Created by the ancient Incas and rediscovered for today, Crio Bru is the ultimate superfood, a delicious all-natural coffee alternative made from the finest fair trade cocoa beans, roasted and ground and brewed just like coffee. But unlike coffee, it's 99% caffeine free, high in antioxidants and theobromine for a focused, Honest Energy TM boost that will keep you feeling great all day, without jitters or sleeplessness. As for the taste and aroma, it's like the best dark chocolate; enjoy it with your favorite sweetener or creamer, or just as it is, hot or iced: natural, earthy, uplifting! Cacao is 100% gluten free, dairy free, cholesterol free, soy free, sodium free and sugar free.
Boosts your immune system
Cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world; by weight it has more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, açai, pomegranates, and goji berries combined!
Promotes weight loss
Low in calories, fat and carbs – and with theobromine as a natural appetite suppressant – cacao is the superfood that helps curb your appetite while promoting weight loss and healthy living.
Rich in Magnesium and other minerals
Cacao has high levels of magnesium, zinc, and other minerals supporting the heart, aiding digestion, building strong bones and healthy blood.
Supports brain and body chemistry
- Cacao is abundant in chemicals produced by the body but rarely found in most foods:
- Anadamide, an endorphin or “bliss chemical” produced after exercise
- Phenylethylamine for increased focus and alertness
- Seratonin, a primary neurotransmitter that helps build a “stress defense shield”
- Tryptophan, an amino acid that enhances relaxation and promotes better sleep
- ade from 100% pure, perfectly roasted cocoa beans with no additives
- Theobromine provides natural, healthy energy without the jitters
- Less caffeine than decaffeinated coffee
- Only 10 calories per serving and 0 sugars
- 4,516 UI antioxidants per serving
Q. What is Crio Bru?
Crio Bru is 100% natural, 100% pure, 100% incredible drink made from 100% cacao beans, roasted and ground to perfection and brewed just like coffee. Named after the Criollo-the most prized of cacao beans - Crio Bru will delight you with its complex chocolatey flavors, subtle aromas and balanced, antioxidant - rich health benefits!
Q. How do I brew it?
Crio Bru is made any way that traditional coffee is brewed. You can make it in a standard auto-drip machine with a permanent gold filter (not paper), or in a French Press. To brew a strong cup of Crio, think hotter and longer. Set your auto-drip to brew slowly or brew it 10-12 minutes in a French Press with boiling water. Drink it "black" with nothing added or experiment with your favorite creamer and sweetener. Try it with a dash of cinnamon, or even mix it with ground coffee to make an incredible Crio Mocha.
To make Crio Bru Concentrate for larger parties or iced beverages:
Place ½ cup Crio Bru grounds and 2 cups water in a saucepan and heat until it is lightly boiling. Simmer for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool slightly and then strain out the grounds by either running it through a coffee filter or using a French press. Refrigerate and use as needed within a week.
Modification: One of our favorite things to do when using this concentrate in sweet recipes is to add two ounces of finely chopped good quality chocolate when simmering the concentrate. Try this with the Hand-Shaken Mocha!!!
ICED Crio Bru:
Add one part Crio Concentrate to one part cold water in a glass full of ice. Sweeten with agave, stevia, or honey and add creamer, if desired.
Crio Bru SPRITZER:
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add a splash of Crio Bru Concentrate. Fill with club soda. Garnish with raspberries or a slice of orange. Sweeten if desired. Very refreshing!
Crio Bru Affogato:
Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a dessert bowl and add a few ounces of Crio Bru Concentrate. Top with a little chocolate syrup and a dollop of whipped cream.
Iced Vanilla Cratte
Q. What are the health benefits of Crio Bru?
Enabling you to lead a healthier and happier life, Crio Bru is the ultimate superfood. It is low in calories and contains no sugar, no fat, no dairy, no sodium, no gluten, no soy, no cholesterol and practically no caffeine, while being extremely high in antioxidants, theobromine, magnesium, and a host of other vitamins, amino acids, and minerals. Doctors and dieticians have told us about the benefits of dark chocolate for years, and now Crio Bru has emerged as an exciting, healthy new way to enjoy them every day.
The natural, non-addictive energy boost you get from drinking Crio is a product not of caffeine (a common misconception), but from theobromine, an amazing compound that provides focused, mild, long-lasting energy, as well as acting as a natural appetite suppressant and fat blocker for those trying to lose weight. After a cup of Crio in the morning, you'll feel great all day, without caffeine's "jitters and crash" effects.
Q. How else can I enjoy Crio Bru?
Drink it as a low calorie snack to curb your appetite
Blend with your favorite coffee to reduce acidity and caffeine
Try it over ice for a cool summer drink
Add it to desserts and recipes
Relax with a hot cup of crio at night without fear of sleeplessness
Q. Can I reuse the grounds?
Yes similar to coffee grounds, Crio Bru grounds make great compost; they contain iron and magnesium that makes a good additive to your soil. However, please ensure that pets won't get into the soil, as it could be very harmful or even fatal. Crio Bru grounds also make an excellent skin exfoliate. Or add them to shakes or favorite recipes for added nutrition and fiber!
HOW DOES CACAO MEASURE UP TO OTHER FOODS?
USDA data on foods with high ORAC scores
|Food||Serving size||Antioxidant capacity per serving size|
|Raw unprocessed cacao||100 grams||28,000|
|Small red bean||½ cup dried beans||13,727|
|Wild blueberry||1 cup||13,427|
|Red kidney bean||½ cup dried beans||13,259|
|Pinto bean||½ cup||11,864|
|Blueberry||1 cup (cultivated berries)||9,019|
|Cranberry||1 cup (whole berries)||8,983|
|Artichoke hearts||1 cup, cooked||7,904|
|Blackberry||1 cup (cultivated berries)||7,701|
|Red Delicious apple||1 apple||5,900|
|Granny Smith apple||1 apple||5,381|
|Sweet cherry||1 cup||4,873|
|Black plum||1 plum||4,844|
|Russet potato||1, cooked||4,649|
|Black bean||½ cup dried beans||4,181|
|Gala apple||1 apple||3,903|
Nutrient Data Laboratory, Agriculture Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, USDA Database for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods, Release 2 - May 2010.