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micacao

Cacao Tea/MiCacao

If you’re craving something chocolaty in the afternoon at tea time, this is the tea for you. I don’t mean chocolaty like a candy bar, either; I mean chocolaty like baker’s cocoa. It’s definitely not for the “beginner” tea drinker, in my opinion.

Made from the shells of the cacao bean and mixed with cocoa nibs, this tea has a very soothing aroma once brewed but the flavor…WOW. Imagine just dabbing your pinky finger into the tub of baking cocoa and licking it. Bitter, right?

The flavor of this tea does not match the aroma in the least, but it is an AMAZING sip. Although it does not contain caffeine, it does have some naturally occuring mood boosters and antioxidants that just might give you the push you need to get through the rest of the work day.

I always give my new teas the opportunity to impress without adding any sweetener or milk/cream. While this cuppa had an impressive flavor on it’s own, I enjoyed it much more with the smallest drop of agave and about a teaspoon of cream which smoothed out the bitterness just enough. If you like tonic water or a dry, “oaky” red wine or other bitter flavors, you will probably enjoy this tea.

I followed the recommended brewing instructions, using 2 teaspoons and steeping for 8 minutes. It probably would have been just slightly less bitter if I had gone with the lower amount of 1 teaspoon or only steeped for 6 minutes but, I’m afraid it would have been too bland.


Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type:  Tisane

Where to Buy:  MiCacao

Description

Our tea comes from small family-owned farms in Ecuador, known for their famous “Arriba Nacional” cacao trees. These small farms grow, harvest, and prepare the cacao at their own micro-wet mills where they naturally ferment the beans using banana leaves. The beans are then left to dry on elevated tables, using solar dryers in order to protect against the rain. We use the shells of these beans as the base for our cacao tea. It’s completely natural and without any artificial preservatives, flavors, or starches. Organic. Sugar-free. Gluten-Free. Vegan.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

A Grown Up Chocolate Experience: Cacao Tea from Mi Cacao

Chocolate tea can be a decadent latte, or a great dessert-replacement.  But most of the chocolate teas I’ve tried, have black tea or honeybush tea as a base, mixed with chocolate chips and chocolate flavors.  This tea, Cacao Tea from Mi Cacao, is a completely different chocolate experience.

You may have heard about cascara tea at your local coffee shop, which is a brew made from the husks of the coffee cherries.  Similar to cascara tea, cacao tea is an herbal brew made with cacao shells.  These shells are the exterior pod that hold the cacao nibs, the essential chocolate-making ingredient.  But these shells still have plenty of flavor.

I brewed this once straight, and once with milk.  On its own, this tea does taste like chocolate, but it is almost salty and brothy, like a nutty chocolate popcorn tea blend.  The blend is enhanced by milk, making the blend feel creamier and sweeter, and more like the decadent chocolate teas with which I’m more familiar.

Do you remember liking the taste of coffee ice cream, but having a strong aversion to coffee itself?  But then you tried coffee on its own out of necessity or curiosity, and you came to like the strong brew on its own?  Cacao Tea feels like the chocolate equivalent.  It’s easy to like sugary, chocolatey hot chocolate, but cocoa tea might be more of an acquired taste.  But perhaps as your tastes or moods change, you’ll be looking for a chocolate brew that’s a little less sweet and more potent.  That’s when Cacao Tea will be the perfect choice.

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Mi Cacao
Description:

Herbal chocolate tea made from the shell of the cacao bean. Cacao Tea is 100% cocoa based. It is completely natural, preservative free, and without any artificial flavors or starches. Sugar-free. Organic. Gluten-Free. Vegan-friendly.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Cacao Tea from MiCacao. . . . .

I don’t eat a lot of chocolate. Mostly because in the area I live there aren’t many dairy-free chocolate store-bought options. Therefore, I choose a cup of Cacao Shells or nibs instead. That is exactly what happened recently with this cup! Cacao Tea from MiCacao is pretty awesome – I have to say!

Herbal chocolate tea made from the shell of the cacao bean. This Cacao Tea is 100% cocoa based and is completely natural, preservative free, and without any artificial flavors or starches. It’s also Sugar-free, Organic, Gluten-Free, and Vegan-friendly!

It’s naturally sweet, naturally chocolaty, naturally creamy, and naturally…WONDERFUL! I guess one COULD add a non-dairy milk of their choice to this but I didn’t find it necessary! It’s great by itself!

I’m super stoked that companies are offering this more now! But I have to say when a company SOLELY offers this – you know it has to be good! I mean – they are throwing ALL of their efforts in THIS offering!

The bagged product is currently sold out but they have the loose product available for purchase on their website – as of the date I am writing this review – that is! I can’t help but wonder if they will be doing flavored Cacao. Wouldn’t THAT be something? Right away I can think of Strawberry paired with this. Orange – perhaps! Vanilla? WOW! And if you are looking for some culinary ideas – take a look at their website – and get those creative cooking juices flowing!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  MiCacao
Description

MiCacao uses 100% organic cacao beans to create a delicious tea that is both healthy and natural. Also known as chocolate herbal tea, Cacao tea comes from a drink that natives of tropical regions in Central and South America have been drinking for centuries. It’s light with a hint of chocolate and is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – everything you need for a healthy mind and body.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

MiCacao. . a Cacao Tea. . .Everyone should have some in their tea stash!

 

I’ve never experienced 100% cacao tea before.  I’ve seen it in different tea blends but I’ve never enjoyed the tea on its own. I was quite excited when MiCacaco  contacted the SororiTea Sisters to see if we were interested in reviewing. I had so many ideas on how I personally could use this tea.

First off, this tea on its own is amazing.  I’m not a chocolate fan but even I found myself craving this tea as an afternoon snack. Brewed up with 8 oz of prepped water, this tea will curb any sweet tooth craving you may get. At least for me it did.  When this tea is brewing you get a wonderfully rich chocolate fragrance that makes you instantly start to drool.  I was surprised by how much this tea actually had me staring at the timer. I couldn’t wait for the 5 minute steep to finish.  Rich chocolate notes greet you first sip in. They remind me of a dark chocolate taste but without the bitter notes that seem to always detract me from eating dark chocolate.  This tea was really delicious and one that you find yourself coming back for me.  Simple but spot on chocolate heaven. . even for me.

But I have to say, as much as I loved this tea on its own, where it really shines is when you start experimenting and using this tea in different ways.  This tea is so incredibly versatile. I’ve found myself adding this tea to my coffee lattes (I froth up this tea -brewed for a few more minutes- with some cream) to create a chocolate frothed finish.

I’ve also started adding this tea to my morning fiber smoothie. And holy cow is this tea giving me all the chocolate loving I need to spruce up this meh drink I’ve been making.

Every morning I take my leftover coffee (sometimes I also use a English breakfast tea or a black flavored tea), cream, ice and a banana along with a tablespoon of psyllium husk and blend for a smoothie to enjoy on my morning commute.  The other day I thought that my morning smoothie needed a kick of chocolate so here is what I did.

-Brewed up English Breakfast Tea from Pinky Out Tea  (3 minute steep)

-Brewed up MiCacao Cacao Tea in a seperate infuser for 6 minutes

-Mixed up a banana with the MiCacao Cacao Tea and poured all ingredients including a tablespoon of psyllium husk and fat free cream into my blender with ice.

-Blended all together and enjoyed

Chocolate Banana Tea!! This morning drink was simply amazing and one I’ll be enjoying for time and time again.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is check this lovey organic cacao tea out. You’ll be incredibly happy that you did!  All that chocolate goodness with 0 calories. . doesn’t get much better than that!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: MiCacao
Description

Herbal chocolate tea made from the shell of the cacao bean. Cacao Tea is 100% cocoa based. It is completely natural, preservative free, and without any artificial flavors or starches. Sugar-free. Organic. Gluten-Free. Vegan-friendly.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!