Yin Yang

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From Cha Dao

Premium, lightly sweetened Yunnan Gold Black Tea and Kaladi Brother’s organic coffee

Living in Seattle, the coffee capital of the world, it is no surprise that we often find ourselves brewing up some daily java in addition to cup after cup of tea. In an effort to reconcile these two great loves, I introduced the staff to a drink called Yin Yang: a sweetened blend of coffee and tea popular all over Asia. They could not believe their taste buds.

Once the latest creation was on the board, our staff began bringing in their favorite beans for testing. We eventually decided that Kaladi Brothers’ Red Goat Blend coffee made for the perfect blend. The result is a delicate dance of two of the world’s most passionate beverages.

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911 tasting notes

I debated adding this or not but ultimately decided to because while I feel this isn’t really a tea beverage, I think the intent is for it to be a tea beverage. So I will log it.

Why don’t I consider this a tea beverage? Because it has coffee in it and the dominant taste is that of coffee. This tastes like something that you’d buy in the grocery store next to the Starbucks bottled Frappuccinos. Or actually order from Starbucks itself. Why do I think this was intended as a tea beverage? Because it’s from a company with ‘Cha’ in the name and they specify that they use Yunnan Gold black tea.

But does this taste like tea? No. I mean, I’m probably picking up hints of the tea and I’m sure it contributes to the taste, but I don’t drink this and think, mmm, tea. This is coffee. Actually, it tastes a lot like a diluted chocolate covered espresso bean. I think the chocolate comes from the Yunnan (cocoa notes perhaps) and the obviously large amount of sugar this has. Because this has a lot of sugar. It’s listed second on the ingredient list after water. And 16oz of this has 72 calories, which is the same as almost 5 teaspoons of sugar. Five. In 16oz. So yes, this is sweet.

That sweetness is probably what saves it for me and makes this enjoyable. I like chocolate covered espresso beans and this is like drinking them. So my big conundrum – how do I rate this? Do I rate it just on overall taste? Because it was good, I’d have it again (mostly because I do love me some sugar). Or do I rate this as a tea? Because expecting a tea and getting this? Yeah, that wasn’t so pleasant. As a non-tea bottle drink, this is probably a 73. But expecting a sip of tea-like beverage? This is probably a 23. So I’ll give it a rating with the average of those two.

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Cofftea

Not a fan of cold black coffee, especially sweetened- but I steep tea in coffee all the time so I must try! Thank you so much for posting this!:)

takgoti

Hrm. That is a tricky one. I think you handled it deftly. With the coffee and all the sugar, it’s difficult for me to see how the tea wouldn’t get drowned out. I guess it would make sense if the tea was in there to add more dimension to the coffee but the ‘cha’ makes it confusing indeed.

Auggy

Yep, it’s more of a coffee drink than a tea drink, but I’m thinking the chocolate taste is the tea showing through. But really, the ingredients are: water, sugar, tea, coffee. The two that really obvious are the sugar and the coffee, in that order. The tea gets left out. Poor tea.

takgoti

Aww. Pat, pat. [That’s me, patting the tea on the head.]

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