I use a Bunn coffee maker and have a thermal sealed stainless pot.
But when I worked in the re staurants, FRESH- SUPER fresh was always available and whether coffee is sitting in a restaurant style pot, a home pot, a percolator or a thermos, it still does go thru very subtle changes. My 10 minute fetish was only way back when..LOL- gosh, I drink coffee rather slowly, and LOL I would not even get a 2nd cup at home if I still held to that demand. even tho I am the only one drinking the coffee at home.
As for the soda pop and lime..I drink soda pop MAYBE once a month. Maybe less. Usually my soda pop is on the occasion when I go thru a drive thru McDs and get myself a happy meal and a small coke. But I have found with nearly everything- I am a fresh snob for flavorings. I hate coffee or cream that is flavored, altho I will put things in my coffee- cinnamin, chocolate candy bar shavings, vanilla extract, ice cream, not often, tho. and usually at bedtime.
On the very sporadic occasions I drink hot tea? (if I am in a downphase, I cannot tolerate the taste of coffee) I might use honey and maybe fresh lemon, or maybe cream and honey.
So in my sodapop, I much prefer fresh real lime peices. same with Lemon, I cannot stand to use like ReaLemon juice in anything. Not sure why.
Now on the super rare occasion I also "doctor" my coffee or cocoa. I donot like it ready made doctored, but I have added Irish cream to coffee or cocoa. Or Kahlua, (or both) or Grand Marnier (also good in tea with milk) or Drambuii (same- also good in tea and milk) - I only do that about once a year or so, tho. usually at bedtime.
Peppermint candy is yummy in cocoa. so is cinnamin. Lemon, Lime or vanilla are all good in coke. so is chocolate syrup.
Hot chocolate powdered mix is yummy made with coffee instead of water, or made with milk. Candy bar melted into hot milk is even yummier.
Silly me will go days without remembering or taking time to eat or drink..not sure why aside from being bipolar? and while I absolutely LOVE to eat.....I have grave difficulty eating alone, and cannot eat just becuz it is "time" I also donot sip or drink things very often. For me, it is so much ceremonious. and social. and there are rituals involved. and things have to be done with a flourish.
I DO make and serve the family----and it all works out very well when we have a family meal.....but, if that does not work out, or there is noone to share with----
<sigh> it has become somuch much more difficult in the last 10 years.
husband does not eat with us. easy child is usually at work or school. Son does not LIKE any foods. He could care less if he ever eats or drinks.
SO if I am having a soda pop, it IS an event and I do add the fresh fruit. If we have cocoa......it is a big deal- so I do make it from scratch.with all the bells and whistles.