Today was the first day I have had a chance to try this. I had run out of broth to put into a soup I was making. (I usually make my own broth.) I wasn't expecting it to have the pepper and other flavorings, but that worked for me. Now I am trying it in a mug of hot water and the tiniest bit of Celtic sea salt. I can see having this in hot water on a cool evening as a caffeine-free drink. I am giving this a 4 instead of a 5 because - well, it isn't chocolate!