Lines to Love: Tea or Coffee?
I’ll readily admit that I cannot decide which beverage I prefer- tea or coffee. There are mornings when I wake up and want nothing more than a hot cup of Earl Grey tea with a dollop of cream and a spoonful of monkfruit. But then there are days when a dark cup of freshly ground Columbian with a soupçon of Natural Bliss Cinnamon Cream rings my bell.
The debate about which beverage is the better has raged since the first ground beans and dried leaves were steeped in hot water.
In fact, writers have clashed on this topic specifically. Some praise the fact that they were born post invention of tea. Others maintain the invention of coffee is the pin upon which history hinges.
Of course, there are those who are firmly in the camp of Team Tea. I know a few of those people. Heck, depending on the day, I’ll hoist by petard in honor of tea. Just like these authors:
In fact, a great deal of philosophical import has been ascribed to tea.
But enough of this tea talk, right? I mean, there’s another brew out there that holds our hearts. Authors of old and new have touted coffee as the elixir of life, or, at the very least, the ambrosia of the gods.
I think I like how Justina Chen Headley said it in her book, North of Beautiful:
Perhaps it’s the darkness of rendered coffee, but while many would say it’s an essential libration, it’s also had lugubrious and heavy attributes thrust, like greatness, upon it:
However, I’ll let Mr. Hemingway deliver the rebuttal to all this heavy handed coffee talk:
And, of course, it is important to remember Alex Levine’s words. After all, we all want to maintain a balanced diet.
This one is for those of you who have been tortured in an obscenely long line at your local coffee shop:
Do you have a thirst for adventure? Are you an avid wanderer? Well, if you are, don’t forget the most important part of your backpacking gear- a travel thermos.
But what you must remember is this truth:
Brew Me A Cup Of Comfort:
But perhaps what I love so much about both coffee and tea is that they are comforts. Whether you prefer one over the other or love each equally, there’s something warming about them that transcends their temperature on a cold day to soothe us.
So, regardless if you’re steeping tea now or waiting for coffee to brew, I hope you find comfort in your cup. What are you, dear reader, Team Tea or Team Coffee? Any quotes I missed that you like dealing with either beverage?