BT has a regular yerba mate and this, which is a dark roast version. I thought this would be a great alternative for coffee but thats not quite the case. Its has roasted notes of grain but more herbal tasting, nothing like the earthy, chocolate-y sweetness of coffee.

Initially I tried this unsweetened but found the regular flavour much too herbal-y and medicinal, so added a tsp of honey, and all was good.

Caffeine-wise it seemed to provide a bit of alertness that lasted for a while, rather than the up and down crash of coffee.

This is organic as well and comes in an unbleached tea bag.

Flavors: Grain, Roasted Barley, Toasted

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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finding myself in hot water again and again…

I grew up in a tea drinking culture, but my parents were seriously hung up on jasmine tea and oolong tea, so I never really had much exposure to other teas. My horizons expanded when I moved to Japan and discovered genmaicha (roasted rice tea aka popcorn tea). after that, I discovered black teas, red teas, and flavoured teas, how different teas could be by the region, processing methods, water used.

Now I can’t get enough of it!

I experiment with different teas, blending them sometimes to see what the outcome would be. I find my tastes to be quite diverse, but run away from the more floral side of things. Tie Kwan Yin is probably the only one that most people seem to enjoy, that I don’t. Otherwise I am game for most teas. Fruity? love it. Smoky? Mmm. Earthy? bring it on! Light and vegetal? keep pouring!


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