Brews like coffee, tastes like hot chocolate (Crio Bru)

I’m starting this off by saying that Crio Bru has no idea who I am and I am not being paid to endorse them. This is all just my opinion.

That said, I’ve spent a lot of time on Pinterest lately, just scrolling dismally through my feed late at night while trying to rock the baby to sleep. I’ve seen a lot of those video ads. But the only one I ever clicked on was for some company that sells ground cacao that you brew like coffee.

Turns out they’re called Crio Bru, this little company that sell organic, fair trade cacao. It’s roasted and ground like coffee. There’s lots of different roasts and varieties, and they’re branching out into flavors like hazelnut and caramel. I stared and stared at that ad, then I went to their website and stared at their pictures. And I knew what I wanted for my birthday.

Roasted cacao beans from Wikimedia Commons

Trouble is, you can’t make it in a coffee pot with paper filters. Well, you can, but it won’t be as good. So I asked my husband for a little French press coffee pot and some of this cacao for my birthday. I just wanted to try it out and see what it was like.

My birthday arrived and so did the coffee pot and cacao. My hubby had ordered me a sampler pack with a bunch of different flavors in it. So far I’ve tried the Venezuela one and the Double Chocolate one.

Oh my goodness. This is the best hot chocolate you’ve ever tasted. It has this rich depth of flavor that hot chocolate mixes or cocoa powder can only hope to attain. It’s satisfyingly bitter, and adding sugar and cream just kicks it over the top. I’ve gotten to where chocolate candy is just too overpoweringly sweet, so being able to have chocolate where I control the sugar content is perfect. I make mine with honey, so it’s only semi-sweet.

Hot chocolate from Wikimedia Commons

The kids and my hubby love this stuff, too. We’re currently experimenting with how many times you can re-brew the same grounds before it loses its flavor. We’re up to three times. My coffee pot only holds three cups, and there’s nine of us, so we go through it pretty fast. I think I’ll be upgrading to a larger pot soon.

I’ve read that the Aztecs used cacao as an aphrodisiac, because it’s supposed to enhance your mood. Commercial chocolate never did that for me. Too many additives, too little actual cacao, I guess. Well, this cacao drink actually does boost my mood. I feel very good inside after drinking it, and it leaves me cheerful. The only other thing that does that to me is my calcium supplement, which has MSM in it. (MSM does similar things and makes you feel really good.) Apparently cacao is high in magnesium and antioxidants, so it’s very good for you.

I don’t eat a lot of luxury foods, so this has been very fun to experiment with. I’m also happy to support a cacao company that doesn’t use slave labor to harvest the cacao, like the big candy companies do. If you’d like to treat yourself, especially as the weather cools off, head over to Crio Bru and order a sampler pack. The cacao is about the same price as coffee, so if you can afford one, you can afford the other. Hit up their website and treat yourself!

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