I started drinking lots of tea when I started the Shangri-La Diet. The diet made me crave food with smell, which tea provided. I started chewing gum, too, but that was less enjoyable, maybe because I never became a gum connoisseur.
I recently learned about Teeccino coffee-substitute “tees” (brewed like tea) from Patrick Pineda of Tisano. They resemble Pero but with more flavor and variety. I really liked the first two flavors I tried (Vanilla Nut and French Roast) so I wrote to Teeccino asking for samples of all the flavors. In addition to no caffeine, Teechino drinks are high in inulin, a soluble fiber.
Here are my comments on the samples.
Dandelion Dark Roast. Similar to French Roast (relatively strong coffee taste) but more earthy-tasting. Maybe that’s the dandelion.
French Vanilla. Strong vanilla taste. Too much like vanilla for me, I want something more complicated.
Caramel Nut. Halfway between caramel and burnt caramel, which I like. As complex as French Roast.
Mocha. Excellent. Complexity of coffee plus complexity of chocolate.
Chocolate. Like mocha, except darker coffee flavor.
Original. Excellent. Weaker coffee flavor plus fruity complexity.
Almond Amaretto. Wonderful combination of coffee flavor with nutty almond/amaretto flavor.
Java. Rounded coffee flavor.
Chocolate Mint. Enough mint but not enough chocolate and coffee.
Southern Pecan. Delicious. Pecan and coffee flavors well-balanced. I wonder: What does Northern Pecan taste like?
Maya Chai. Tastes like chai. I would prefer, in addition, a dark coffee taste.