link! Be well, my dear.

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