Hot Brewed Cacao (+ how to roast cacao nibs!)

Hot Brewed Cacao (+ how to roast cacao nibs!)

Have you ever heard of brewed cacao?

Whether you’re trying to avoid coffee because of caffeine jitters or health issues, you may find yourself in search of a hot beverage that gives you the same feeling as coffee—without the side effects. Hot brewed cacao is a fantastic alternative for those trying to break the coffee habit or for those who simply want a healthy hot beverage. It’s made in a french press with a taste reminiscent of chocolate, yet it has a distinct flavor of its own.

How To Roast Cacao Nibs

In the beginning, I purchased roasted cacao nibs marketed as coffee alternatives. However, I discovered that I could roast Wildly Organic’s cacao nibs myself... at a fraction of the price. If you roast the nibs ahead of time, you’ll be able to make this drink in just a few minutes. Here’s how to roast cacao nibs:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350℉ and spread the cacao nibs in a single layer on a baking tray.
  2. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when they begin to smell like brownies.
  3. Once roasted, remove the nibs from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  4. Pulse the roasted cacao nibs in a coffee or spice grinder. It’s important to pulse, not grind continuously, to get the right texture. You want a similar appearance to coffee grounds, which should be coarse and even for a french press.

The flavor of a brewed cacao beverage depends on roasting the cacao nibs. I suggest roasting more cacao nibs than you need for this recipe so you have extra available for other uses. For instance, roasted cacao nibs are great for topping ice cream, smoothies, oatmeal, and granola.

Try Hot Brewed Cacao

You can drink hot brewed cacao as it is, just like black coffee. If you prefer, you can add your favorite whole sweetener and creamer. This white chocolate coffee creamer would be a lovely addition, or if you’re sugar-free, use stevia or Wildly Organic’s Coco Monkey.

If you are trying to reduce your coffee consumption, try mixing a small amount of brewed cacao with your regular coffee. Over time, you can reduce the amount of coffee you drink and increase the amount of cacao each day until you’ve made the switch.

Hot Brewed Cacao
If you're trying to cut out coffee but miss a hot drink in the morning, try hot brewed cacao. Roasting the cacao nibs yourself makes all the difference!
    Servings:2 mugs
    Ingredients:
    Instructions:
    1. Place ground cacao nibs in a french press and pour boiling water over them. Allow to steep for five minutes, then press the plunger down slowly.
    2. Pour into a mug and sweeten as desired.
    Notes:

    When brewing cacao, it may take some time to find the perfect ratio of water to cacao nibs for your taste. I use four tablespoons of roasted cacao nibs in an 8-cup french press. Experiment with the water/cacao ratio until you brew your perfect cup.

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    How To Make Hot Brewed Cacao

    If you're trying to cut out coffee but miss a hot drink in the morning, try hot brewed cacao. Roasting the cacao nibs yourself makes all the difference!

    Servings: 2 mugs

    Ingredients:

    Instructions:

    1. Place ground cacao nibs in a french press and pour boiling water over them. Allow to steep for five minutes, then press the plunger down slowly.
    2. Pour into a mug and sweeten as desired.

    Notes:

    When brewing cacao, it may take some time to find the perfect ratio of water to cacao nibs for your taste. I use four tablespoons of roasted cacao nibs in an 8-cup french press. Experiment with the water/cacao ratio until you brew your perfect cup.


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