Crio Bru cocoa is a chocolate drink that’s brewed like coffee from 100% pure cocoa beans. After brewing, you’re in total control of what you add to the drink, whether it’s cream and sugar or unsweetened coconut milk and stevia.
Looking for Crio Bru reviews? Here’s mine.
I first tried Crio Bru Cavalla, which is now called Ghana Light Roast. It’s a premium roasted cocoa with natural hints of dark spice, coconut and cinnamon. The cocoa beans are grown on family farms on the Ivory Coast.
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I used 1 cup of Crio beans for a full French Press. Since it’s recommended that you use one to two level tablespoons of Crio beans for each “Crio cup,” which is 4.25 ounces or a bit more than half a cup, I figured 8 cups x 1 tablespoon = 1 cup of Crio beans.
I followed Crio’s brewing directions carefully and produced a hot drink that looks like medium to dark coffee.
So how does Crio Bru taste?
Just made without anything added to it, Crio Bru brewed cocoa did taste like hot chocolate. But a hot chocolate drink that you made with too much water and no sweetener.
At first you may find Crio Bru a bit disappointing, because you might be expecting a creamy hot chocolate drink. Instead, think of Crio Bru cocoa with a tongue feel of hot coffee, but instead of coffee it tastes like chocolate. Then once you add your “milk and sugar” – in my case unsweetened coconut milk and stevia – you’ll find it to be much more satisfying.
I enjoyed sipping Crio Bru cocoa and found that it reheated well in the microwave later in the day. (I can’t say the same of coffee, which can get nasty when reheated.)
The taste is rich and sophisticated, sort of like a mocha latte, but without the bitterness of coffee. However, I did miss the “tongue feel” of a creamy hot chocolate. I found making a “cocoa au lait” with half unsweetened coconut milk and half Crio Bru brewed cocoa helped. You could also use half and half or coffee creamer, though that ruins the healthy factor of the chocolate drink.
I’ve also tried Crio Bru cocoa cold. You’ll notice some oil globules forming on the top, which is a natural part of the Crio beans. But it’s such a small amount that Crio Bru is considered fat free. If you like iced coffee, iced Crio Bru would be a wonderful summer time drink.
If you like chocolate flavored coffee drinks, adding several tablespoons of Crio beans to your coffee beans would be a healthier choice than adding sugary chocolate syrups to your coffee routine, too.
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The health benefits of chocolate and Crio Bru
Crio Bru brewed cocoa beans have a high ORAC score, about the same as a cup of raspberries. (An Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, or ORAC score, is a test tube analysis that measures the antioxidant levels of food and other chemical substances.) It’s also caffeine free.
Crio Bru claims that their drink is packed with more natural antioxidants and heart-healthy minerals and than almost any drink on the market. They also claim their drink acts as an appetite suppressant and gives you a boost of energy. Cocoa beans do contain a natural stimulant called theobromine that is a relative of caffeine. Unlike caffeine, theobromine gives you a noticeable increase in energy without making you feel nervous or jittery.
I’m reluctant to support any of their health claims, so I’ll leave that up to your best judgment. However, the Denver Post published an article, Good news: Chocolate's sweet health benefits by registered dietitian Shirley Perryman, a few years ago that supports some of their claims about chocolate.
Whatever, your reason for seeking out a healthy chocolate drink, I highly recommend Crio Bru brewed cocoa beans.
Originally posted on February 27, 2011.
Photo credit: Crio Bru and GraphicStock.