CACAO TEA IS LIFECHANGING! TRUST ME. {+ how to brew & my fav recipe}

basically zero calorie chocolate!

I am a HUGE tea drinker over here. Really, my daily tea consumption is a little out of control – I probably have anywhere between 4 – 7 cups a day.

Tea is something I am just really, really into.

I absolutely love trying new teas – especially dessert teas! I touched on some dessert teas in a throwback post, but there is one that is just rocking my world in a major way.


Lately, I’ve been drinking Cacao Tea & it has been seriously life-changing! I’m not being dramatic either. It’s one of the coolest teas out there & can help satiate that “chocolate” tooth.

Cacao Tea {also known as chocolate tea or cacao tea} is tea made out of cacao husks from the cacao beans used to make chocolate. Cacao husks are a byproduct from making chocolate so I love that cacao tea helps make use of something that would normally go to waste. The cacao tea I like is from Cacao Tea Co.!

It’s a major mood elevator, not to mention HIGH in antioxidants! Even though it’s a mood booster, it’s still caffeine free so it’s pretty versatile! For an energy buzz, I like to mix it with maca powder, & if I am chilling out, I like to mix it with ashwagandha.

Cacao tea has a nice natural chocolatey sweetness, yet it’s sugar free! It’s a perfect alternative to hot cocoa or even coffee! Post for another day, but I am slowly weening myself off coffee so this has been something I’ve been loving in the morning {maca + a little cinnamon!}

First things first, cacao tea smells HEAVENLY! Trust me on this. This may sound weird but if I want a few seconds of ahhhhh calmness, I like to open it and just breathe it in. There’s something SO comforting about it. I find it smells like milk chocolate {which is my fav kind of chocolate! prob bc I love vanilla so much}

Flavour wise, there’s notes of chocolate, caramel, & toffee. Cacao tastes like “healthy chocolate”. As you drink it, it’s just very relaxing & soothing. There are some teas, as you swallow it, it just feels sooooo good down your throat… this is one of those teas.

Not to mention there are TONS of benefits! Which isn’t surprising, as cacao is a major superfood.

Benefits of cacao tea

Cacao is naturally rich in antioxidants & the husks have all that goodness! Antioxidants help support the body including skin, digestion, the nervous & reproductive systems, as well as anti-aging benefits.

Cacao has tons of flavonoids! “Flavonoids are a group of plant metabolites thought to provide health benefits through cell signalling pathways and antioxidant effects.” {via}

Cacao is also rich in a compound called theobromine. Theobromine “provides a gentle energy boost while relaxing the body, decreasing blood pressure, improving brain function, and supporting healthy digestion, circulation and respiration.” {via} Theobromine is much more gentle on the body than caffeine.

Cacao is chock full of vitamins & minerals including: Vitamin C & E, magnesium, potassium, zinc, & copper.

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I am a major fan of Cacao Tea Company – not only is the tea SO delicious, but they’re a very eco-friendly company. From the looseleaf tea to the earth friendly packaging, you can feel good about purchasing from Cacao Tea Co. All of their tea is of the highest quality {organic, GMO free, gluten free, dairy free & no additional additives} & ethically sourced from South America. Cacao Tea Co. also uses the traditional methods similar to those ancient Mayan & Aztec civilizations used thousands of years ago!

Cacao Tea Company is ethically sourced and they trade directly with the cacao farmers. This avoids any middle-man & helps keep prices reasonable. Not only that, they ensure the farmers are being paid fairly. Also, they donate 15% of profits to help provide healthy meals to malnourished families in developing companies – more on that here. Cacao Tea Company is a pure company full of integrity all around.

I have two recipes I want to share here! Basically, my tips for brewing cacao tea & an essellesse alternative to hot cacao

my tips s to make the perfect cup of cacao tea

use either a french press, strainer, or infuser! {tip: I use strainers all the time for coffee when I’m feeling lazy – a little hack for just one cup!}

the longer you can steep cacao tea, the more flavourful it gets. Bring the water to a full boil and allow the tea to steep up to 10 – 15 minutes.

As the tea steeps, make sure the water stays warm to get the most flavour out of it! If you aren’t using a french press, be sure to use a lid to cover & retain heat

Althernatively, you can boil the tea loosely over the stove & strain it with a fine mesh sieve, cheese cloth, or coffee filter.

Delicious on it’s own! I also love it with hemp milk; coconut oil; cinnamon; coconut milk; almond milk; oat milk… & sometimes I like to brew it with some peppermint tea for a play on mint chip! It’s also fun to add to coffee for a “mocha” vibe. In fact, it’s really lovely with hazelnut or vanilla coffee.

Prefer it cold? Brew hot & then add ice cubes or refrigerate it & enjoy later. You can also make ice cubes out of the tea! Delicious with hemp milk, coffee, or in chai!

For alternative methods, check out Cacao Tea Company’s Complete Guide to Brewing Tea!

essellesse hot coconut cacao

serves one


cacao tea, 2 tsp

water, 3/4 cup

coconut milk, 1/4 cup {I generally eyeball how much I want}

cornstarch, 1/2 tsp

vanilla {powder or extract – I like this powder}, to your liking!! i loveeeeeeeeee vanilla, it’s my fav flavour so I take vanilla VERY seriously

cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, to your liking


sweetener of your choice {sugar, coconut sugar – my fav, honey, etc}


over a stove top, being cacao tea to a boil. Bring to med heat & let steep for 5 minutes. Add coconut milk, cornstarch, vanilla, & cinnamon. Bring to a boil & stir. Bring heat down to a medium & stir occaisionally, ~10 minutes, or until it’s at desired thickness.

To serve, pour in a cup! With any extra coconut milk, try whipping some with the vanilla & pumpkin spice {I just used a frother} and pouring in the cacao tea for extra creaminess! I know Trader Joe’s also sells a coconut whipped cream – seen here in my friend Colette’s vid! Would also be delicious with my pumpkin spice hemp milk

want to try it spiked? delicious with some bourbon or bailey’s! 😉

give it a go!! Have your chocolate & drink it too 😉

Any teas you’re loving lately?? Always looking for new teas to try!

x Shannon

+ buy Cacao Tea here! {use code SAVE15 for 15% off your first order!

+ holographic kitchenware here

{ thank you Cacao Tea Co. for sending me the tea! I absolutely loved it }

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