It's fall! Even in the southland the nights are getting crisper and pumpkin everything is on the shelves. Another flavor that gives cozy comfort in the cooler months is chocolate. Now I don't believe in guilt tripping. I rather sip in joy, but if one of your cool weather concerns is getting too chummy with sugary comfort food, then you need to meet Cacao Tea.
I already did one post on cacao husk that you can read here. When The Cacao Tea Co. reached out to me it was a great opportunity to try a few more options with this fun flavor.
(NOTE: There is no camelia sinensis in this product, so it is technically not a true tea, but rather an infusion. For ease and because of the name of the company, I will be saying 'tea' in the article. If you are a purist, I hope you don't break out in a rash).
Cacao husk tea is the outer husk of the bean and separated after the roasting process. Cacao Tea Co. sources 100% pure husk from Peru, Ecuador and Guatemala. It is also organic.
As you can see, this tea is finer than the cacao husk my friend Elexis brought back from Peru (looks less like potpourri) and doesn't have stevia. I like that this is the pure husk because then I can sweeten or not, depending on my mood.
This is an amazingly flexible tea: hot, cold, sweetened, unsweetened, with or without milk, as a latte or as an infusing element.
As with the previous cacao tea, I really enjoy it without any additions. To me, the creamy mouthfeel and milk chocolate-like flavor alone is my second favorite way of enjoying this tea. My favorite way? One half cacao husk mixed with one half black tea, steeped in grass fed whole milk and sweetened with honey. Decadence!
I did try cold brewing the cacao husk (8 hours in the fridge with filtered water). Maybe it is psychological, but other than cold chocolate milk, I think of chocolate beverages as a warm indulgence.
Being a caffeine free, cold brew is not as big a deal because you aren't dealing with massive tannins in the hot brew. It has a lovely, light amber, cloudy pour. My understanding is the cloudiness is from oils as there is some cacao nib that sticks around. This also give the creaminess that is so lush.
Thanks to Cacao Tea Co. for providing the tea for this tasting adventure. Have you tried cacao husk tea yet? Let us know on social.
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