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From Adagio Custom Blends, Sami Kelsh

Until you’ve had army cocoa, you just haven’t lived! Precious Mike, playful and brave, possessed of the best of intentions (albeit horribly misguided that one time, but I mean, he’s been through a lot, cut the guy some slack), charming, brave, and once asked the Brigadier to dance. This blend brings together rich cocoa with more rich cocoa and some cocoa nibs for good measure, with a little roasty mocha. Sweet, to be sure, but a little cheeky, and a little complex, with a little undercurrent of darkness. A Doctor Who blend.

Created by: Sami Kelsh

Ingredients: black tea, toasted mate tea, natural chocolate flavor, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate chips, natural hazelnut flavor & marigold flowers

Steeping Instructions: Steep at 200° for 3 minutes.

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I’m so torn between being nervous about the job I interviewed for on Friday and nervous about the job I’m interviewing for on Thursday and being weirded out that the job I have hasn’t phoned me to ask when I can come in to train since they offered me the position weeks ago. I’m going to have to phone them and ask what’s up, but I kind of want to know whether I’m phoning to ask when I actually start working so I can make plans for next month, or if I’m phoning to tell them they’re going to have to find someone else.

I look forward to having things to talk about that aren’t related to looking for jobs. I’ve turned so boring. This was my post-interview brew before I crashed on the weekend with Gentleman. Also, his postcard from Japan arrived today, only a week after he’d actually returned from the UK. It was a beautiful photo of a field of tea! He knows me so well.

This blend gives army cocoa a run for its money. The fragrance begins with a heady dose of deep, dark cocoa, moving into a sweet richness reminiscent of smooth ganache. When brewed with a little milk and sugar, it’s cozy and just a bit sexy, the chocolate underscored by the hint of grassy chicory from the roasty mate and a whisper of hazelnut. The chocolate is decidedly the star here, and it expresses a remarkable depth and complexity, a balance of dark, bitter cocoa and playful sweetness, a lot like Captain Yates himself. I swear that my one solace in this world is tea. This time – when you’re up to your neck in debt with still no job to speak of, and the Commonwealth Prize judges didn’t shortlist your story – this is the time when soldiers are made.

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