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drank MateVana by Teavana
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I’m not sure what I think of this one yet. You can definitely taste the Cacao. It’s got a smoky taste to it that i’m not sure I like. Smoky like a fire, not like a cigar. It says it’s like coffee but i’ve yet to find a tea that actually lives up to that promise. When you drink coffee you WANT coffee, not tea that tastes like cacao. *ok, end rant. I think it’s the rooibos in the tea that is making me rethink steeping time, i steeped for 4 minutes, and it is a bit too long as i’m getting a real earthy/clay taste to it. Will try again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Honey

Teavana’s JavaVana mate is the most coffee-like tea I’ve ever had. I would be worried that if you decreased the steeping time to less than 4 minutes that the flavor would be watered down, but you could try adding more leaves too. Or, maybe you just don’t like that earthy taste, no matter how it brews.

Erin

I steeped it a second time, I had used a good amount of tea the first time and the second time was just as strong. Steeped it for 6 minutes this time. I think it’s the cacao that i’m not a fan of. I’m having a different mate w/ cacao this morning and it’s not working for me either :P

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Honey

Teavana’s JavaVana mate is the most coffee-like tea I’ve ever had. I would be worried that if you decreased the steeping time to less than 4 minutes that the flavor would be watered down, but you could try adding more leaves too. Or, maybe you just don’t like that earthy taste, no matter how it brews.

Erin

I steeped it a second time, I had used a good amount of tea the first time and the second time was just as strong. Steeped it for 6 minutes this time. I think it’s the cacao that i’m not a fan of. I’m having a different mate w/ cacao this morning and it’s not working for me either :P

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