What is Cacao Tea?

Updated: Aug 22


Pure Cacao Husk

Its not camellia sinensis, the main component in green tea. It is however a hot water extraction, just like common tea. The main difference is that cacao tea is an extraction of cacao bean husks and fine cacao nib dust. In other words, its the whole bean. And, its not a leaf like normal tea. We call it cacao "tea", just because its easier. Chocolate is just the inside of the cacao bean. Cacao Tea is a more holistic approach to chocolate. Most people have NEVER had cacao tea.

Cacao Husk
Cacao Husk

Some of the theobromine, the stimulate in cacao, migrates to the husk during fermentation. So, this drink is extremely stimulating.


For those of you who know cacao's 3800 years of history, you won't find it a surprise that drinking cacao has been around a lot longer than the chocolate bar. Cacao was a beverage for millennia.


Drinking cacao tea is like walking back in history, back in time, to something sacred and lost. It kills the need for coffee and the husks and dust are both free of caffeine (https://www.besttea.com/other/cacao-tea/). That means that this "food of the gods", was not only a "drink of the gods" but also that it is non-addictive. It is non-habit-forming.

Brewed Cacao Tea
Brewed Cacao Tea

Here is what some folks have said about drinking cacao tea;

"....its rich in antioxidants and flavanoids" (https://www.cacaoteaco.com/), "drinking cacao tea does not excite nerves, does not influence but helps sleeping, and improves sleeping quality (as well as) delaying bodily aging to a certain extent more than traditional tea leaves". (https://www.besttea.com/other/cacao-tea/) Are you excited to try it yet? It's HUGE in the Caribbean (for breakfast) and we have 5 delicious all Hawaii grown cacao tea flavors here!

Hawaiian Cacao Tea with Hawaiian Mint

Each flavor offers a necessary medicinal benefit all while raising good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol (https://www.thespruceeats.com/nutritional-benefits-of-raw-cacao-3376453). Our 100% Pure Cacao Tea offer 40x the antioxidants of blueberries and even tumor fighting compounds, a classic chocolate flavor and long lasting healthy stimulation from theobromine. I love listing all the benefits.

Pure Hawaiian Cacao Tea

If you want even more vitamins and minerals and caffeine try our cacao tea blend with unsmoked yerba mate. It will keep you awake, focused and energized for hours -- with no crashing! If you want to get up and go all day, and you want a break from coffee, try this natural plant remedy. The reishi and cinnamon cacao tea was put together for several reasons. It will regulate your blood sugar, help you relax and maybe the best recipe for immortality, ever. Cinnamon will balance your brain chemistry but the reishi is adaptogenic so it helps with whatever you need. Reishi mushroom even earned the name, "The mushroom of immortality." This is how to take your health to the next level.

A reishi mushroom
A Reishi Mushroom Used in our Cacao Tea

Cacao Tea with Hawaii Mint just sounded so good we had to try it. Then we had to make it available to you because of its can't-live-without-it classic chocolate peppermint taste.This is the most refreshing blend and best to cool the body and fight inflammation while soothing the digestive system.


Mamaki Plant
Mamaki used in our Cacao Tea

Hawaiian Mamaki Tea is a traditional endemic remedy of the Hawaiian people. It is used as a blood and lung cleanser and much more. Mixing it with the vasodialating or heart-opening cacao tea can really get oxygenated blood pumping through your body and lungs 3x better than normal. This is also a great way to get a taste of Old Hawai'i in your morning cup. Its easy to brew and has ZERO calories

(https://www.lisamosconi.com/recipes/cacao-tea). Here is a video and below is the recipe.



Prep time: 5 minutes; Difficulty: low Recipe type: Beverage Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free Serves:2 cups


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cacao tea (husks and nib dust) -- all flavors

  • 2 cups water

  • Optionals:

  • pinch of ground clove

  • pinch of ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon of chamomile

  • coconut milk

  • Hawaiian Vanilla


Preparation Recipe I

  1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil.

  2. Pour the cacao tea into the boiling water on the stove top.

  3. Turn off the heat and let steep for 4 minutes or longer.

  4. Strain into your favorite mug, separating out the husks.

Recipe II

  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil.

  2. Pour the cacao tea into the boiling water on the stove top.

  3. Turn off the heat and let steep for 4 minutes or longer.

  4. Strain into your favorite mug, seperating out the husks.

  5. Strain into a mug.

  6. Add coconut milk for a creamier consistency and vanilla to soothe

The typically frequency for drinking this delicious beverage is daily, especially while its still first thing in the morning. Skip the caffeine and enjoy cacao tea instead. We recommend brewing it dark and drinking it hot. Everyday. We would love to have your feedback too, after trying this. Leave a comment below. If you want to share this to your community, that would be greatly appreciated.


Cacao tea is new outside places like Jamaica. Typically thats because the husk and fine nib dust is discarded in cocoa manufacturing. In Hawai'i, we repurpose the delicious, nutty and earthy husks and dusts as our farms are free from typical disease vectors (farm animals). You see, cacao farms we support have no livestock. This rules out things like E. coli and salmonella from growing on the husks. Our husks, grown locally, have been inspected by the University of Hawai'i and Food Lab, Inc. Nutritional Facts have been provided to us. As a result we are proud to be providers of this, newly rediscovered, health beverage. Cacao tea is very different than regular tea. Finally its making its worldwide repsurfacing with the help of ethical and child-slave free cacao farming and the growth of bean to bar chocolate. It has been around, for centuries just like tea however. It just wasn't the safest to drink.


Looking for a new morning ritual? Look no further. Cacao tea is looking for you.

Mahalo for reading!