What’s your ‘poison’ ? #FlavoursomeTuesdays

What is it that awakens you every morning?

Hello, people, and welcome to FlavoursomeTuesdays!

May just flew by, didn’t it? The heat, the humidity, the vacations, and oh, the mangoes, too — all of these making an exit, for the monsoon is here! But, that’s Life…days and months passing by, in the blink of an eye.

So, let’s get on with our foodie talks, shall we?

As I asked in the title above, what is your poison?

Okay, poison here means what is it that you like to drink…IN THE MORNING!? As in TEA or COFFEE? What did you think was I asking? What alcoholic drink is your preference? Oh, come on! This is a health and wellness blog, guys! πŸ˜› And, I am a good girl. Well, sometimes!!! *wink wink*

Okay, so, about that poison I asked.

Mine is COFFEE…always has been, except on the rare occasion when I feel like having a minor change in my daily schedule and I reach for TEA.

Hubby gets the Davidoff coffee for me (lucky me!) which is simply out of this world! The moment I open the jar, the aroma hits me and transports me to a Wonderland, or should I say, Coffeeland!? Have you tried this brand? Do try…it’s awesome!

There is something about coffee–the aroma, the taste and the sound of the word ‘coffee’– that arouses in me a feeling of happiness not many things do. My day doesn’t begin with coffee, as such, but my breakfast does end with a mugful of chilled, sweetish coffee. I like two spoonfuls of sugar to one of coffee, and some cream, too, to make it nice and frothy! Calories be damned!

Every sip of this heavenly brew mesmerises me and I find myself feeling buoyant and energised as it enters my system. I so wish the mug was a tad bigger in size, with a larger holding capacity–like, maybe, a litre, at least!

However, there are some rare moments, like the chilly winters (a rarity in Mumbai) when I reach for a cup of warm tea to soothe my sore throat, or maybe, just for a change of taste. Of course, such occasions are really really rare, for I am so not a tea person. I am too much in love with my coffee!

I prefer the light Twinnings Earl Grey tea, which I prepare without milk or sugar. Just dip- dip a tea bag in a cup of hot water and my tea is ready! The commonly preferred ginger tea, or adrak wali chai with loads of milk, sugar and extra tea leaves isn’t, ahem, my cup of chai! My family, though, is full of tea people. And, I learned the art of preparing the perfect cuppa from mum, the taste of which I know not, to date. I never drink the tea I prepare for others. πŸ˜›

So, how about you? What do you prefer?

Chai, or coffee?

Oh, and I almost forgot to add…I love having a few banana chips after my coffee, because as much as I love the taste of coffee, the aftertaste feels, mmm…not very pleasant. So, this is my favorite combo, in case you invite me to your place some afternoon for coffee. Chilled coffee and banana chips. That’s all. I don’t need any biscuits, or cakes, or any other accompaniment for my coffee.

Just a heart to heart conversation with you along with the coffee, and you will have made my day!

Do share with me about your ‘poison’, will you? Would love to know, and also make notes, just in case you drop by at my place, someday. Would love to have you over!



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52 thoughts on “What’s your ‘poison’ ? #FlavoursomeTuesdays

  1. Ah dear Shilpa . I love coffee in the morning and tea for tea time – the dip dip one for sure. But after dinner I like a cafe noir and on wet days I have a strong Indian brewed chai. So come on over to my place for coffee ( filtered or instant) or tea (dip dip or boiled ) and let’s just sip the poison of your choice with crunch , fresh banana chips !

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  2. I felt like I did my PhD on chai coffee just by reading Sunita’s comment πŸ™‚
    My preferred elixir used to be my tea prepared to perfection – Boiled, adrak, milky, Taj mahal tea and jaggery powder. Now in absence of that perfect taste, I am just sailing through my life by sometimes drinking coffee or boiled tea leaves in milk or green tea.

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    1. Hey, we too use the Taj Mahal tea!! I prepare tea for hubby just the way you prepare it.. But without jaggery. I add sugar. A tiny spoonful.

      I must say, I can imagine how much you must miss your chai in the Queen’s Land! But, I think you can still prepare it the way you like.. Jaggery toh milti hogi na wahaan?


  3. Coffee used to be my poison but then due to some health issues I had to eliminate caffeine and after that I switched to my favourite black Darjeeling tea with no sugar. Occasionally on a rainy or cold day i treat myself with a creamy elaichi tea. Lovely post shilpz

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  4. I love both Tea and Coffee. But these days it’s that Masala Dum Chai or the plain adrak wala. I like brewing it for myself the first thing in the morning. A daily ritual.
    I enjoy cold coffee with evening snacks and Cappuccino with friends.

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  5. Tea. English Breakfast, always leaf and a splash of milk and one raw sugar. I absolutely love it. Perhaps because I am English and grew up on so much of it with my Nana. Living overseas now makes me feel that bit of home xx

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    1. It’s the habits we form in our growing years, that stay with us always, isn’t it? I too love my coffee, but especially if it goes well with my breakfast of eggs and toast. Then I enjoy it thoroughly! πŸ™‚

      Thank you for sharing about your tea love!

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  6. I’m a chai person all the way. My favourite would be one with ginger and cardamom and not too much milk. Most importantly it shouldn’t be over boiled. Other than that I can have pretty much any kind of tea. I did a whole post on it once. https://obsessivemom.in/2017/12/internationalteaday.html
    I like coffee too but I never crave it like tea. I’d give you company, though :-). Davidoff reminds of a cool blue perfume!
    Oh and I never am for alcoholic drinks. All I can manage is an occasional Glass of Sangria and even then I like the apples better than the wine :-).
    I’ll be linking up here this week. Have so much food on my mind after Lucknow.

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    1. Oh, yes, Davidoff is also a deo for men. But the coffee is simply amazing. I do enjoy a vodka during the winters.. But I am always within limits! πŸ˜‰That’s a guilty pleasure! πŸ˜…


  7. I am both a coffee and tea person. Someone brought me Bru filter coffee and it’s pure bliss and for tea bags, it’s PG and Tetley that I ask someone to bring from UK which is quite cheap. Right now, I am having a Nepali tea that a friend brought. I love my scotch any day, read whisky whether cold or summer.

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  8. I don’t have a poison, Shilpa! However, on rainy days and those rare wintry mornings in Mumbai, I make my special tea concoction with mint leaves, lemon grass, tulsi leaves and full cream milk. Also, the health conscious me add jaggary instead of sugar.

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    1. Aww…. You are so in love with your tea, Damyanti! And you like to experiment, too! Interesting! πŸ™‚ I wonder if I could experiment with my coffee! πŸ˜‰


  9. COFFEE Hope that made it clear. 😁 Morning is due coffee, freshly brewed, strong, not too much sugar. It has to be done just right. I love darshini filter kaapi here it or what I make at home. Very rarely do I enjoy instant coffee.

    Chai in the evening is a must. I prefer Taj Mahal tea, not over boiled. Not too milky. I hate milky tea. With cardamom, gi ger or masala is good tea. 😊

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  10. I was all set to write a long detailed comment about dark rum and you do this? πŸ˜›
    I was a coffee person for a very long time. Instant coffee with milk twice a day. Soon, milk started repelling me and I went with black coffee. Really strong one at that. This caused a lot of heat in my body. I was never a tea person. Although I make really good milk tea and masala tea, I have never had a sip in my life! Lemon tea and green tea is my current poison and I don’t think I’ll ever change this.

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    1. Hey… Ditto that! We don’t taste the tea we make! πŸ˜‰

      You know, I too have been planning on going off coffee, but it is the one thing that gives me an instant ‘kick’, which although doesn’t stay long, helps me get my work done when I am feeling low. So, sometimes, I have it twice a day, depending on my moods, but mostly, I have it once.

      You can very well tell me your ‘poison’ story, too, my dear. So, next time I come to Bangalore, we can have some rum with vodka! πŸ˜‰


  11. Freshly brewed Filter coffee it is. I am very particular about the way it is made, and am extremely finicky about it. In my moms home its a ritual of sorts, as she insists on it always being made with freshly boiled mil too.

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    1. You know, Ramya, yesterday I tasted filter coffee for the very first time in my life! And I SIMPLY LOVED IT!! I prefer cold coffee, but the hot filter coffee was just how my cold coffee tastes–the sugar, the coffee, the milk–perfect!
      I had it at an Udipi restaurant where I had been to have my breakfast.
      I too am particular about my coffee and never let anyone else prepare it for me! πŸ˜‰


  12. I need my chai. Ginger, jaggery and milk is a must. I need that in the morning and one in the evening. I think more than the need, it is a ritual that i love πŸ™‚
    I enjoyed knowing about your morning schedule and banana chips,. Ha ha! I am good with a rusk and chai πŸ™‚
    Have you read this post? A very old one but good while we are on the topic – https://www.happinessandfood.com/mighty/

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    1. I have read in a couple of other comments about adding jaggery to chai. It’s something I have never done, or tasted. As much as I love my coffee, this is one chai I would like to taste!

      Thank you for sharing your love for the brew, Parul. And, no, I haven’t read this post, so I am going to visit your blog right away to read it! πŸ™‚

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      1. So I gave up on processed sugar last year and included jaggery as a substituent. My chai, coffee, kheer is all made of jaggery and over an year I have developed quite some taste for it πŸ™‚

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      2. Awesome! I’m glad you liked it. Jaggery powder is available in a lot of variants. Try to get stuff as rustic as possible. It is mineral rich and much better than the white processed sugar. I’m so happy you tried πŸ™‚ ❀️

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