Chocolate could be your cup of tea. Literally.
Imagine drinking a warm soothing cup of tea that tastes like a piece of good quality dark chocolate... That’s cacao tea!
Made from cacao nibs (inner fruit) and husk (outer shell), each cup of cacao tea has a unique flavour profile depending on the origin of the cacao bean.
At Benns, we offer two single estate cacao teas from the Trinitario bean varietal. The first, from Vung Tau (Vietnam), has a more floral flavour. The second from Sungai Ruan (Malaysia) is more fruity and has a stronger aroma.
Like many other teas, Cacao Tea has its fair share of benefits.
Cacao tea is has been shown to contain up to 60% more antioxidants than strawberries! Antioxidants are beneficial for the body as they help reduce physical damage caused by health hazards such as pollution, UV and cigarette smoke.
Rich in Nutrients
The drink is full of nutrients (like magnesium, iron and zinc) that can help improve cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure.
Drinking this cup of goodness will also fill you with positiviTEA! Cacao tea makes you “feel good” as it boosts your endorphin and serotonin levels, helping you relax and stay happy.
Cacao tea can be prepared just like any tea. Simply brew it in hot water (90°C) for 10-15 minutes to develop a chocolaty aroma and all that’s left to do is enjoy!
Before some 2000 years ago, the Mayans and Aztecs was already consuming cacao as a drink! They would first ferment and roast the cacao fruit, and then ground the cacao nibs into a paste. After which, they would repeatedly pour the paste from one bowl to another until it created nice froth (akin to the teh tarik we drink!)