33 Responses to Gonna add just a smidgen of sweetener to my coffee today

  1. ava August 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM #

    don’t bite that apple, snow white. add some honey instead.

    • Frank Swift August 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM #

      Mmmmmmmmm, honey…

  2. Maeve August 10, 2013 at 9:44 PM #

    I dunno – it kind of tastes like licorice

    • Frank Swift August 11, 2013 at 12:16 AM #

      I didn’t think it tasted good either, but it turns out the taste changes as you add to the coffee and suddenly becomes almost as sweet as sugar. I’ve been using Splenda before but switched to this to have something more natural.

  3. Anja August 11, 2013 at 2:24 AM #

    I’ve never heard of truvía before, but I googled it. Well, what do you know. Why not regular sugar? Or, indeed, honey?

    • Frank Swift August 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM #

      If I let loose I could easily top 100 grams of sugar. Just for my coffee. O_O Ideally the best is organic sugar, but for when I’m feeling extra sweet I add Truvia to the mix.

  4. ava August 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM #

    “I’ve been using Splenda before but switched to this to have something more natural.”

    truvia is not stevia and it’s not natural AT ALL. it’s highly processed sweetener, developed by coca cola in the lab, dig into it and you’ll see. if you want natural, then skip all processed foods. calories don’t kill you (unlike chemicals), so choose full-fat / naturally sweet foods. not only is it healthier for you, but also tastes better.

    • Frank Swift August 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM #

      Naturally sweet foods, I don’t think America produces such a thing. We’re all genetically modified for perfection, yo. ;-)

    • ava August 11, 2013 at 2:34 PM #

      maybe america doesn’t but lo and behold- neighbouring canada surely does! maple syrup, yo, yo, yolo.

    • Frank Swift August 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM #

      LOL, I’ll have to wait till next year then to stock on real food when I visit Canada. :-P

  5. Maeve August 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM #

    Agave Nectar is really tasty – i’m not sure how it would be in coffee, but it’s great in tea. I don’t as a rule drink my coffee sweet (or I’d be the size of Mt Rushmore), but I love me them Frappuccinos (esp with an extra hot shot OR TWO of espresso poured over it). Might have to get me one today.

    • Frank Swift August 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM #

      I LOVE fraps as well. I’m actually trying to get into tea drinking more, there are some that seem just the right balance of sweetness and bland. Chai tea particularly always seems to be hit or miss for me.

  6. Maeve August 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM #

    Frank, one of the great pleasures of living in Charleston is the Tea Plantation – you can walk the gardens and visit the shop to try all kinds of tea – they’re a little pricey, but well worth it IMHO. Also, the Savannah Bee Company has some of the most wonderful honeys – they have a shop here and you can taste the various kinds – I hadn’t thought about it, but honeys really taste quite different and one of my favorites is their Tea Honey (yes – I have been known to eat it by the spoonful JUST BECAUSE) – but the real treasure is the Winter White – and now i’m drooling all over the keyboard and I hear it calling me from the kitchen. I hate Chai.

    • Frank Swift August 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM #

      Ahhh, finally a reason to visit South Carolina. ;-) Chai is weird, I tried some of it because Starbucks was offering a new line of teas, and I go from “this is the worst crap I have ever tasted in my life” to “hmm, this isn’t half bad…” lol

  7. Maeve August 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

    Frank, I think it depends on the spices they use and the ratios – I hate anything with an anise taste, o the ones that use a lot of star anise just repulse me. Same with nutmeg. Maybe you should try experimenting with your own recipe. There are lots on the net – you could use the spices you like and eliminate the ones you don’t. And you could use turbinado sugar for some extra depth. I should take my own advice.

  8. Anja August 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM #

    I love anise and nutmeg! :) My favourite non-tea tea is grated ginger, cinnamon, anise and cloves; then I just pour boiling water over it and let it steep. Then I add honey <3 And like Maeve, I can eat it by the spoonful, too.

    What I can't stand is English tea; I can drink green, but not black, regardless of what they add to it.

  9. Maeve August 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM #

    So I was just at Barnes & Noble and thought I would try chai… Star anise! No chai for me.
    Anya, isn’t it funny how one girl’s delight is another’s despair LOL

    • Frank Swift August 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM #

      I never go wrong with cinnamon, or ginger for that matter. Once of these weekends I’ll turn the kitchen into a mad scientist lab and start experimenting with tea combos. Muhahahahhahah.

  10. maeve0330 August 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM #

    I was sitting on the concall to eternity until 10pm (!) last night and while I was losing whole hours from my life listening to people drone on and on and on about mundane contracts stuff that nobody cares about, I went looking for some info on making your own chai and I found this – which you might like – http://www.chai-tea.org/recipes.html (i’m really bad at links, so…..) and then I went to hang out on some of my fav cooking blogs (because they were still droning…) and found this coffee stuff that I simply must have and thought I would share with you http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2013/08/frozen-thai-iced-coffee/ and THEN I found this cool green tea recipe for Anja, but now I can’t remember where I found it so I will have to check back in later.
    So now you can get all crazy in your kitchen.

    • Anja August 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM #


      Thanks! If you do find the link I would really appreciate it.

      I’ve recently discovered white tea, which is a special kind of green tea that is picked very young, while still flowering and is milder than average green tea. Has anyone tried it? I highly recommend it.

  11. Maeve August 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM #

    Anja – I found it (I’m sitting on another ENDLESS conference call and went looking) – here you go…. http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/drinks/iced-strawberry-green-tea/ . I don’t especially like green tea, but this looks really tempting. I love the Tasty Kitchen site – I spend way too much time there and then I end up spending more hours in the kitchen. Guess it keeps me out of trouble LOL. I have not tried white tea, but it sounds interesting. I may have to try some. If you make the drink, let me know how it turns out.

    • Anja August 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM #

      Thanks very much, Maeve! I do know Tasty Kitchen and their recipes are often very good. I’m European, so I often have some trouble with measurements as I’m accustomed to grams and milliliters rather than cups, but my husband says it’s good for me to have to convert everything :) My Maths skills were never very good so I guess he’s right :)

      I think another batch of strawberries is going to be ripe tomorrow so the timing is perfect, as well!

  12. Frank Swift August 14, 2013 at 12:36 PM #

    Maeve, LOL my best friend can definitely relate with that. Works from home and does conference calls… ALL. THE. TIME. I don’t know how he gets anything done. I’m more action oriented so to hear people blabber on in meetings and ConCalls ad infinitum sounds about as much fun as performing self surgery on my prostrate using nothing more than a wooden spoon. If someone can’t make his point in 30 seconds or less I either leave the room or pour my hot coffee on him. Or I should say, my hot tea.

    • Maeve August 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM #

      Frank, I work from home too – there are, admittedly, some benefits (like I don’t actually have to get dressed if I don’t want to), but the main drawback is I deal a lot with the West Coast in addition to the East, so sometimes I’m IN BED listening to the blah blah blah late at night.

      But you know, it’s not the concalls that are the worst – I’m convinced that PowerPoint is the devil’s own tool. Do you know of anything else that can cause people to turn a 1-page memo (read in like 90 seconds) into a 3-hours, 26-slide presentation? On how to fill out your freakin’ timecard!!!! It’s enough to turn anyone homicidal amirite?

    • Frank Swift August 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM #

      We got a new system that took what used to take 30 seconds for us to do on a simple terminal now more than 10 minutes to complete. Filling out endless fields that are redundant and perpetuate more data corruption because who the crap can remember all the details. Enough to make me cut my arm off and sign up for welfare. :-P

      BTW, I hate MS Office, HATE IT, hate it with death’s hatred. That’s why I’m loving what Apple is doing with iCloud, along with the ability to create keynote presentations that can seamlessly convert into powerPoint files. Ahhhh Apple, the only thing that keeps me from going on a rampage against anything made by Microsucks.

  13. Frank Swift August 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM #

    BTW, one of our natural markets here is called Fairway and has a selection of teas by Celestial Seasonings. http://www.celestialseasonings.com/

    The peach flavor seems to come closest to the sweet flavor I’m looking for.

  14. Maeve August 17, 2013 at 7:30 AM #

    I wanted to let you know I bought some Twinings Chai at the market yesterday ((the one in the red box) http://www.twiningsusashop.com/chai.html and it’s fantastic! Nothing too overpowering. I always have some raw sugar in the house, so used a little of that; splash of milk; amazing! I’m still planning to make my own, but having trouble finding those pesky cardamom pods – maybe Whole Paycheck has some. Anyway – you might want to try it out.

    • Anja August 17, 2013 at 9:41 AM #


      I tried the green tea-strawberry drink and I have to say it’s great. I skipped the sugar, but the strawberries were very ripe anyways, and it turned out really well. Thanks for telling me about the recipe!

    • Maeve August 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM #

      Anna, that’s great. I’m actually thinking about trying it myself. I love all things strawberry. It might be good with a splash of seltzer too.

  15. Frank Swift August 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM #

    I see this comment thread is going to be my go-to source for sampling different types of tea, LOL.

    • Maeve August 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM #

      You run a very nice establishment here, Sir. Good company, good conversation. Goes perfect with my Venti 4-shot no-foam latte.

  16. Frank Swift August 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM #

    Maeve, although not very “manospherian.” I may need to start a cigar thread to balance things out. ;-)

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