Differences in effects between coffee and cacao

May 27, 21

Differences in effects between coffee and cacao
Both coffee and cacao are stimulating drinks but the way they interact with our body is not the same. This is because of the difference between the alkaloids caffeine (coffee) and theobromine (cacao).

Coffee contains the alkaloid caffeine, which mainly acts as a stimulant of the central nervous system. It produces a rise of alertness as well as a peak of energy.
→ This energizing feeling is often followed by a downfall, the famous peak & dip.

Cacao contains theobromine, another kind of alkaloid, and although related it works differently. It stimulates the cardiovascular system and acts as a smooth muscle relaxant. Also it increases the heart rate and is a vasodilater, which means it widens the blood vessels. It increases the blood flow while reducing blood pressure.
→ The energy from cacao is softer and longer lasting.

Combined to the other mood-enhancing compounds of cacao, the effect allows us to create a focus bubble and supports us in naturally "getting in the flow". 🧠💪

Note that traces of caffeine can be found in cacao as well, but the quantity is so low that you will not notice its effect.

We get more messages and feedback from people who want to limit their caffeine intake or replace their coffee routine. For many cacao works really well and aligns better with a healthy lifestyle.