What is Cacao Tea?
Updated: Jun 28
Chocolatea is a soothing cacao drink derived from the husk, dust, and nibs of the finest organic cacao beans. When steeped in hot water it creates a chocolate infusion with a heavenly chocolate taste and aroma.
Cacao tea may seem like a new-age concept, but this tea was first enjoyed thousands of years ago by the ancient Mayans for its incredible mood-boosting and health properties. It’s now making resurgence as we seek out more natural and sustainable ways to enjoy the unique taste and benefits of cacao.
What is Chocolatea made from? Chocolatea is 100% natural, made up of the husk, dust, and nibs of the finest organic cacao beans. Husk is the name for the fibrous outer shell, and just like the bean itself, it is a powerful source of antioxidants and nutrients. Environmental sustainability is at the forefront of our business, and since cacao husk is traditionally a by-product of the chocolate industry, with each cup of Chocolatea you are actively supporting the zero-waste movement.
What does Chocolatea taste like?
Not quite hot chocolate, not quite tea, Chocolatea combines two delicacies for a whole new chocolate experience. Each sip is crisp and delicate on the palate but with a deep chocolate flavour to stimulate and satisfy the senses.
As with wine and coffee, the variety, growing conditions, and processing methods of the cacao bean plays a significant role in the final flavour. Our supplier takes great pride in sourcing the finest quality, organic, heirloom beans which produce a complex and unique flavour, much less bitter than industrial strains. The best bit, Chocolatea feels like a sweet treat but it is naturally low in calories and contains no artificial flavours, sugar or sweeteners, just the good stuff!
We've carefully selected herbs and spices that bring out the sweet and complex notes of cacao to create our range of flavours.
What are the health benefits of drinking Chocolatea?
Cacao is a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins, and mineral, including B vitamins, vitamin A, iron, zinc, calcium & magnesium. Studies have shown that cacao is even higher in antioxidants than green tea… and in our humble opinion, it tastes better too.
Chocolatea makes a great night-time drink because it can help calm your mind and soothe your nervous system in readiness for sleep. That's because cacao is the best food source of magnesium on the planet. Magnesium is known as the sleep mineral because it’s a natural relaxant that helps to deactivate adrenaline.
We say Chocolatea lifts your spirit because cacao can give you a physical and mental energy boost thanks to the mild stimulant effects of theobromine. Theobromine has been shown to enhance mood and improve performance on mental tasks. Cacao is also one of the only food sources of anandamide, AKA the body’s bliss molecule, known for its euphoric mood enhancing properties. And last but not least, cacao contains the “love drug”, or phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA is produced naturally in the body when we fall in love and is associated with elevated mood and higher energy levels. What is the difference between cocoa and cacao?
Although the use of “cacao” versus “cocoa” isn’t always consistent, essentially, cacao is a less processed and purer form of chocolate. The process to create cocoa entails high heat which can destroy many of the amazing nutrients discussed above. It generally refers to the powder that is commonly seen in supermarkets and stirred into hot chocolate beverages.
How do you brew Chocolatea tea?
We recommend steeping one or two heaped teaspoons per cup in freshly boiled water. For best results, allow the tea to infuse for 5-10 minutes. We like ours just as it is, but you can add a splash of milk and/or a little sweetener. It’s also great poured over ice in the summer.
Where is Chocolatea made?
Our beans are ethically sourced from suppliers who trade directly with cacao farmers in the tropics. Direct trade ensures the highest quality standards are in place for the farmers and environment. We then prepare and combine the cacao with carefully selected herbs and spices which are hand-packed at home in Notting Hill.
How can I buy Chocolatea? You can buy Chocolatea from our online shop or why not come visit our stall on Portobello Road Market! We’re there most Saturdays, follow us on Instagram for updates!
By supporting craft chocolate, you’re helping to save unique cocoa beans from extinction, as well as saving rainforests from being chopped down for mono crop agriculture. You also help local rural communities and ensure wages and futures for the farmers and their families. In return, you get better tasting, higher quality chocolate!