What is Cacao Brew?

It’s not coffee.

Using a single ingredient, whole organic cacao beans, Cacao Brew follows a similar concept to coffee, but instead roasting and grinding whole organic cacao beans for brewing. 

Brewed like coffee or a loose leaf tea, Cacao Brew brings rich dark chocolate flavours to your cup with a range of flavours depending on the origin of the cacao beans used. 

Are the cacao beans you use fair trade and ethically sourced?

Yes, always! It is so important to us that the cacao farmers and their families who are working so hard to harvest the delicious beans we’re using receive a fair income. 

We source beans directly from cacao farmers or co-operatives who share our values and who believe in ethical and sustainable cacao farming practices.

Which origin should I choose?

We focus on sourcing the best cacao beans for our brews and we are always on the lookout for beans which bring new flavours for each origin we share with you. 

The flavour notes can vary so much depending on where the beans come from and their growing conditions. Currently, we have cacao from Peru, India and Guatemala. Explore the flavour notes from each origin and see what takes your fancy!

How do I make Cacao Brew?

You can make Cacao Brew using a variety of brewing methods. One of our favourite ways to brew is using a cafetière.

How to brew cacao in a cafetière:

  1. Boil your kettle.
  2. Add 2 heaped tbsp of Cacao Brew to your cafetière.
  3. Once boiled, pour 200ml of water over the cacao, and leave to brew for 3 minutes.
  4. Stir halfway through the brewing time to remove the “crust” of cacao grounds on top and to release the delicious dark chocolate flavours.
  5. Now the tough bit! Leave for a further 3-4 minutes. Yes, we know the chocolatey aromas filling your kitchen are making you want to pour that brew right away! But wait, it will be worth it!
  6. Optional: scoop out any grounds of cacao floating on the surface and add them to an airtight container to use later.
  7. Plunge down slowly. If you get some resistance, gently lift the plunger slightly then continue to push down.
  8. Serve black, or add milk and sweetener of choice.

We're currently in love with the Bodum cafetière in strawberry.

Is it caffeine-free? 

A cup of Cacao Brew does contain some caffeine, but only in very small amounts - comparable to a cup of decaf coffee.

Lots of people tell us they feel more alert and energised after drinking a cup of cacao, so it can be a great alternative if you’re looking to reduce your caffeine intake.

Is it vegan and gluten-free?

Yes. Cacao Brew contains one ingredient, organic cacao beans. Nothing else.

The cacao pods which contain the cacao beans we use are naturally gluten-free. All of our products fit the vegan profile.

Can I use the leftover grounds?

You can use your leftover cacao grounds in a variety of recipes! They work well in recipes where you would usually use cacao nibs or chocolate chips. 

Check out our reuse recipes