Israeli Coffee?

This is really off-topic, but interesting…

Close to a year ago I had to give up coffee cold turkey (ok… I still have an occasional cup, maybe once every 2 to 3 months). Coffee was a love of my life. No, I wasn’t a Folger’s addict (that’s barely classified as “coffee” in my book), but somewhat of a connoisseur of whole bean, organic, medium-dark roasted blends with nice body and a smooth finish. Since that time I’ve really missed my morning coffee. I replaced it with a medley of teas (mostly Chai teas, my favorites being Numi Ruby Chai with Rooibos, and Tulsi Masala Chai or Tulsi Goto Kola). Recently, I came across an herbal “coffee-type” drink (Teeccino Original Herbal Coffee).

Yesterday morning, as I was sipping it for the first time, I had a flash back to when I was in Israel a few years ago on an archaeological dig. Every morning our hotel would serve this delicious “coffee.” At least that’s what I was told, and no one ever made any indication otherwise. Each morning when I drank my cup, I was totally confused. My eyes and nose told me it was coffee, but my mouth told me it was closer to chocolate than coffee. I couldn’t figure it out. As I sip on my “herbal placebo” I really have to think that the main ingredient in this mixture had to have been in the “coffee” I had in Israel.

What’s the main ingredient? Roasted carob (hence the chocolate flavor). Has anyone else had a similar experience? I would love to hear I’m not totally crazy…

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