Day 13 of the Kiani advent calendar. I steeped this one nice and long to get as much flavor from the cocoa shells as possible. I even used a small mug, so the leaf-to-water ratio would be better than it was when I made the shells for Day 2. This came out tasting chocolate-y, with a hint of orange, but somehow still not as robustly flavorful as other cocoa shells I’ve had in the past. Halfway through the mug I added some oat milk in hopes of getting a chocolate orange latte situation going, but it didn’t really work – the creaminess of the oat milk drowned out a lot of the chocolate. If I had this again, I’d definitely keep the long steep, but use even more leaf/less water. One of the disadvantages of this advent calendar is that it only provides enough leaf for exactly one serving, so it’s hard to experiment with optimal brewing methods and preparations.