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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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Coffee and tea

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,489 mod
edited November 2013 in Food and Drink
I ran out of English breakfast tea this week, so I'm drinking a tea called Ostfriesen tea.

It's okay. Quite strong and not too flowery.


  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,105 mod
    As you know, I'm pretty obsessed by PG Tips, but I'm giving it a rest for a while. I have been enjoying coffee grown on the slopes of the Annapurnas that I brought with me. When this runs out, I'll switch to local coffee grown in south India where I'm heading in a few days.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    You will think we are a couple of saddoes, but we had an emergency delivery of Tetley. LOL
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,259 mod
    Is it possible that coffee or tea make brown teeth. I wonder what kind of tea the Queen of England likes to drink. Because her teeth are so porcelan white.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,105 mod
    I'm totally with you @Lynne on the tea bags. Needs must. All this talk of coffee is reminding me that I haven't had one so far today. I indulged in a Costa coffee yesterday in an amazing shopping mall in Mumbai where the shops sell Rolls Royces and Mercedes among other designer stuff. I guess the coffee must have been the only 'cheap' item on sale there.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    Do you think they are her teeth @Hermine?
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    @mheredge - Amazing when you consider that Dharavi is practically on the doorstep.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,259 mod
    edited December 2013
    @Lynne. I don`t think so.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited December 2013
    @Hermine - Me neither.

    It reminds me of a silly saying: "Your teeth are like stars, they come out at night."

    I just had my first mishap with my Moka pot. I don't think I screwed the base on tightly enough, and it was fireworks! Little sparks were flying everywhere as bits of coffee escaped. It's a shame that it was in the daytime, I'm sure it would have been very pretty in the dark.
  • science24science24 Posts: 983 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2013
    By the way, do you know the world’s most expensive coffee? :D

    it is Kopi luwak or civet coffee, refers to the beans of coffee berries once they have been eaten and excreted by the Asian palm civet. A cup sells for $30 to $100 in New York City and London, while 1 kg of roasted beans can fetch as much as $130 in Indonesia and five times more overseas. For the most part, civet coffee is not harvested in the wild in limited quantities but mass produced by animals kept in appalling conditions.

    I am very lucky because coffee doesn't mean anything for me.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    This is the problem with using animals in production. These beautiful cats deserve better from us. (Personally I buy Fair Trade.)
  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Posts: 2,213 mod
    I have bought a Moka coffee pot too as my lovely espresso machine died! I was devastated! The coffee from the pot is not as good. Not as full a flavour as an espresso. But needs must! And I need my one coffee a day!
    @science - we had a discussion about this type of coffee some time ago. I had never heard of it before and I have never tasted it. I would though if I found it!
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    I did warn you @amatsuscribbler. These machines just aren't robust, rely on physics, it won't let you down. (You might need a different blend of coffee to the one you used in the machine.)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,105 mod
    Civet poo coffee does nothing for me, but a nice cup of dark or medium roast Arabica is what I fancy right now. The sweet instant stuff they serve on the train just ain't good enough!
  • pryfllwydpryfllwyd The AnthropocenePosts: 1,405
    Typhoo - not monkey bags ! : Typhoo making good tea since 1903
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,105 mod
    You can imagine how happy I felt yesterday, arriving after along hourney to a homestay guesthouse that not only has a kitchen guests can use, but a big box of Tetley teabags too.

    Back to coffee though. I bought a packet of coffee grown in Kerala. I wasn't sure about some of the flavoured coffees they were selling though. Masala coffee, ginger coffee, vanilla coffee - none work for me. I just hope that the plain coffee tastes okay and those flavoured ones are not because the coffee doesn't taste very good.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,105 mod
    I don't know what happened to my jouney, but still less what has happened to the edit button. On my tablet it's invisible in any case, but I have a good idea where it is so I can usually find it. This time I'm afraid it seems to have escaped or has disappeared completely!
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,259 mod
    I do not like to have a coffee from an animal`s poo, at no costs. Maybe I should sell thi little balls our rabbits produce - I would be rich. Rich as `bootiful`got.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited December 2013
    When you say "you do not like it" does that mean you've tried it? :-O
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    edited December 2013
    that picture made me sick :-&
    I wont drink coffee any more.I think whenever I drink coffee,this picture will come in front of my eyes :-L
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive
    Just relax and enjoy. :D
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    edited December 2013
    just relax and enjoy of what?coffee?after seeing that picture nobody cant enjoy coffee.


    Just relax and enjoy what? Coffee? After seeing that picture nobody could enjoy coffee.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive

    Of course you can, but I think that the cost is the barrier. :)
  • science24science24 Posts: 983 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I think so. LOL ;) =))
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    I don't know why but I hate this laughing =)).Does anyone feel the same?
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive
    edited December 2013
    I think it could be a bit more restrained, but I don't hate it. :)

    It could be like that. image

    Or even like that. image
  • science24science24 Posts: 983 ✭✭✭✭✭
    you have to enjoy it @nil , it is well popular in the LEO network :)) =)) =))

    in addition to the corn smiley :D :D :D
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    I hate it because it reminds me someone's laughing who I hate a lot.you cant make me to like it [-(
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    You reminded me of an old saying @Nil. "Hating someone is like drinking poison, and waiting for the other person to die." ;)

    And don't worry. No one is asking you to drink cat poo coffee. It certainly didn't put me off my coffee this morning. ~O)
  • science24science24 Posts: 983 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2013
    Next Generation Mobile Phones Nanotechnology (my first video on the forum)

    the futur of learnig languages and drinking coffee is the global voice translator and a fresh cup of coffee from your phone


    @Lynne , you don't need a new coffee machine if your old machine has been broken. :D
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