Brewed Cacao? What is Brewed Cacao?
Okay, first let's start with a commonly asked question? Brewed cacao, brewing cocoa, brewed chocolate, brewed cocoa....what is the difference? The answer plain and simple, NOTHING! Brewed cacao, brewing cocoa, brewed chocolate, brewed cocoa are all exactly the same thing. It is cocoa beans( otherwise known as cacao) that is roasted, ground and then brewed or steeped like a coffee or tea. How do I know? That's an easy one. I invented brewed cacao!
My name is Jason Vanderhoven and I am the inventor of Choffy, which is the very first modern day brewed cacao or brewed chocolate. I say modern day because truth be told I am not the first person in the history of the world to brew cacao. Anciently cacao was brewed in Central and South America. Modern day brewed cacao is a little different than that of ancient times( back then they did not really roast cacao. They whipped it up with boiling water and chillis,) but the benefits are all there.
Since Choffy (brewed cacao) was invented back in 2006, the idea has started to make waves, in fact here is what Monica Reinagel said about brewed cacao just a few years ago on foodandnutrition.org.
"The health benefits of chocolate are widely celebrated, but there’s always that pesky asterisk attached. Although chocolate contains flavonoids and other antioxidants that may benefit your heart and buoy your mood, it also can be loaded with sugar and calories. That’s why we’re usually told to limit our consumption to one small square of dark chocolate a day.
Enter brewed cacao: a trendy new beverage that delivers all the benefits and decadent flavor of dark chocolate, without any of the sugar and fat, and virtually no calories. It also is low in caffeine, so you can enjoy it any time of day. Brewed cacao is, however, rich in theobromine, another mild central nervous system stimulant. Some users believe that theobromine boosts their mental energy and focus but without the nerve-jangling effects of caffeine. Controlled trials have so far failed to support these impressions.
Cacao beans intended for brewing are processed a bit differently than those destined to become chocolate or cocoa powder. Instead of the slow “baking” required to bring out the optimal flavor for chocolate, the beans are handled more like coffee beans and roasted quickly at high temperatures. Less processing means more of the beneficial compounds are preserved. As a result, a cup of brewed cacao contains roughly twice the amount of the flavonoids catechin and epicatechin as a square of dark chocolate or cup of hot cocoa.
With its rich, chocolatey aroma and full-bodied mouthfeel, brewed cacao is somehow more than just a beverage. Although an afternoon cup of tea or coffee often feels incomplete without a little something to go with it, a cup of brewed cacao, with or without a splash of milk, feels completely satisfying. As an after-dinner offering, it easily replaces both coffee and dessert.
To brew the perfect cup, place 2 tablespoons of ground cacao beans in a French press, add 1 cup of boiling water, stir briefly, and steep for 5 to 7 minutes before pressing. Brewed cacao can be enjoyed black or with milk or nondairy creamer and a touch of sweetener, if desired. The spent grounds make great compost, and your compost heap will smell wonderful.
The ground beans also are edible — and quite tasty! Try blending a spoonful into a smoothie, stirring into hot cereal or sprinkling over ice cream.
Although newly trendy, brewed cacao actually is nothing new. It was enjoyed by native Central Americans as early as 1,500 BC. So, the next time you get a craving for chocolate, instead of heading for the candy counter, why not make like the ancient Mayans and brew up a cup of cacao?"
Now that we have summed up what brewed chocolate is, which flavor should you try? That is a great question and the answer is varied based on your tastes. If you are a coffee drinker, odds are that you are going to find your perfect Choffy with our french roasts, such as Ecuador French Roast. If you are more of a tea drinker or perhaps not a brewed drink veteran then our more chocolaty options are going to be the range you will want to try out! Those are our Volta Medium Roast, Volta Dark Roast and our Ivory Coast French Roast and Ecuador Dark Roast( if you like more complex European style dark chocolates)
Now that you know what brewed cacao, brewing cocoa and brewed chocolate is, give Choffy a try. It's the original. It is the best and you are going to have a great experience with Choffy!
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