No matter the time of year or the temperature outside, I’m perfectly happy with a cup of coffee or a mocha. After adding a bit of cream and sweetener, I’ll sometimes slurp it down in no time flat. Other times I savor a cup over the course of a few hours. One thing that is always consistent is that I drink alone because the kids are too young for coffee and hubby doesn’t like the taste.
I always offer to make coffee when people come over because it’s nice having someone to share conversation and a cup. Every once in a while, I’ll make hot tea or cocoa so someone will join me. It was with total delight that I discovered there is another option that puts my iCoffee maker to use without making coffee.
A month or so back, someone posted about Crio Bru on one of my Facebook boards and said they were looking for people to try out their product. Let me think. Do I want to try out a product that brews chocolaty goodness in my coffee pot? Well, duh.
The product looks just like coffee and is prepared like coffee but is actually ground cocoa beans. Let me show you how simple it is.
Pour the water into your coffee pot like you normally do.
Scoop out the designated amount of grounds based on how many cups of water you added. See how it looks like cocoa? Bet you wish you could smell it through your computer.
Then start your coffee pot like you normally do. What you end up with is a pot of antioxidant-filled goodness rich in health benefits but low in calories and carbs containing no sugar, sodium or gluten.
With that said, let me tell you what it tastes like. You know the cocoa you have in your cabinet for baking? Think about if you added it to a cup and mixed it with water. It is a strong cocoa flavor. If I was one of those people who drinks my coffee black and enjoys dry red wines, I probably would have loved it right like that.
But I’m not. It’s no secret that I have a horrible sweet tooth. I add creamer and sweetener to my coffee, drink only sweetened tea and my favorite wine is a Late-Harvest Moscato. It was missing the sweetness that I seek from a cocoa product. So what did I do? I added a little milk and sugar and it was positively divine.
Okay, so maybe that makes it not as healthy as drinking it black (or would that be referred to as drinking it brown?) – drinking it straight – but the difference is that I had someone I was able to enjoy it with. That, in and of itself, is a total bonus.
The only thing I haven’t tried is to mix it with half & half, sweetener and ice to create a frappe drink. Or even mix it with ice cream to make a shake! At some point, I’ll try to incorporate the previously brewed grounds into one of these delicious looking recipes.
Oooh… that reminds me… have you ever heard of people using their coffee grounds in composting bins or gardens? Well Crio Bru grounds are eco-friendly also. Not only can you add it to gardens (as long as you don’t have pets in the yard) but you can also use them as an exfoliating scrub or make a full body scrub by combining them with sea salt and olive oil.
Who knew that a coffee pot could create so much more than just coffee? Are you ready to brew up some cocoa?