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Rooibos Tea
Cacao, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Rooibos, Organic Vanilla Beans
Chocolate, Smooth, Rooibos, Vanilla, Cocoa
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 6 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “sipdown! uh 224. I was enjoying this…immensely as i made it as a latte today – steeped in milk. as i was contemplating my tasting note though, someone shared news with me about an old “friend” of...” Read full tasting note
  • “Last weekend I had a craving for chocolate. I searched the tea drawer in vain not believing that I didn’t already own a chocolate tea… not that I ever remember ordering one. So, Monday morning I...” Read full tasting note
  • “Made a cup of this one (hot) the other night and left it in the fridge to cool to make “iced tea”… it definitely has that characteristic cacao shell flavour, but now that I’ve had straight cacao...” Read full tasting note
  • “Weird. I’m happy I got a sample of this from VariaTEA instead of buying it because I am not a fan. Nope, nope nooooooo. I thought I would be too, but it’s just too … huh. I’m not even sure how to...” Read full tasting note

From American Tea Room

This sumptuous, caffeine-free, fat-free blend of organic cacao husks, organic vanilla beans and organic rooibos is sure to be an instant American Tea Room classic.

If the color and aroma of our Choco-Laté blend doesn’t evoke chocolate, then nothing does. Rich brown cacao husks, dark flecks of vanilla bean and umber-colored rooibos present a beguilingly sweet dark chocolate aroma that’s backed with the naturally sweet, woody scent of antioxidant-rich rooibos. The deep garnet brew has a seductive aroma akin to European sipping chocolate. Its smooth flavor is a perfect balance of chocolate, vanilla and rooibos that appeals to chocolate lovers and rooibos lovers alike. The lingering, cacao-rich aftertaste is enough to satiate even the most ardent chocoholic.

Drink Choco-Laté on its own as a naturally sweet, fat-free snack or dessert, or dress it up with agave nectar and rice milk for a healthy tea latte. It’s a natural pairing for chocolate, but if you’re trying to be good, sip it alongside fresh fruit instead. Delicious!

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15147 tasting notes

sipdown! uh 224. I was enjoying this…immensely as i made it as a latte today – steeped in milk. as i was contemplating my tasting note though, someone shared news with me about an old “friend” of mine. For those that don’t know, i used to play world of warcraft pretty heavily and regularly. (story time now..no more tea comments, move on if you’re looking for those). started when the game launched etc..yadda yadda, was an officer in a guild, pulled 40 ppl through molten core etc but at a casual level i was proud to have gone through things with. None of this raiding 20 hours a week for me. long story short, one of my friends from wow passed away last weekend and the news has trickled over to me tonight. I haven’t talked to “runabout” in a while, but we kept in touch over the years. I honestly didn’t expect news of his death to hit me quite as hard as it has. One of those random internet friends….we met in person a couple times with the florida crew, but mostly we chatted in game and through email, trying to coordinate things. So right now, i’m waxing poetic about the good times we had, drinking my tea and smiling at internet friends. something my parents don’t understand as they didn’t grow up in this generation, but something i whole heartedly understand as our world has become more and more connected through our ability to share with one another. A silly game, yes but one that allowed me to meet some FABULOUS people, that i’m still friends with…i’ve shared weddings and births and other such events…and tonight….the first death. And it’s floored me. good night.


I’m sorry to hear it. I definitely identify with what you mean—there are people I “met” online over a decade ago and feel in many ways closer to than most of my in-town friends.


Oh, I’m so sorry to hear.

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear this sad news, sister.


Oh. That’s terrible. It sounds like you guys had some great times together – doesn’t matter if it was “only” over the internet. <3 :(


Aww no, Sil, I’m so sorry.


oh gosh, sil. I’ve unfortunately known a lot of people online who’ve passed away, and of course it hits you so hard. And makes you wish you’d spoken to them more. etc. I’m thinking of you and I’m sorry it hurts so badly right now. :(


I’ve very sorry! If you haven’t, check out The Guild on youtube or watchtheguild.com when you are ready to laugh.

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310 tasting notes

Last weekend I had a craving for chocolate. I searched the tea drawer in vain not believing that I didn’t already own a chocolate tea… not that I ever remember ordering one. So, Monday morning I did A LOT of research into the best non-caffeinated chocolate teas out there and decided that this one must be it. I placed an order Monday morning and it arrived at my PO box on Weds morning!

On to the tea… everything about this tea is amazing and exactly what I wanted in a chocolaty dessert tea. The smell in the bag was like I’d opened up a tin of hot cocoa mix. The rooibos is mixed with large chunky bits of cacao husks and is quite interesting to look at. You rooibos haters stay with me. I didn’t taste any rooibos in this tea. I tasted a thin hot cocoa. I say thin because it’s tea… not a comment on flavor. The chocolate was nice and deep. The whole house smelled like hot cocoa. I think if I’d added some soy creamer to it, it would have had a thicker mouth feel, but it didn’t need it. This tea only held up for one steeping, but that is generally what I expect from Rooibos, so I was not disappointed. If you want chocolate, and nothing else, this is your tea.

I love hot cocoa and never drink it because I can’t take those kind of calories on a daily basis… so usually the hot cocoa comes out for the first snowstorm of the season. Now, I’ll bring out the Choco*late (and a lot more often than the cocoa came out of the pantry).

If you think it sounds like I am in love, you might just be right. ❤ I think this is the first 100 I’ve given out. It’ll be interesting to see if that opinion holds over a few cups.

Sweetened with a bit of agave nectar. 2 heaping tsp to 12 oz.

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When I finish my chocolatey rooiboses, this one is getting bought!!


I may have to look into this one. Yay for non-woody rooibos!


Do it! :)


Hooray for your first perfect score!!!!!


Yeah, I liked it so much that I think this is the first time I’ve ever tried to re-steep a rooibos (since I’ve always assumed it wouldn’t work). I wanted more and I wanted to figure out how to make this tea last forever.


This sounds amazing!


I hope everyone likes it as much as I do or I will feel bad for making everyone want it!


teahee!!! :P
I’m sure it’s great!!!

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6107 tasting notes

Made a cup of this one (hot) the other night and left it in the fridge to cool to make “iced tea”… it definitely has that characteristic cacao shell flavour, but now that I’ve had straight cacao shells, there’s definitely too much rooibos hindering the delicious cacao flavour. I ended up sweetening it with maple syrup, which tasted pretty decent, but it definitely wasn’t as good as I remember (and I suspect it’s directly related to having had better teas since, not because it’s a bit older!)

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American Tea Room

thanks for the review – we think this tea is better hot than cold – don’t know why this is – but we too do not enjoy this cold – UNLESS you make it into a Tea Latte with whole milk – and then it is divine beyond divine.


Thanks – I should do that, as it sounds delicious!

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1598 tasting notes

Weird. I’m happy I got a sample of this from VariaTEA instead of buying it because I am not a fan. Nope, nope nooooooo.

I thought I would be too, but it’s just too … huh. I’m not even sure how to describe it. It’s like rotten banana – with that sort of liquorish odor, and it’s thick and woodsy and not chocolate. I’m just going to dump this. (155)


And now to pass the sample on to someone else in hopes this will find a nice home. Either that or it will get passed along until it gets dumped cup by cup.


Yes. If someone (Canadian) wants the last bit of it (2 cups?) they can have it! If no one claims it it will just… disappear!


That sounds terrible. Please disappear it! Please. (Well, unless someone is REALLY curious!)


Gross, I think BPAL makes a perfume that smells like how you describe the taste of this: Banana Peel in a Graveyard. Personally, I wouldn’t want to know what that would taste like.


And thanks for taking one for the team and trying it/going through that experience. Now you’ve spared me.


BPAL comes up with some interesting perfumes, that’s for sure.
Rotten banana tea sounds pretty awful.


I was not a fan of this either


Ok, I’m glad I’m not the only one who wasn’t a fan.

And yes, I think I’ll do everyone a favour and just disappear it. I wouldn’t want to inflict this on my worst enemy, nevermind one of you guys!!!


If you go to the tea’s page, people rated it fairly highly. Perhaps it was just this sample that I inflicted on the both of us?


That’s a possibility!


In that case, I am very sorry to have subjected you to this nightmare.


Hahah. Well it’s not like you made it bad! It could have just been another tea that I like which you don’t. (i.e., those Teavana ones I was able to drink)

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6768 tasting notes

83 is the LOWEST rating for this one here so far. I have been wanting to try this since it was added to steepster. I was lucky enough to receive a sample of it from American Tea Room…so…here goes!

The aroma is that of a semi-sweet chocolate but certainly not over the top intensely scented. By that I mean it doesn’t smack you in the face when you open the package. there are many ‘husks’ within the ‘mix’. The aroma post-infusion seems to be 33.3%-33.3%-33.3% across the board – Semi-Sweet Chocolate and Cocoa combined with Rooibos and with Vanilla.

The taste is very good…smooth and chocolaty with a little woodsy aftertaste. It certainly is one of the better tasting chocolate-type attempts I have tried and it works well with the rooibos.

I think I am in the middle of everyone else’s ratings. Where I wouldn’t give it a perfect 100 I certainly wouldn’t go below the lowest score of 83, either. My fear was, after reading the other reviews, that this one was pumped up too much and I would be disappointed but that is far from the truth! This is very good, indeed!


I found that the more tea you use, the better it gets. I use about 3 heaping tsp per 11-12 oz mug.


I will try that!!!!

Simple Life

I’ll definitely have to check this one out, I’m not one for tea that is a bit much in punch, sounds like this one may be something I’ll like!!

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6444 tasting notes

So I think I am definitely in the minority when it comes to my dislike for Herbal Infusions Cacao tea. The weird thing is, when I first tried that tea, even I loved it and then it went the way of Forever Nuts and for some reason even the smell is now off-putting. So I definitely was not excited when I opened this up to find what looked exactly like Cacao tea. Since I was packaging some up for Cavocorax anyways, I thought I might as well try it and if I didn’t like it, I would just send her the rest.

I brewed myself a cup and for me, this is worse than cacao tea because it has the smell and predominately the taste of cacao but then I am picking up rooibos in the background. I won’t rate this because honestly it’s my issue with the tea that caused me to dump the cup and not actually a reflection of the tea but this is also my first and last cup and the rest is off to Cavo where hopefully it will be enjoyed.


Oh gosh, I’ll take whatever Cacao you’d rather get rid of! I get it though, this has happened to me as well with several teas now.


I have to say, this sounds absolutely scrumptious. I love cacao! Lucky Cavo!


Oh no! I’m sorry it was such a disappointment! (Although I’m happy to have a cup or so to try! :D)

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1501 tasting notes

A sipdown, only because I’m sending the last little bit off to someone whom I think will enjoy testing it out. Hopefully there’s enough left in there for a cup!

I still like Coco*Late a lot more, however this is a decent substitute when craving something decaf. The rooibos is way too present for me however to really enjoy it fully, and it’s missing a level of creaminess that I’ve come to expect with a chocolate tea.

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i drank this the other morning,
and was gonna make a note about it tonight.
but then i watched the new sherlock episode (3×02)
and now i’m so bittersweet-sad that i can’t bring myself to do anything further.

(… it’s next morning)
i made this cup of tea by steeping the “leaves” on the stove in unsweetened vanilla almond milk with agave added. since i never ever make lattes it felt EXTREMELY decadent. and when i added the herbal tea to the milk the kitchen filled completely with a rich chocolate smell. i sister smelled it immediately from far across the room. the flavor was a little strange to me at first? but i think i could get used to it in a very good way.
the true bonus was just making a latte and being reminded that i really should encourage myself to enjoy them more :) so much yum.


I have been trying to watch the episode for over 2 hours now but it keeps buffering. The episode is so great but it sucks watching it in like 5 minute chunks :(


oh VariaTEA, that is seriously no way to watch quality tv! (my house has several film & movie snobs in it’s ranks, and if i watched like that i would seriously risk ostracization! hah. or at least get made fun of a whole lot)(but i understand. desperate times call for desperate measures!) i hope you go through the episode and enjoyed it.


That latte was awesome, yes. Super creamy chocolate.


I have to find the time to watch it tonight…


I definitely agree Shmiracles but I introduced my sister to the show and she refused to watch on the laptop which meant that I had to hook it up to the television and if it went into sleep mode while waiting for it to load the sound would only play through my laptop speakers as opposed to the televisions ones, which also she was not okay with. That left me with the option to stand there and tap the laptop for an hr waiting for it to load or to watch it section by section :(

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3294 tasting notes

I think this is my favorite rooibos tea ever, and it’s sipdown 94, I think.
Thanks Sil!



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525 tasting notes

This is pretty good. I love chocolate, but usually it’s hard to enjoy in solid form. I think milk chocolate is often too sweet and creamy. Dark chocolate, while preferable, is often too strong to enjoy more than a bit of. It just seems that chocolate is often too intense. Fortunately, this tea allows you to control the strength and sweetness. How cool is that? Very cool.

Smells and tastes very chocolate-y. But the flavor is not too intense so I can drink to my heart’s content. It’s good without sweetener as well, which is how I prefer my drinks. If they are sweetened, I usually get tired of the sweetness at some point and switch to water to wash the sweetness out of my mouth. I know, I’m weird. I got really thirsty when I go to parties sometimes because few people think to stock water since most people are happy to drink juice or soda or other sweet stuff. I should just bring my own water. Is that rude?

Anyways! Tea! Yes, this is good. I have full control of the flavor! This tastes best hot. When it cools, it starts to taste a bit like wood. Is this because it’s made from cocoa husk? Hmm… I had considered trying this with milk, but it’s pretty good without addition, so I’m just gonna keep drinking it. :) I don’t really get much vanilla or rooibos in this, but it’s okay. Still tasty.

Thank you QueenofTarts!

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