Crio Brü is made from 100%, perfectly roasted cocoa beans. No sugar, dairy or chemicals are added and the minerals and antioxidants are preserved in the process. The list of health benefits is a long one. What I noticed was that it was a great "pick me up" in the afternoon. Not a caffeine jittery high but a pleasant energy lift.
This is one healthy cup of cocoa. It has all the nutritional benefits of dark chocolate with only 10 calories and 1.5 carbs .
Opening the package releases the most delicious mouth watering fragrance. I wish this picture were a scratch and sniff so that you could experience it. Crio Brü appears to have the consistency of ground coffee and even brews like coffee but that's where the similarity ends.
There are several flavors of Crio Brü: Cavalla, Vega Reál, Coca River, Maracaibo and Kabenau. I was sent a package of Cavalla and Maya for review.
Cavalla has 100% ground cocoa beans, but also has hints of coconut and cinnamon. The other blend I received, Maya, contains cocoa beans, cinnamon, ground vanilla beans, and cayenne pepper for a little bit of spicy kick.
To brew the Crio Brü I used my coffee machine. My son has a French Press and I will be trying it in that as well. I think it will probably brew a bit better in a French press. I found that it took a long time to drain through in my coffee maker. That may be do to my coffee maker. I even tried it in my Keurig but it's not a good match.
The instructions suggest using 2 tablespoons of grounds per 6 oz. water. You can add other spices, like cinnamon to the grounds and can even combine with coffee grounds. I love the taste without spices and a little Fat Free half and half. I also enjoy a cup with a tablespoon of coconut oil for an extra nutritional boost. The Cavalla alone without cream, sugar or coconut oil was delicious! The Maya was a bit spicy for me but my son loved it!
Crio Inc. is a green company which is something I really appreciate. One way to repurpose Crio Brü grounds is to bake with them. I made brownies for my #DisneySide party using Cavalla. They were delcious! You can add a few tablespoons to smoothies too or as I do with my coffee grounds you can put it in the garden. Your flowers will love you for it. Just keep your pets away from the grounds as they can be extremely hazardous to their health.
Go check out the Crio Bru Website and look at the other flavors. You can order from their site, or it is sold in select stores. There is a 3 pack available on Amazon: Crio Bru 3 Pack (12oz) Coca River, Cavalla, Vega Real (affiliate link) that seems reasonably priced and a good way to try it.
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If you try this, please let me know what you think.