January 12, 2013 by Sam
Cacao beans are pretty fantastic. They are a great source of good fat, fiber, antioxidants & essential minerals, like iron & magnesium. One tasty way to enjoy the benefits of cacao is to drink it. I’ve tried Choffy and it’s super delicous. I gave my husband some as a Christmas gift and we love it. Unfortunately, it’s not super convenient for us. We have to purchase ours online as it’s not sold in stores & we don’t have a distributor near us. It can also get pretty pricey.
I decided to try to make my own, so I purchased Divine Organics Raw Cacao Nibs from Whole Foods, oven roasted the nibs & brewed it in a French press. These nibs have a really fruity aroma and made a delicious cup of “cacaoffee”.
10 tbs. raw cacao nibs
32 oz. water
Heat your oven to 150 degrees. Spread the cacao nibs on a baking sheet and place in oven for about 15 minutes.
Remove the nibs & grind coarsely, so it does not clog the press’ filter. Heat water until 195-200 degrees. (Note: Brewing coffee or cacao beans at a lower temperature will not extract all the bean’s goodies while brewing at higher temperature alters the flavor.)
Place the ground cacao in the press & add heated water. Brew for 5 minutes, stir, then serve, adding cream if desired.