As Mary and I sat at Millie’s Living Cafe, our favorite place to eat in town –with work piled up to our ears–our computers and papers sprawled out taking up way too much space in this little cafe, our friend Dave (and owner of this amazing vegan restaurant) became our knight in shining armor. He whisks up to our table (desk) and is carrying a french press and (trust me) we were immediately excited about some caffeine! As he started pouring we smelt something different in the air. This was NOT coffee. And so he began….telling us about this warm liquid. Brewed Cacao. He asked if we wanted some coconut sugar and coconut milk in it, we said no. We wanted to try it plain to get the true unadulterated flavor, even though we thought it would be extremely bitter and possibly a little nasty because we have tasted raw cacao (soooooo good in smoothies) and it is pretty darn BITTER. Not to insult this kind gesture, we take a sip. And then another. We giggle. Smile. Finish our cups. Then, we actually begged for more. It’s not just the flavor we loved, it’s how it made us feel. ENERGY. From what? Well, there are only small traces of caffeine so it’s not that. But whatever it was, we left there with a bag for ourselves and a few more for gifts for our clients. We have had a cup every afternoon since.
So when I sometimes hit a 3pm Slump…..I brew up a pot. Even my 11-year-old has a cup with me. I just add a touch of organic milk to his cup and he feels all grown up like he’s having coffee with Mom.
So what is this stuff?
Crio Brü is brewed drink made from 100% cacao beans (also known as cocoa beans), roasted to perfection. Named after the most prized of cacao beans, the Criollo, Crio Brü will astound your taste buds with its complex chocolaty flavors and subtle aromas which come right from the cacao bean itself! It is 100% natural and 100% pure.
Crio Brü is the ultimate superfood. It is low in calories and contains no sugar, no fat, no dairy, no sodium, no cholesterol and practically no caffeine, yet is extremely high in antioxidants, theobromine and a host of other vitamins and minerals.
Crio Brü is both a new drink and an ancient one. Ka’kao was an everyday drink of the kings and peoples of the great Incas, Mayans, Olmecs and Aztecs for hundreds of years, but was changed when the Old World met the New. The incredible health properties of cacao are currently lost in the process of making modern chocolate, but with Crio Brü, they are preserved.