1. I MUST hve sweetener in coffee. I like a mild roast black (nona that STarbucks creosote ****). I dont go to Starbucks or Peets anymore.Because whenever Im there and I order a "light" roast" they pour half a cup of that "Charbuck special blend " then they fill the rest with hot water.
The best light coffee blend is made by an outfit called WaWa (its a dairy tht got into convenience stores with a nice coffee bar)
ANYWAY- i usually put 2 sugrs in my black coffee
2TEA, that's a whole nother story. Smoky teas like LAPSANG SOUCHONG, or PUEHR I use one bag of Splenda. Ya cant drink those teas ithout sweetener and sugar would take like 4 bags to sweeten it. I usually drink a cinnamon/citrus blended tea made by HARNEY $ Sons (Theyre out of upstate NY and are quietly spreading out). All their teas have distinct spice notes and dont need any sweeteners at all. Ive seen people put milk in tea and I can recall my grandmother making m tea when I was sick and she would usually make Lipton and put in about hlf a pint of milk. It gqggwd me. SO, my memories of tea with milk are always related to some fever and I was throwing up a lot. SO, I dont take milk in tea.
PS--Ya have to brew a Harneys cuppa for severl minutes longer to drag out all the spices (like cinnamon bergamot and even chilis)
3. NOW HOT CHOCOLATE, its gotta be Hershey syrup in steaming hot cup of WHOLE MILK (cmon people). Then we add bout 1/4 tsp of chili powder. Spicy hot chocolate. A meal in itelf. PLEASE, no marshmallows, are we savages?