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    Favorite Coffeeshop Drinks?

    So I'm a pretty stereotypical humanities grad student and coffeeshops are ubiquitous for semi-social studying - especially in winter. I'm weaning myself off sugar and ideally would like to get to the point where I am drinking unadulterated tea. There are so many different teas and coffees out there to choose from though! I've tried a few I thoroughly disliked, so I need some advice.

    What are your favorite coffeeshop drinks?

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    I'm a fan of regular coffee. Rooibos 'tea' is also very good (from what I understand it is not actually tea, but it is tea-like). It often comes in different flavors; there is a chocolate mint one I am digging currently. If I want something fancy a latte made with heavy cream is nice, though you may need to add an extra espresso shot or two.

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    went to a coffeeshop this weekend. totally dissapointed. bulletproof coffee spoils you.

    if i ever go anywhere now i will order 2-3 shots of espresso and add cream. I have started carrying my own stevia
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    My current favorite is a double decaf red-eye/eye-opener/depth charge, whatever the heck they call it wherever you go. That's two shots of decaf espresso plus whatever coffee I want filling up the rest of the cup. I usually pick the cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice flavored coffee. I drink this black, no cream or sweetener.
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    I'll second that bulletproof coffee ruins you...

    but when I go to a coffee shop, I'll get espresso shots, an Americano (with heavy cream), or, if they'll make it, a latte or cappuccino made with heavy cream (or half & half).

    I also love unadulterated tea, but I've been spoiled by brewing at home... we've got some rooiboos, earl gray, and coconut green tea at the moment (all from http://www.teagschwendner.com - I had a gift card and they have YUMMY teas, it's a shame their local stores closed)

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    During the summer, an iced Americano with some heavy cream stirred in is the MOST refreshing thing money can buy! It honestly hits the spot better than any sugary-frozen-blitz-drink, uber-sweetened-tea-juice or iced-coffee-cum-syrup ever did before.

    I usually go for a straight latte during the winter, or a cappuccino (veering away from dairy, and cappuccinos have less, due to foam-to-liquid ratio). But I more and more opt for a straight Americano, hot and black.

    What kind of teas do you tend to like? Depending on how snooty the coffee shops in your area are (the snootier the better, when it comes to tea), tea gives you a LOT of room to play, and is very rarely problematic (as long as we're talking brewed tea, and not uber-sweetened-tea-juice-concoctions).

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    Spiced Indian chai with whipping cream.
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    I'm so glad so many of you give love to the heavy cream! I love heavy cream (too much). I feel dumb for not thinking of ordering a roobios or americano with heavy cream. So simple. When you order these do the baristas leave enough room to actually add the dairy?

    I am interested in non-milky teas as I will probably be attempting a Whole 30 after the holidays. I've tried various "zingers" which taste just enough like cough syrup I dislike them, though I like the idea of them. I like cold green tea though hot green tea doesn't seem to have enough taste. I like a "corn tea" that a local Korean restaurant serves, though I have no idea what is in it or how it's made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarasue624 View Post
    When you order these do the baristas leave enough room to actually add the dairy?
    it's a pet peeve of mine when they just dump some of my americano out to make room for the cream... c'mon, you couldn't have just added less water, so now you're dumping out some of the actual espresso?!

    so... it depends on the barista... The starbucks by my work, for example, several of the baristas know me well enough to either put the heavy cream in when I order, or leave enough room and put the heavy cream on the bar for me. On the rare occasion where they have to dump out some of the drink 'cause they filled it too full, they often offer to put in an extra shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarasue624 View Post
    I am interested in non-milky teas as I will probably be attempting a Whole 30 after the holidays. I've tried various "zingers" which taste just enough like cough syrup I dislike them, though I like the idea of them. I like cold green tea though hot green tea doesn't seem to have enough taste. I like a "corn tea" that a local Korean restaurant serves, though I have no idea what is in it or how it's made.
    Have you given green tea with mint a try? It's quite tasty both cold and hot, and of the "fancy greens" is usually one of the easier to find. Tazo has a blend called "Zen" that you can usually find in chain coffee shops, and you'll sometimes see it marketed as "Moroccan Mint" or "Moroccan Whatever." Earl Grey is nice, zingy without being syrupy, and you might like Lady Grey as well - it's Earl Grey with lavender. All three of these options are best without milk, IMO.

    My all-time favorite green (ok...well...maybe tied with a more grassy tea that you might be less into) is Bancha Hojicha. It's a roasted green tea that's got this wonderful nutty flavor. I have no idea what your "corn tea" tastes like, but it might be close. There's another green called Genmaicha that contains toasted rice (legend has it they started adding this to tea during WWII to stretch their supplies). Anyway, it has a similarly toasty flavor to it as Bancha Hojicha, so I thought the Hojicha might replicate the "corn tea" without containing corn...or rice. :-) Be careful, though, because I've seen places get Genmaicha and Hojicha mixed up. Just look for the rice, if you want to avoid it - it's right there in the tea, looking like little tiny pieces of popcorn.

    So, uh...yeah, right after college I definitely worked simultaneously at a Starbucks and a loose tea shop. :-D I love this stuff!

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