Yerba mate

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Well, if you've ever travelled to South America and particularly Argentina you'll see yerba being drunk by nearly everyone. Literally. Drunk to help maintain a healthy weight and for its stimulating properties, our yerba tastes a little like a smoky green tea.

Louise Says

how does it taste?

A bit like a smoky green tea. Could this be the new Lapsang Souchong?

good if you're feeling

Open-minded and willing to take a risk. This is an Amazonian secret energy brew - it may smell like creosote, but it works like magic.

How we like it

With a sprinkling of cinnamon or ginger.

Just cover one tea temple with boiling water and infuse for 3 minutes. Remove temple and top-up glass with iced water.

Brew Time

  • tea temple - 1 per person. Infuse in boiling water. Brew for 3+ minutes.

Whole leaves take longer to brew, but the little wait is definitely worth it.

Good to know

great taste 2019 1 star
  • Boiling Water
    Boiling Water
  • Brew for 3+ minutes
    Brew for 3+ minutes
  • Calories 0
    0 calories per cup
  • what is in it?

    yerba mate

  • nutritional content per 100ml

    • 0 kcal
    • 0 sugar
    • 0 fat
    • trace carbohydrate
  • Allergens

    dairy free, gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Made in a factory that handles nuts.

Customer Reviews

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* * - - - by Justin • 17th December 2013

“This tastes ok but I did not feel energised by it, in fact I felt the opposite - incredibly sleepy. That would be great, but that's not what I wanted it for.”

On the fence...

* * * - - by Pharmorto • 5th December 2013

“I bought myself a 2 teabag pack of Yerba Mate as I like to try new things and my tea cupboard was getting full of the usual green/black varieties.
Having only just finished a cup of Yerba Mate, brewed for 3 mins and made with a sprinkle of cinnamon, I really cannot decide whether I like it or not. Love the smokiness and the cinnamon gives it a wee kick, however much like Lapsang Suchong its probably not something I'd enjoy drinking every day”

Liquorice & Mint

* * * * * by Sharon Mackie • 3rd November 2013

“First had this at Wagamama and fell in love. Got my first delivery 2 days ago. Put one temple in my Teapot. And put enough water in to make 2 mug sizes. Left for approx 5 mins then sat back and enjoyed, Best tea ever
Thanks Teapigs”


* * * * * by Bryony • 24th April 2013

“I replaced green tea with coffee and tea years ago but it was only a few months ago I tried Yerba Mate. I love it! I actually much prefer it to the green tea variety, its lovely and smokey but doesn't have the same bitterness green tea does. I would love 50 boxes as I can't get enough of this tea, its such a delight to drink and still has the same health properties as the green tea I'm so used to!”

Rocket Fuel

* * * * * by Tom • 2nd March 2013

“I like to boil it for at least 5 minutes to really get the flavours going - and mixed with a strong green tea it really packs a punch. Focuses the mind on a long afternoon!”

Sooooo right

* * * * * by Colette Newell • 28th November 2012

“Yes you are right! you either love it or hate it! and i love it!! Please please please can we have it in boxes of 50?”

Stevia and cocoa

* * * * * by Tom Goodgame • 8th September 2012

“so i tried this for the 1st time this week, and the second bag i had a teaspoon of stevia and about a 1/2 teaspoon on cocoa with it, and its amazing. it sounds like an odd combo, but the cocoa accents the smokeyness and the stevia provides a natural sweet aftertaste. try it”

Miracle Product!

* * * * * by Lisa L • 18th August 2012

“I can't rave about this tea enough! It has a really delicious fresh taste. It gave me energy but I also sleep better!
As if that isn't enough, I've even lost weight!
I agree with the previous reviewer, please do in the 50 boxes. I've just ordered loose tea and an infusion wheel to try and make it go further.”


* * * * * by Jill chant • 6th August 2012

“Tried it , loved it , and will be ordering some more today :)”

End of the evening

* * * * * by Tracey H • 9th July 2012

“Wonderful smokey taste (even after a glass of red wine) but not so heavy/energising you are bouncing off the walls .... great. Well worth a try and now on my 3rd reorder (Teapigs - can you do the bigger 50 box please)”

It does what is says on the packet!

* * * * * by topaz blue • 30th June 2012

“Wonderful tea! I was alittle skeptical at first but the taste is as good if not better than other herbal tea's I have drunk. The stack of vitamins, weight loss and health benefits this tea offers is definetly a no brainer for me.
I'm just off to buy my next batch!
Cheers Yerba Mate”

Yerba mate

* * * * * by Inkeri Abbotts • 13th June 2012

“My local gym was giving boxes of this tea away and thought it was because nobody was buying it. I love it and happily gave away packets to friends. In an idle moment at work I googled it and immediately was beset with articles about links to cancer. Comments? Suspect this is why the are giving it away...”


* * * * * by Su Turney • 11th June 2012

“This is fantastic - for me it's the only alternative to coffee in the morning - I have it in a pint mug & it tastes like a herbal lapsang souchong - very warming, light & gives me a great boost inside & out. 50 temple boxes please!!”

Cheers mate!

* * * * * by Darren Holloway • 13th May 2012

“What a lovely surprise. This tea tastes subtler than I thought it would having read the description, very pleasant. And as for the focus/energising effects? Well, they weren't lying. One cup of this and my head was clear and my mojo restored. Clean, slow release energy without any of the anxious buzz you get from some caffeine drinks. Thank you teapigs xx”

yerba mate

* * * * * by Dorinda Wolfe Murray • 10th May 2012

“I love this tea. Smokey and nothing like as heavy as lapsang souchong. Absolutely delicious. It is up there with your Earl Grey.”

my favourite tea!

* * * * * by Laura Hayes • 1st May 2012

“I love this tea. it is warm, smoky and flavoursome yet clean and fresh tasting too! really wakes you up but doesnt give you the 'coffee jitters'. wonderful in the 'tea temples' as you really get the full flavour. i enjoy it with cinammon.”


* * * * * by Clare Chapron • 27th April 2012

“I love this tea, all the great properties and more of green tea, a it tastes much better too, I wish i would have tried it sooner. I have gone to re order though, and very dissapointed that it is not sold in the 50 bag option ;(”


* * * * - by Zoe Ride • 26th February 2012

“Bought this when it was half price and I was happy to try it. It really is a lovely, smoky tasting tea, but with a freshness too. Delicious.”

Surprisingly refreshing!

* * * * * by Joanne Gibbins • 23rd February 2012

“I was unsure about this tea but I love it! It is a little heavier than green tea, but doesnt have the green tea aroma. Its is wonderful and I will definitely be buying more! Thank you Teapigs :-)”

A Suprising Favourite

* * * * * by Kerry Cowie • 17th February 2012

“As an avid green tea drinker, I was put off to start with as the reviews said it was the green version of lapsang souchong, which I don't like. Yes it has a slight smokiness about it but very clean and fresh tasting too, with the added bonus of a huge antioxidant score! What's not to like. It's up there in my top 3!”


* * * * * by Chloë • 29th January 2012

“As I'd had to give up coffee due the awful fractious slumps I experienced afterwards, when my cousin suggested this over Christmas, I thought I'd give it a go and like everyone else, have never looked back. It really truly does give you a brilliant lift that is a gift of clarity and concentration rather than the nervous twitch buzz of coffee. I think the boyfriend summed it up best when he said 'It makes my head feel fresh!'”


* * * * * by Anna • 15th January 2012

“I've had yerba mate before but I never thought it would become one of my favourites. Now I can't think of a better drink for a cold winter afternoon or evening! Add a teaspoon of delicious homemade honey and enjoy :) I also find it extremely affordable, so I will definitely be ordering some more very soon.”

Overall okay.

* * * - - by Catherine • 19th December 2011

“I got this tea on the suggestion that it could be the next Lapsang Souchong. Yerba Mate doesn't come close to Lapsang Souchong's smoky yumminess and I'm a little confused by other reviews lusting over its great smoky flavour. Maybe I've been spoilt by Lapsang Souchong. Yerba Mate is an okay tea - more in the area of a green tea. I enjoyed a cup in the morning with my breakfast.

Worth trying but I doubt it will become a regular thing for me.

TL;DR version:
Please add a Lapsang Souchong tea to your collection :D”

A very pleasant surprise

* * * * * by R.Poole • 15th November 2011

“The best review i can give this tea is to say that it arrived in a 'cheeky' pack a week ago and i was initially hesitant in trying it, yet i'm having to re order already !.

A really great discovery which has become my first drink of the day (and the second).”

Pack it BIGGER

* * * * * by Lee Doc • 30th October 2011

“I just want to add to the call for a bigger packet. surely you can see this tea is loved by your customers! So please make this scrummy (common cold fighting tea) in BIGGER numbers. Come on you know it makes sense........”

love it!

* * * * * by delyth evans • 14th October 2011

“I'm normally a coffee drinker and find many teas a bit 'sweet', but this one is a wonderfully strong tea taste with the slighly smokey edge. I echo Carol - please can we have big boxes?”

Yerba Mate

* * * * * by Dianne Owen • 10th October 2011

“Love the taste and love the effect, weaning off caffeine, and trying to lose weight, fantastic!”


* * * * * by Carole O'Connor • 10th October 2011

“Great tea. Effective and without the caffeine jitters of coffee. PLEASE start offering this as packs of 50.”

Yes mate, yerba mate

* * * * * by • 29th May 2011

“This was added a previous order as a free sample to try - I took ages to pluck up the courage, but am in the middle of final assignment writing for university and needed something and whilst searching through my cupboard re-found these - I was a bit nervous of the smokey, you'll love or hate, thing, but actually they are delicious and really have worked! Will definitely be adding to my regular order!! Could you start selling them in boxes of 50 though?”

Yerba Mate tea - invigorating

* * * * * by • 18th April 2011

“I was, initially, a little concerned about trying a creasote-y tea. However I was pleasantly surprised. The smell is dark and smokey and almost bitter, but I thought it was OK. The smokeyness was the strongest aroma and it was soft and warm.

Upon tasting the tea I wondered where the smokey aroma came from because the taste is smooth and rounded - not harsh and aggresive (which is what creasote brought to mind!). This tea leaves your mouth feeling clean with a slight herbal taste - I can't think how to describe it, but it is very pleasant without being over-powering.

Visually the tea is a fresh bright green - a spring green if you will, and that is how it leaves you feeling....with a spring in your step.

An interesting tea - I'm glad I took a chance on it, because I really enjoy it.”

Yerba Mate

* * * * * by • 25th January 2011

“We run a detox and rejuvenation retreat in Spain, I was given some yerba mate tea pigs as a christmas present, I put them with all the other herbal teas we have here and my guests looooved them. They disappeared within a day, infact there was nearly a fight for the last one in the pack. I am ordering some more - is it possible to buy them by the suitcase full :)”

Yerba Mate- Watch out for the natural caffine!

* * * - - by • 12th October 2010

“I am a huge fan of Teapigs and always have a variety in my cupboard. I started to drink it when I stopped drinking coffee. I used to have a cup of Yerba Mate in the morning , and sometimes one mid day. I've just been to the doctor and my blood presssure has gone through the roof. I always had high blood pressure , but it has significantly increased since my new regime . This is by no means a complaint , I've swapped over to lemon and ginger first thing now, so just be aware that it does contain natural caffine !”

good stuff

* * * * * by • 27th September 2010

“i have a brew of this magic potion before my martial arts class for long lasting energy”

good stuff

* * * * * by • 27th September 2010

“i have a brew of this magic potion before my martial arts class for long lasting energy”


* * * * * by • 18th September 2010

“This tea smells horrible, but once you get over the original smell the tea is rather pleasant and makes you feel very alert.

I return to school after the summer holidays tomorrow so I will be drinking lots tomorrow morning to get me going! This tea is great for anyone who hates coffee as it has the same effect on your body without the need (my need, i cant stand coffee) for lots of sugar and milk.

Just make sure you dont get a wiff of it before hand because it may put you off!”

Yerba tea bags

* * * * * by • 27th July 2010

“I bought the tea bags to try. I am so totally hooked and need to buy some more as run out. I do not find it an acquired taste and think it is lovely.”

Yerbama (te)

* * * * * by • 14th June 2010

“I have drunk Yerbama as I know it, all my life. My grandmother was a fan. She used it for her rheumatism (which she hardly had at all). My family always drank it with milk. I also like lapsang souchong, so that taste is obviously similar and would appeal to like-tasting individuals. Glad to find it available as a tea bag. We've always used the small leaf from Brazil.”

Herbal Bed Rull

* * * - - by • 26th May 2010

“Well, you know what i mean. Tastes somewhere between smoked haddock and malboro lights. Best drunk quickly (or you wont finish the mug). Does make you more alert tho. For once, Teapigs - can you make it taste of nothing!?”

Best mates!!!

* * * * * by • 6th May 2010

“Although I've only tried two varieties so far - i.e. Yerba Mate and Summer Flowers (which is also lovely). I love this tea! The two in contrast could be compared to Dark angel and Good Angel. And although it's sometimes nice to be good, if u can't be good - then be good at it!! ;0) Thankfully I never was a loyal cigarette smoker to compare this mysterious, distinctive tea to tobacco - however, I would say that this tea is Smokin!!! ;0) I definitely feel it draws me out of a mundane, 'get me outta of here' slump anytime of the day and my brain does feel stimulated and alive - well at least until my next menial task that is!! I actually prefer it to green tea. Keep up the good work're my angel!! ;0)”


* * * * * by • 13th April 2010

“I found this site as I was specifically searching google for Yerba Mate as I was interested in its energising properties. I brought this and it arrived today.. Am on my second cuppa and I love it. The taste is probably not to everyones liking but for me its decent.. It definitely feels stimulating and well I will be buying more! Also wanna try some different flavours of teas now too .. Never been a tea drinker in the past!! :)”

Pleasantly surprised

* * * * - by • 31st March 2010

“After reading mixed reviews I was apprehensive about yerba mate but the smoky flavour gave it a lovely edge - although I only brewed it for a minute and a half, so any longer may have been overpowering. A great pick-me-up.”

Yes mate!!!

* * * * * by • 8th March 2010

“Lovin th tea! Strange but nice taste! Bought loose leaf las time gna get temples so I can drink yerba on th go! Wkd again guys!!!! Thanx!!!”

Much nicer than expected

* * * * * by • 1st March 2010

“I read the reviews and decided to give this tea a go, I really don't like Lapsang Souchong so was a little nervous it would be as smoky but it's not, quite a subtle flavour, go on give it a go.

This will be a regular order for me now, can we have a bag of 50 temples please?”

Love it

* * * * - by • 27th February 2010

“Enjoying this tea, I must be in the half that love it. Certainly a conversation stater at work. Not sure about the health benefit, I guess time will tell.”

Holy Smoke!

* - - - - by • 26th February 2010

“I was really keen to try this tea but have to say i am in the hate camp! I'm not sure if it is because i am an ex-smoker but when drinking this tea all i can think about is drinking a cup full of tobacco. On the other hand the Super Fruit tea is delicious!”

Yerba Mate Tea

* * * * * by • 16th January 2010

“I'm new to Teapigs and I had read the information on all the teas and decided to order a few samples tins. Out of the teas I ordered, this tea was the one I was most apprehensive about trying but was curious to try because of the "love it or hate it" remark. When I opened the tin and sniffed the tea, it didn't appeal to me but I went ahead and tried it. To my surprise it was pleasant, slightly bitter but not a nasty taste. I added a piece of fresh ginger to the cup which improved the smell and also made a slight difference to the taste. Once I had drunk it, a few minutes later I found myself wanting another cup. I'm not sure if I felt any more alert and awake but I shall certainly be buying more of this tea and making sure I have my fresh ginger to go with it. I am pleased I took the plunge and gave it a try.”

My mate Yerba mate!

* * * * * by • 7th January 2010

“I'm really liking this tea, I have it with a little honey and the taste is lovely, may be i just liked wierd tasting tea and it does make you alert.. i'm going to order more now.”

Yerba Dilemma

* * * - - by • 3rd August 2009

“I'm facing a dilemma with yerba mate: every other sip I take from my cup tastes nice, but every second tastes as if someone had poured hot water over fresh tobacco in my tea cup and diluted it with a bit of green tea.
(not quite as bad as you'd think though)

I have tried mixing it with several things from honey and vanilla to jasmine and lemons. The taste does improve a little with especially honey.

Now, my dilemma is whether I should suffer the taste to gain the health and energy benefits, or if I should just stop. And since every other sip actually DOES taste nice....”


* * * * * by • 27th April 2009

“I love this tea, it really does wake you up and it tastes delicious with the suggested pinch of cinnamon or allspice. Lush, a fabulous discovery!”

Yerba mate

* * * * * by • 13th March 2009

“I read the mixed reviews but tried it and I really like the taste, I can see why some people might not like it as it does have a tabacco-ish taste but not in a bad way and I've never smoked!”


* * * * * by • 10th March 2009

“O.k, I am happy to say, I am in the 'love it' camp! It does have quite a strong flavour, but it's not at all unpleasant - I quite like it! It's quite a smokey flavour, as long as you don't brew it for too long, as because it could become overpowering. I'm not sure about the energy benefits yet, but it definitely helps me to feel full, so I'm guessing it would help to aid weight loss - will have to keep you posted on that one!”

I love it

* * * * * by • 3rd March 2009

“I am now a full time yerba mate drinker! In fact i have given up my 1000 cups of tea a day and now drink this and love it. It feels cleansing and energizing - i love it”

longing for my mate'

* * * * * by • 23rd July 2008

“It was when I started tango lessons last year, I was introduced to the Yerbe Mate Tea.
At the Milongas, it was fashinating to see the Argentine teachers gather to suck this drink through a metal straw, out of a specially designed bowl... it seemed almost ritualistic, and deffinately good fun.

When I was invited to try it, I soon fell for the refreshing and energising effect, and set out to get some for myself..

For me - it was the first thing I had ever tried, which could replace coffee, which gives me the gitters if I have too much it..

Since then - I have tried a few different versions of the tea, but have to say, the Teapigs Mate' suits me to perfection!

I brew it just like green tea (don't tell the argis) as I dont have the proper 'mate' kit' ...

Anyway ~ hurry up the post.....:~)”


* * * * - by • 17th April 2008

“Yerba Mate didnt taste as bad as I thought it would. It is the ashtray smell as you are drinking it that is the worse bit. Have been drinking it a for 2 or 3 weeks now and adding a slice of lemon to the pot whilst it is stewing makes all the difference giving it a bit of a zesty taste but most of all taking the pubs ashtray smell away.
As for the energy boosting qualities - I am undecided.”

yerba mate

* * * * * by • 5th April 2008

“After been a traditional tea drinker for 40 something years I thought I'd give something else in the tea world a try. After tasting a considerable amount that tasted like chewing gum, perfume, aftershave and other things I don't care to mention. I tried yerba mate expecting the same results a couple of sips and down the plug hole...... BUT.......was pleasantly surprised its like a glass of red wine the first couple of sips are a bit harsh then it kind of grows on you. So to people like myself who facy a change from the normal cuppa I can highly reccomend the odd cup of yerba mate thrown in its a nice change.”

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* * * * * by • 1st April 2008

“oh my lordy lord, i was just out in my garden and feeling really rather tired (being an avid weeder has this affect) when i thought i'd make a nice cup of tea. I was looking forward to trying yerba mate as there had been a number of conflictig and mixed reviews amongst many of my tea drinking friends . I was pleasently suprised and found the smoky flavour very exotic and rustic. I also got a big burst of energy and commenced to being Mrs Greenfinger with new zeal and mammoth relish. I shall be recommending yerba mate to everybody.”

Temples of Zoom!

* * * * * by • 10th March 2008

“I found out about both Yerba Mate and Teapigs in an article in Men's Health magazine.

With a two-month old son and a busy job, anything that claimed it could possibly boost my energy levels, was worth a try! So there I found it online (and incidentally, I think it's a great site) and ordered a couple of boxes.

It arrived within a couple of days, and they even chucked in a free sample bag of another tea which I thought was a nice touch. Teapigs very honestly described this as a tea which you'll either love or hate, but my advice is not to be too put off by this - I don't think it's any more of an acquired taste than regular green tea, which if you frequent a site like this, you've probably tried and aren't too put off by.

As for the energy-boosting benefits, well it could be coincidence and/or placebo effect, but I do feel a lot better in the last few days since I started drinking it, so my advice is to give it a try. If nothing else, energy benefits aside it's a really nice tea. Only time will tell if I lose a bit of weight too.

Top marks for the 'tea temples' as well - basically just a very fine teabag with real leaf tea inside - the end result of which is you don't need to dredge your teacup before washing it and don't end up with a layer of dust on top of your tea, just a great tasting brew!

Thanks teapigs - I'll be back soon for another, larger order



* * * * - by • 8th March 2008

“Of all the teas of tried this is the one i'm least decided about. It's not un-pleasant, i did'nt find it that stimulating and i'd probably drink it agin if there was'nt much else in the cupboard.”

wake up brew

* * * * * by • 23rd February 2008

“I find this tea gives a nice pep first thing in the morning. and a great pick-me-up for the long hours at work.”

Val Crow

* * * * * by • 3rd February 2008

“This tea is delicious I love the smokey flavour. So much better tasting than green tea!”

Yerba mate tea

* * * * * by • 27th November 2007

“Three weeks ago I was actually tasting mate tea at Santo Pipo mate plantation at Bella Vista in Paraguay (sorry - name dropping, but true). Sadly, somewhere on the journey home I managed to lose my huge box of mate tea. So, I wasn't sure about these tea bags but they are the real thing alright. Its certainly not as energising as the coca tea I had in Peru, but unfortunately that's not available in the UK. However, I think it does give me a bit of go in the mornings and it tastes fine too.
I like it best weak with no additives and made with hot, not boiling, water. I'm very pleased to find a supplier.”

Mover over Jasmine!

* * * * * by • 4th September 2007

“Being a big fan of the usual Jasmine, Green, and other herbal Teas. It only took me a split second to give this a trty once i read the health benefits! It tastes like a stronger brew of green tea, with a def smokey taste! I have switched it to my regular cup of tea! I have been feeling more alert - but not sure if that is just a phsycological thing!?”

Yerba Mate Tea Temples

* * * * * by • 15th August 2007

“After reading about this in grazia I decided to go online and buy. I have never heard of tea pigs before, its finally arrived after ordering over a week ago and it tasts just like green tea which I drink by the bucket load. Ok so it has a slight smoky after taste but I can live with that!”


* * * * * by • 10th August 2007

“I can't believe what I read about this tea on your website as the taste is really, really lovely without all the cinnamon and other potions you suggested adding. It's a really smooth tasting tea and if it's made with water that's off-the-boil, then it doesn't become bitter. I will most definitely be buying more teas from you. Tessa Sinclair”

Mrs Newson

* * * * * by • 10th August 2007

“Yerba Mate

Very pleasent tasting. More depth than green tea with a hint of an apple wood bonfire!

Easiest health regime ever!!”

Yerba mate tea

* * * * - by • 7th August 2007

“Didn't know what to expect. Very refreshing quite mild tasting.I used 3 teabags while in work.Only my first day but so far so good.”

Yikes - Yerba!

* * * - - by • 24th May 2007

“Didn't know what to expect with this but was feeling a little bit below par and the tin said that it was a sure fire energy brew - so we gave it a shot. This was a really interesting tea - so far it's scored lowest in our tiny tea trial (we're trying the whole range - we're addicted!) but it did perk me a up a lot - felt much perkier in fact...”


* * * * * by • 14th March 2007

“mate is an awesome tea.

the taste is best left alone (though in parts of south america sugar is added) and should be brewed using water that is not boiling to avoid an over heavy tannis (bitterness).

works superbly as a pick me up after a big meal or midday nap...”


* * * * - by • 4th February 2007

“If you're a herbal tea drinker, you'll love this fresh tea. great way to start the morning. The cinnamon didn't work so well for me, and no ginger in the office! but i liked it just as it was.

delivery was super quick - it arrived the day after i ordered, much to my surprise. online shopping never turns out as easy as you expect it to be, but it was even more so with teapigs.


Yerba Mate tea

* * * * - by • 29th January 2007

“I was expecting this to be pretty grim after reading its description on your website, but I was pleasantly surprised. When I'm feeling so tired that my face actually hurts, Yerba Mate really does take the pain away and makes me feel awake. Drinking this transforms me from lethargic and listless to the female equivalent of Jack Bauer - strong, powerful and invincible!”


* * * * - by • 17th January 2007

“I have to admit the first time I tried this I didnt really like it or with the recommened addition of ginger. However a good sprinkling of cinnamon really makes it taste superb!!! Plus its a detox tea can't really go wrong!!”

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