I love coffee ... I love its fragrance, its flavor, its versatility. I love the way it fills the air with a rich, nutty aroma and that first sip instantly gives you the energy to face the day.
I love tea ... I love its simplicity, its purity, its uncomplicated warmth.
I love ... Pero? Actually, I kind of do.
I first tried this beverage at an organic Japanese restaurant a few weeks back. It was listed on the menu as "grain coffee", something I'd never heard of but was willing to try. Maybe it was the organic surroundings that made it seem less risky. Who knows? Had I known it was made of malted barley, chicory, and rye I might have been less willing. Sounds more like a listing of wood grains than grain coffee. But ignorance is bliss, as they say, and so I had my first sip and the deal was sealed. I was instantly hooked. Admittedly it doesn't quite imitate the taste and texture of coffee to perfection. There is the roasted factor and the color and consistency come close. You can even mix in your favorite coffee additives - the sugar, the milk, the flavored syrups. However, if you're looking for the richness, that full-bodied flavor you only get with a great cup of coffee, this probably isn't the drink for you. Pero is lighter, somewhere between coffee and tea. For someone who loves warm beverages, this is a great, natural alternative. It's lower in acidity than coffee or tea, made of all natural ingredients and contains no stimulants. I drank at least three cups that evening with dinner and experienced none of the jittery after effects I invariably get with coffee. It's also almost absurdly more affordable than the average decaf-soy-low-foam-extra-hot-latte from your local Starbucks. One container of Pero - conveniently available at Whole Foods and the like - runs under ten dollars and makes 130-135 cups, according to the label.
Die hard caffeine addicts should probably stay away but if you don't necessarily need a rush with every beverage, give this one a try. You too might fall in love.
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Pero is a 100% natural beverage with a coffee like taste. It's 100% naturally caffeine free and blended from select all natural ingredients--malted barley, chicory, and rye.
And because Pero contains no stimulants, it will not elevate heart rate or blood pressure, cause sleeplessness or create any adverse physical ailments typically associated with caffeine consumption. Plus the low acidity of this natural beverage makes it easy to enjoy morning, noon or night without the fear of an upset stomach.