How to prepare cacao drinks
The trick to a delicious cacao drink is to blend the cacao with hot water into a frothy drink. You can also use oat/nut milk and endless spice blends. Here are some favorite recipes:
hot water / oat milk ±200ml
70°C is hot enough to melt the cacao well.
Use a milk frother or (hand)blender to create foam as a final touch.
hot water 125ml
Play with the cacao-water ratio for your favorite thickness.
Chili increases the effects of cacao.
hot water ±75ml
foamed oat milk
Let the cacao dissolve for 15sec in the hot water and stir before pouring the foamed milk.
Delicious with cardamom or golden milk.
Tips & tricks
Delicious things to add: chili, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, vanilla, anise, nutmeg, coconut oil and all your tasty imagination.
Chili gives a nice kick and increases the effect of cacao.
If pure cacao is a bit too intense for you, add some honey, agave or cane sugar to sweeten it up. Oat milk is delicious to make it more creamy and is naturally sweeter. Coconut oil makes the taste softer and smoother. Many options to design your drink!
Maca powder gives a smooth, nutty flavor and an energy boost. It is a hormone balancer and can increase your libido ;-).
A frothy cacao drink has the best mouth feel, release the aroma and rainbow colored bubbles make the perfect serve. The Mayas and Aztecs used to pour cacao drinks from vase to vase until a layer of foam appeared or used a molinillo (whisker).
Cacao drinks increase focus, stimulate creativity and gets us in the flow. A nice alternative for coffee.
Combine a cacao drink with herbs, supplements or smart drugs that you are using. Cacao helps your body to uptake these as a carrier because of the natural fats in cacao and increase of your blood circulation.
Find out what dose works best for you. Some people are more sensitive than others. In general we recommend 10-25gr as a casual dose and 30-42gr as a ceremonial dose.
Cacao has a subtle effect, some notice it directly, others after a week. You’ll get the most benefits from cacao by using it regularly, but feel what feels right for you.
Drink enough water as cacao is slightly dehydrating to avoid a potential headache. In general, always drink enough water :-).
Ritual & Intention
We enjoy preparing a cacao drink as a little ritual. It helps us to be present in the now and prepares our mind for what we want to do next. Drinking cacao with an intention is a powerful way to send it out into the universe and make it happen.
There are many more delicious uses. Add cacao shavings to your breakfast with yogurt, fruits, nuts, oatmeal or smoothie. Grate cacao over your cappuccino or cocktail. If you're a bit more adventurous make your own chocolate!
Cacao is very nutritious, nibble some while traveling or at a party. It gives you energy and connects to positive vibes. You can also make deliciously healthy energy balls.