Hey Milly! A shining example to me that poetry does not necessarily have to tackle or describe a profound idea or philosophy or emotion in life.
It can reach many...if not more by being relatable and a common occurrence in life - and coffee vs tea is indeed just that! So not only is this poem your own personal thoughts on the topic ... But also to engage readers and compel them to comment and express their own views. If I was around at the time I just know I would have commented and picked a side!
So stanza one sets the flow and structure of the piece. I get a peaceful vibe from the opening line and the rhyming structure is first two lines (in each stanza) rhymes and last two lines rhyme. It's in this stanza (wise choice I think) that you introduce the idea coffee is better than tea. Immediately engaging the reader.
The descriptions of Latte's and cappacinos are perfect as I can make them myself. :-) milky and silky...like it!
Expresso and hot choc descriptions ...'packs a punch' and 'sweet' are amazingly spot on.
From there you write about brands of coffee...accepting that even tea drinkers are on board with your great write by now. The 'bitter' Americanos...Starbucks...Costa. All coffee drinkers are deciding their own preferences as they're reading.
The flow and topic of the piece is calming and the rhyming perfect.
The nasty side of me wishes to read a stanza that gives tea drinkers a bit of a kick, ;) but that's just me :D
Mark thank-you for your lovely detailed review of my poem. I was just beginning my poetry journey and wanted to write something different as you say to prove not all poetry has to be philosophical. I'm glad you liked it and you understood it perfectly. I think I'm Costa coffee biased lol. Thank you again for a very well thought out review. Milly x