What is cacao tea?
Cacao shells are the outer shells of the cacao bean, which, when brewed as a loose leaf style tea, have a subtle taste reminiscent of dark chocolate.
*99.5% caffeine-free. Cacao shells contain Theobromine, a natural 'feel-good' stimulant.
What are cacao shells?
During the chocolate making process, cacao beans are harvested, fermented and dried before being roasted. The beans are then cracked in a winnower to separate the cacao nibs from the shells; the nibs go on to make chocolate, and the shells are usually discarded as an organic by-product.
What is the origin of cacao tea?
Cacao husks have been used to brew cacao tea for thousands of years, starting with the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilisations.
The word “chocolate” stems from the Nahuatl words chocolatl, which when translated literally means 'hot water', and cacahuatl - 'bitter water'.
How do you make cacao tea?
You prepare cacao tea in the same way you would brew any loose leaf tea. If you're not a tea fanatic and are new to loose leaf tea don't be put off, it's actually super simple. It's the same as making a 'normal' cup of tea, but with the addition of an infuser.
Just follow these 4 easy steps (or skip to the video at the bottom of the page!):
- Add 3 teaspoons of cacao tea into your infuser
- Place the infuser into your mug or teapot
- Fill with freshly boiled water
- Leave to brew for 5-7 minutes (or longer if you'd like a stronger, chocolatey taste!)