I’m kind-of funny about my coffee. I love it, but I only drink about three cups a month (there’s no particular reason why…I just don’t make it often). The thing that is stranger yet is that I’m not too keen on American-style coffee (the one exception being Tim Hortons, of course)…I much prefer French press or Turkish, which is what I usually brew if I’m at home and a coffee craving hits (at a coffeehouse I typically go for espresso or something espresso-based). For everyday drinking purposes I usually have plain water (boring, I know, but there’s nothing like it to quench thirst) or an occasional herbal tea (Moroccan Mint is my current favorite – delicious!). This is why I was happy to try something new when I recently received a sample of Teeccino’s Mediterranean Herbal Coffee.
I tried the original flavor, which is described as a light roast with a fruity, bright body and “citrus notes of orange peel sweetened by dates and figs”. A couple of nice things about this product are that it’s caffeine and gluten-free, and the inulin from chicory root acts as a prebiotic. I thought the ingredient list was pretty interesting, especially with carob at the top.
This product can be brewed as you would brew coffee; the back even gives instructions for how to brew it in a drip coffee maker, a French press, and an espresso machine. I used a French press and while it was brewing, it didn’t quite smell like coffee, but somehow it smelled reminiscent of coffee with aromatic notes of carob, chicory, dates, and orange. I like how rich and dark its gorgeous color is.
Now for the most important part…the taste! To me it didn’t taste like coffee, but I did enjoy it. It had a full-bodied mouthfeel and tasted mainly of carob and dates with faint citrusy notes. While I wouldn’t use this as a coffee replacement (sometimes you just need a good cup of joe), I would definitely drink it again. And I can absolutely see how this product would be a wonderful choice for people who are looking to cut back on caffeine.