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Frequently Asked Questions

What is cacao tea?

Cacao tea (also known as cacao shell tea or chocolate tea) is an aromatic beverage made using the shells (or husks) of the cacao bean. It is prepared by steeping cacao shells in very hot water.

Cacao husks have been used to brew cacao tea for thousands of years. It’s a delicious treat known all over the world for its chocolatey aroma, cacao flavor profile, and tremendous health benefits.


What does cacao tea taste like?

Our tea has a robust chocolatey aroma and a flavor profile very similar to dark chocolate with very high cacao content. There is a slight bitterness at first sip followed by smooth earthy notes of caramel and toffee with a light chocolate finish.


What are cacao husks/shells?

The cacao husk/shell is the outer portion of the cacao bean. Cacao beans are found inside the pulp of the cacao fruit (cacao pod), which grow on cacao trees. Cacao beans are made up of two parts – the cacao nib (inside portion of the cacao bean) and the cacao shell (outside portion of the cacao bean). During the harvesting process, the husks are separated from the cacao beans to be used as the base of our tea.


What is the difference between cacao tea and cacao nibs?

Cacao nibs are the main ingredient that goes into chocolate during the chocolate making process. In their raw form, they are primarily used as a baking ingredient or as a topping. Our cacao tea is used primarily to capture the health benefits of cacao in tea form. The health benefits of raw cacao nibs and our cacao shells are similar.


What are cacao pods?

Cacao pods grow on cacao trees and are also known as cacao fruit. Cacao beans grow inside the fruit.


How do you brew cacao tea?

Our tea is made from the shell of the cacao bean, so it’s not at fragile as other tea leaves or tisanes. To ensure full flavor is released, it requires hotter water and a longer steep time. We recommend steeping 2 teaspoons of loose-leaf tea (using infuser or tea bag) in a cup of very hot water (210 degrees F) for at least 6-8 minutes. You can enjoy it pure or with milk and sweetener!


What are the health benefits of cacao tea?

Our cacao tea is a refreshing alternative to unhealthy drinks. It’s 100% organic, completely natural, free of caffeine, preservative free, sugar-free, and without artificial flavors or starches (gluten-free and vegan).

  • 40x more antioxidants than blueberries
  • High source of iron, magnesium, and zinc
  • Promotes healthy weight loss and aids during fasting
  • Natural mood enhancer due to it’s endorphin releasing properties


Where does cacao tea come from?

Although cacao originated in South and Central America, today it's grown and harvested in various tropical regions of the world. We source our tea directly from small family-owned farms in Ecuador, a region known for some of the highest quality cacao in the world. These small farms grow, harvest, and prepare the cacao in micro-wet mills on their own land. We’ve developed real relationships with these families and personally travel to visit their farms in order to support their communities and ensure the quality of our products.


Are there any additives or other ingredients in your cacao tea?

Our tea is 100% organic and natural. We don’t include any additives, preservatives, or other ingredients.


Does cacao tea contain caffeine?

Our tea is caffeine-free. It contains theobromine, a naturally occurring chemical which has a gentle energizing effect that is long-lasting and increases feelings of well-being.


When can I drink cacao tea?

Cacao tea is great any time of day. It will help you feel awake and focused during the day. It will also help you relax and wind down before bed.


How many servings come in a bag?

Each 4 oz bag makes about 20-25 cups of tea.


Can I make iced cacao tea?

Absolutely! We recommend making it hot first, then putting it on ice or in the refrigerator afterwards. Add a splash of almond milk or creamer for an extra delicious healthy treat.


Is cacao tea really a tea?

Although named “cacao tea”, our beverage isn’t technically a tea. Surprised? So were we when we first found out! All teas must come from a leaf – and since our “tea” comes from the shell of the cacao bean – it’s closer to a tisane than anything else.


What is a tisane?

Tisanes, or herbal teas, are beverages made from the infusion of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water.