Are you up for a smooth and delicious chocolate tea, packed with Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants?
Cacao husk is the fibrous outer shell of the cacao bean and is a by-product of chocolate making. After gentle roasting, the cacao beans go through a process called winnowing, where the outer shells of the cacao bean are separated from the nib — it’s the nibs inside which get crushed and worked into chocolate.
Sustainable and waste-reducing, cacao husk has many uses and benefits.
Cacao Husk Tea
When the cacao husks are steeped in water it makes a delicious, light and healthy chocolate tea. Rich in antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium, iron and zinc. The tea contains theobromine, the mood-boosting stimulant, without the jittery side effects of caffeine.
The tea has a light chocolatey taste — the perfect base to build flavour and get creative. We love brewing the cacao with fresh herbs (kawakawa and mint are delicious), or adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to fire up the system.
Cacao husk makes an excellent mulch for the garden - helping to retain water in the soil and reduce weeds organically, eliminating the use of chemically laden herbicides. Organic cacao mulch contains phosphate and nitrogen, excellent for adding nutrients to the soil.
Cacao shells can also be used to make beautiful nourishing body scrubs - and so we’ve heard - even used as an ingredient in home-brewing beer or kombucha!
Complimentary Cacao Tea
We’re offering free cacao husk tea with every order, so you can try this delicious brew for yourself. Just type in “LoveTea” in the notes at checkout if you would like us to include a bag with your order. The cacao tea is packaged in a 200g home-compostable bag. Only while stocks last — or till our next roast!
Add 3 teaspoons per cup to a strainer or tea pot, then allow to steep in freshly boiled water for 3-5 minutes. Serve straight, with fresh herbs, spices, or with a little milk and maple syrup.