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We’ve discovered a healthier alternative to coffee that’s a real game-changer

We’ve heard of brewing coffee, but how about brewing chocolate? This is all thanks to cacao. But what is cacao? Cacao Brew reveals all...

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 12.07.2023

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For many of us, coffee is the only way to start the day.

But if you find that you feel jittery, sick or that you’re becoming slightly addicted (don’t we all), it could be time to swap your usual cuppa for a cup of brewed cacao.

But what is cacao? Cacao is the raw, unprocessed version of cocoa beans that are used to make chocolate. And similar to coffee beans, cacao beans can be brewed. Although it’s a fairly new health trend, brewed cacao has actually been around since before 1500 BC, when it was given to Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec soldiers to enhance their fighting stamina.

From being packed with nutritious minerals to supporting brain health and having natural energising properties, it’s not hard to see why brewed cacao is the latest healthier alternative to coffee.

But where can we find these magic beans? Cacao Brew, that’s where. The Newcastle-based online cacao store brings cacao back to its roots but with a modern twist.

Cacao Brew sources the finest cacao beans for their brews and is always on the lookout for beans which bring new flavours. All of their luxury, organic cacao beans are ethically sourced from PeruIndia and the Philippines. 

Following a similar concept to coffee or loose-leaf tea, Cacao Brew instead roasts and grinds single-ingredient, whole organic cacao beans for brewing. And if you’re a lover of chocolate, brewed cacao brings rich, indulgent dark chocolate flavours to your cup with a variation of notes depending on the origin of the cacao beans used. Plus, all Cacao Brew’s products are vegan, gluten-free and contain a very small amount of caffeine.

But one thing that stands out about switching our coffee for brewed cacao is the number of health benefits that can be found in just one cup.

HLN TOP TIP: Cacao Brew is kindly offering our readers 10% off any purchases with the code HLN10.

8 benefits of brewed cacao:

  1. Lowers high blood pressure
  2. Reduces the chance of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart attacks
  3. Increases alertness and energy
  4. Reduces the chance of developing type 2 diabetes
  5. Supports brain health
  6. Health-boosting minerals to support nutrition
  7. Reduces inflammation conditions
  8. Protects against DNA damage – e.g. anti-ageing and cancer-prevention

HLN TOP TIP: If want to know how to brew cacao, Cacao Brew shares its guide here.

India - Single Orgin Idukki - £11.00

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Peru - Trailblazer - £9.50

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Philippine - Davao - £11.00

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Peru - Trailblazer Brew Bags - £8.00

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Cafetière/French Press - £17.50

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Pour Over Reusable Filter - £17.50

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For more information and updates on new brews, visit Cacao Brew’s website, Instagram and Facebook.

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