Ever in search of various methods of energizing ourselves, we’ve discovered the next frontier in hot and cold caffeinated beverages: muul. Pronounced ‘mule’, muul is a new drink beverage straight out of Parkdale (apparently where all good Toronto trends are born) and this mysterious beverage goes where no beverage has *surprisingly* gone before.
muul is a unique hybrid beverage that fuses robust coffees with ethereal tea leaves. Popular in parts of Asia, the tea/coffee combo is a staple but no one here in North America seems to be taking this fusion seriously yet. Except muul. Currently they have four signature blends; Earl Vanilla which fuses a french vanilla coffee with a cream earl grey tea, Maple Chai fuses a spicy chai tea with a Canadian maple coffee, Peppermint Chocolate pairs a German chocolate coffee with a peppermint tea, and Green Tea Coffee fuses a Columbian roast with an organic Sencha green tea. The product is sold similar to ground coffee. It’s best served in a French Press but a traditional coffee maker also makes a delicious mug of muul.
muul launched last fall and quickly sold out online. It’s clear that coffee and tea connoisseurs were curious to see what was up. Is muul coffee flavored tea? Or tea flavored coffee? Apparently, it’s neither. Just like a real mule is hybrid of a horse and donkey, this muul is a true hybrid too, combining the world’s two favorite morning beverages into one mug. No artificial flavors. No added ingredients. Just Rainforest alliance certified coffee and ethically sourced tea leaves.
And the taste? Surprisingly delicious. At first your taste buds may feel confounded – we are assured this is a normal reaction. However, once you get past the initial confusion, there’s really no going back. muul creator Erin Wotherspoon initially invented the drink as a less acidic alternative to coffee. “I’m a total coffee lover but I started finding the second and third cup of the day was just way too harsh on my stomach so I started mixing my coffee with tea leaves. It helped mute the acidity and unexpectedly added a great flavor!” After a lot of experimenting muul was finally born!
muul is available for in-store purchase at the Toronto Designers market in Parkdale and online through their website. We just got word they recently inked a deal with a local Toronto restaurant. So look out for locals pouring the muul and be sure to order a mug.
So despite muul’s outwardly trendy appearance, we vote this pleasant oxymoronic beverage is here to stay. You’ve heard the hype. Now try the muul!