When the Thermometer Hits 30º, It’s Time For a Tall Icy Glass Of…


Yes, this offering appeared in the vending machine near my school just as the word “summer” became synonymous with just-shoot-me-now-I-feel-like-going-back-home-and-taking-a-shower-before-I-even-make-it-to-the-train-station.

Because vending machine owners are on the cutting edge of predicting exactly what consumers will demand as the seasons change, I figured I ought to give Cold Black Bean Tea a chance.

This was a mistake. Although it had a rich, black color that promised full-bodied flavor, unfortunately that flavor was…beans.

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