Teeccino

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After my previous experience with Teeccino, my expectations for this tea were very low. The dry bag does have a lovely hot cocoa smell. The brew is the color of coffee and smells like coffee and chocolate as advertised. I actually got my hopes up that this tea would not be awful.

Well…I was kind of right. It is more palatable than the other Teeccino that I had (French Roast, which I rated 12 and poured down the sink after 3 sips). This does actually taste like chocolatey coffee. Not great, but drinkable. Kind of like bad coffee. A touch of rice milk really pulls the flavors together and makes this cup almost pleasant. I don’t taste any of the chile, but the coffee and chocolate flavors are clear and complementary. I have a much better impression of this company now. I suspect that I would have rated this tea higher if I didn’t still have the memory of that French Roast. I am trying to adjust for that in my rating. Still, first impressions are hard to get over.

At any rate, I’m quite glad to say that this is another sipdown.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank French Roast by Teeccino
510 tasting notes

I quite enjoyed this! I got a sample at the NYC Coffee and Tea festival back in March and am only trying it. I’m not really a fan of coffee though so it probably wouldn’t satisfy a coffee drinker as a substitute. However, this is easy to enjoy purely on its on merits. It tastes roasty and robust. Probably not as robust as real coffee. Maybe. Eh, what do I know? It’s also a bit malty from the roasted barley. I had mine with a splash of almond milk and agave. delicious dessert drink. I looked into buying some but this stuff is pricy! I think I’ll stick with tea for now. :)

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12
drank French Roast by Teeccino
386 tasting notes

Backlog – I keep scribbling notes as I go and then failing to type them up into coherent paragraphs.

I had a nice big Sunday breakfast yesterday and wanted a cup of coffee with my meal. I can’t really have coffee, so I thought I’d give this a shot instead.

I’d have done better drinking coffee. This just tastes like burnt chicory, with a hint of carob. I followed package instructions (brew 3-5 minutes using boiling water), so I don’t think the burnt taste can be attributed to user error. I found this thoroughly unenjoyable. I took a sip, was put off by the taste, ate until I forgot just how bad it was and decided to give it another shot, and was equally put off the second time. And the third. After that, I just poured out the rest.

Lucky this is a sample.

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68
drank Vanilla Nut by Teeccino
1326 tasting notes

James R sent me some of this with the Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Sunset I bought – thanks! This is interesting! Now, I’m no coffee expert — I drank more coffee when I was four years old (with milk in it). So coffee drinkers would probably scoff at this. But I like it! It’s like a watery coffee that tastes very much like coffee, but with added tea-like things that you wouldn’t find in coffee to make it better… like dates. And I like that it doesn’t have caffiene! This is a nice change from all this tea I’ve been drinking.

James R

I thought that was an interesting drink, glad you enjoyed it!

FYI to anyone reading, the base is chicory

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drank Vanilla Nut by Teeccino
2342 tasting notes

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78
drank Hazelnut by Teeccino
2342 tasting notes

I do miss drinking coffee sometimes but not the acid reflux that always seemed to come with it. It doesn’t really taste like coffee but it’s dark and satisfying with a nice barley hazelnut and date flavor. I did add some soymilk and it’s a nice afternoon drink, I had some for dessert last night too. I liked it and will probably get more and try the other flavors. Although I guess it isn’t really a tea! ;-)

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79

It’s no mocha – or Mayan chocolate truffle – not even close. But it is a great coffee alternative. My only complaint is that the chocolate flavor isn’t a little stronger to make it really stand out from the original Teeccino.

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87
drank Vanilla Nut by Teeccino
49 tasting notes

A good coffee alternative – the vanilla flavor is not too strong like some of the other Teeccino flavors – in fact it is quite mild.

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68
drank Hazelnut by Teeccino
49 tasting notes

This is a good alternative if you like flavored coffees. The cloying hazelnut flavor is a little overwhelming for me – but it doesn’t render the cup undrinkable – I just know that I have to pair it with the proper cookie :)

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100
drank Teeccino by Teeccino
49 tasting notes

It’s not coffee. If the caffeine or acidity of coffee bothers your stomach, then you should try Teeccino. It tastes like mediocre coffee and gives you that warm feeling like drinking a cup of coffee gives you. It’s a nice alternative if you were told you shouldn’t drink coffee anymore.

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96

OK, this has “coffee” in the name but technically it’s no different from some of the tisanes that have been reviewed here on Steepster as it’s really just a herbal blend. I wanted to share this here because of how freaking good it is!

I prepared this using a steeping basket and it turned out awesome. The fragrance is rich and chocolaty and there’s an indescribable depth. The flavor is bold, malty, full of body and the chocolate is very pronounced. There’s also a subtle heat from the chili peppers which enhance the chocolate flavor.

This is the best caffeine free chocolate beverage I’ve ever tasted. It’s a little pricey, but I’ll be keeping this in the pantry for the winter ahead.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Teeccino by Teeccino
328 tasting notes

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