I never used to be a fan of iced coffee. For years, the thought of iced coffee was totally unappealing. Then a few years ago I experienced an iced coffee from someplace like Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds. It was the kind of iced coffee that was doctored up with caramel or vanilla, sweetener, and lots of cream.
Wow, after that I had a whole different relationship with iced coffee. It was like, iced coffee? Oh, definitely, yes, please!
Then I ran into someone who makes his own iced coffee at home every morning. Really? I said. How do you make it?
And then I got a quick-and-dirty tutorial.
1) Brew a pot of good strong coffee
2) Add your choice of sweetener to the pot while it’s still warm
3) Refrigerate the pot
4) When cold, pour over ice in a glass
5) Add creamer to taste
Now I make my own iced coffee at home almost every day. And I make them for my friends. They are ridiculously easy to make, and everyone loves them!
I serve iced coffees at my coffee shop. Lots of people like them.
I have always, always been a fan of tea. Probably because I grew up in a then-Commonwealth country and the British/Australian influence was very strong. Afternoon tea was de rigueur. My parents had many British and Australian friends, and any time we stopped at their houses for a visit, or dropped by their places of business, we were always offered a cup of hot tea. And most of us drank it with milk.
So now I’m still a huge fan. I have a whole array of teas at home. Spiced chai, Earl Grey and Constant Comment are my top three favorites. Lately, though, I’ve added lemon chamomile to my selection, and I enjoy drinking that in the afternoon or at night.
I was given a nice diffuser for a gift, and with it came a couple of bags of loose tea ordered from a tea and coffee purveyor.
One of the bags of loose tea contained Earl Grey, and I have to say, that was not your mama’s Earl Grey. This stuff had whole, albeit tiny, purple flowers that made up the special spice blend that gives Earl Grey its characteristic flavor. That loose tea, when run through the diffuser, yielded the best tea ever. You could really taste the nuances and subtleties of flavor.
I did find that I couldn’t add water for a second round after I’d already used the diffuser for one cup. This is because the mechanism at the bottom of the diffuser that would let the tea out would get stuck open. Tea leaves would get into the outlet area and keep the small sealing piece from dropping all the way down and sealing.
Anyway, that was great tea, and I have strived to always offer the best of the world’s teas to my customers. Just because we’re in a small town doesn’t mean we have to compromise on quality of our consumer goods!