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An ad-man turned teacher recommends Starbucks VIA instant coffee

Ben Rothfeld on Cool Tools: “Since I switched careers from advertising to teaching, I only miss two things (besides the money): being able to go to the bathroom whenever I want and the coffee.” It’s not great coffee, or even good coffee, but it’s good enough and predictable in a pinch, he says.

A comrade-in-business-travel told me recently that she carries VIA in her luggage for similar reasons.

When I’m out of the house, I just drink whatever’s available. You can make just about anything drinkable by adding non-dairy creamer and Splenda.

And I know the coffee snobs will hate me for saying this, but Starbucks Pikes Place and Veranda coffees are actually very good. I drink good coffee black, no sugar, and that’s how I drink those Starbucks blends. Just don’t order “coffee black,” there without specifying a blend; that stuff is awful.

Mitch

October 4, 2016

That moment when you’re at a conference and you’ve had just the perfect amount of coffee, so you go and get more coffee.

Matcha is an alternative for people who get too jittery on coffee

Shayla Love, The Washington Post:

Matcha is green tea leaves crushed into a fine, electric green powder. Whisk the powder into warm or hot water, and it dissolves into a frothy drink.

In a regular cup of tea, tea leaves are just steeped in water, but when you drink matcha, you actually consume the whole leaf and the nutrients it contains. Drinking the whole leaf provides the antioxidants and health benefits, Sheth says, at higher levels than other superfoods such as like acai berries or goji berries.

At the same time, another component of the leaf, the secret behind the mellow matcha buzz, helps prevent the shaky coffee feeling: L-theanine.

“L-theanine is an amino acid, and studies have shown it provides a stress relief; it produces a calm feeling in our body,” [dietician Vandana Sheth] said. “But it doesn’t make us sleepy. When you combine that with the caffeine that’s in the matcha, you’re feeling more focused, you’re feeling alertness but without that jittery feeling when you consume a lot of caffeine from coffee.”

Now I’m curious to try matcha. I’ll see if I can find a local source.

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British tea consumption has been on a 40-year decline, losing favor to coffee, says Roberto A. Ferdman, The Washington Post. It’s “a tectonic cultural shift that now spans nearly half a century,” with no end in sight.

But tea is gaining popularity in America. Here, imported tea is seen as exotic and hip, whereas in the UK that same tea is viewed as old and boring.

I drink black tea at home, preferring British brand bags. I’m currently using up a stock accumulated when I was taste-testing various kinds of tea earlier this year. Once that stock is used up, I’ll probably stick with PG Tips, although Typhoo and Taylor’s Yorkshire Gold are extremely close contenders.