Endorffeine Tamarind Thai Basil Tea (Drink of the Week)

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A few things don’t quite ring true with Endorffeine‘s Tamarind Thai Basil Tea ($4.25). For instance, barista Jack Benchakul’s modern, glass-fronted coffee bar in L.A. Chinatown‘s Far East Plaza is designed to drive endorphins with support from caffeine. This tea has no caffeine, and technically isn’t even a tea, since there are no tea leaves in sight. However, Benchakul’s caffeine-free tisane is still able to generate serious refreshment and big flavor, which are both much more essential on hot summer days than fact-checking menu listings.

Benchakul combines tangy tamarind, savory Thai basil, ginger and a hint of honey to form an easy sipping drink that isn’t too sweet and comes available either iced or hot. I’d recommend ice, and sipping through a candy colored straw. Will this drink get your heart racing? No. Is this even tea? No. Should either revelation bother you? No.

Endorffeine Tamarind Thai Basil Tea (Drink of the Week)

727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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