Some of you may remember that I'm taking a break from coffee.
I have fallen off the wagon a few times in the last 2 weeks but on a whole I'm been fine. I was surprised that I managed to function some days!
I'm still in the search of a hot and rich drink as a substitute. I finally managed to visit a health food store in the weekend and bought a few things to try.
First off the bat is Yannoh "coffee", made by a New Zealand company called Golden Fields ($6 for 25 satchels).
The blend is a Japanese recipe that is meant to create an "overall pleasing and strong taste with coffee-like flavour, sweetness and body".
I made my first cuppa on Saturday. First I tried it without milk - it tasted like genmaicha (Japanese green tea with brown rice). I didn't think it would work with milk, but surprising it did. The initial "feel" was thick and almost coffee-like, although the richness dropped away afterwards. It didn't taste like coffee, but it was pleasant and smooth. The only minus was that I left it infusing for too long so it was colder than I'd like.
I had another one yesterday and it was a lot more watery, I suspect I didn't have the water/tea ratio right.
This morning I had my third cup in the office.
It was somewhere between the first and second cup in terms of satisfaction. I put more milk in so it was richer, but it made my tongue a bit dry by the end.
On a whole I was happy to have find this alternative, and I'll keep in on the rotation, but it wasn't IT. I will try out the next option soon and report back.