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What is Cacao Tea?

This was written by Ethan Swift and the original post is found here on the Island Sharks Blog. What is Cacao Tea? Its not camellia sinensis, the main component in green tea. It is however a hot water extraction, just like common tea. The main difference is that cacao tea is an extraction of cacao bean husks and fine cacao nib dust. In other words, its the whole bean. And, its not a leaf like normal tea. Chocolate is just the inside of the cacao bean. Cacao Tea is a more holistic approach to chocolate. Some of the theobromine, the stimulate in cacao, migrates to the husk during fermentation. So, this drink is extremely stimulating. For those of you who know cacao's 3800 years of history, you won't find it a surprise that drinking cacao has been around a lot longer than the chocolate bar. It was a beverage for millennia.

Drinking cacao tea is like walking back in history, back in time, to something sacred and lost. It kills the need for coffee and the husks and dust are both free of caffeine ( That means that this "food of the gods", was not only a "drink of the gods" but also that it is non-addictive. It is non-habit-forming. Here is what some folks have said about drinking cacao tea; "....its rich in antioxidants and flavanoids" (, "drinking cacao tea does not excite nerves, does not influence but helps sleeping, and improves sleeping quality (as well as) delaying bodily aging to a certain extent more than traditional tea leaves ( Are you excited to try it yet? It's HUGE in the Caribbean (for breakfast) and Island Sharks has 5 delicious all Hawaii-grown cacao tea flavors! They each offer a necessary medicinal benefit all with zero calories. Our 100% Pure Cacao Tea offer 40x the antioxidants of blueberries and even tumor fighting compounds, a classic chocolate flavor and long lasting healthy stimulation from theobromine. If you want even more vitamins and minerals and caffeine try our cacao tea blend with unsmoked yerba mate. It will keep you awake, focused and energized for hours -- with no crashing! If you want to get up and go all day, and you want a break from coffee, try this natural plant remedy. The reishi and cinnamon cacao tea was put together for several reasons. It will regulate your blood sugar, help you relax and maybe the best recipe for immortality, ever. Cinnamon will balance your brain chemistry but the reishi is adaptogenic so it helps with whatever you need. Reishi mushroom even earned the name, "The mushroom of immortality." This is how to take your health to the next level. Cacao Tea with Mint just sounded so good we had to try it. Then we had to make it available to you because of its can't-live-without-it classic chocolate peppermint taste.This is the most refreshing blend and best to cool the body and fight inflammation while soothing the digestive system.

Hawaiian Mamaki Tea is a traditional endemic remedy of the Hawaiian people. It is used as a blood cleanser and much more. Mixing it with the vasodialating or heart-opening cacao tea can really get oxygenated blood pumping through your body and lungs 3x better than normal. This is also a great way to get a taste of Old Hawai'i in your morning cup. Its easy to brew and has ZERO calories Prep time: 5 minutes; Difficulty: low Recipe type: Beverage Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free Serves:2 cups Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao tea (husks and nib dust)

  • 2 cups water


  1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil.

  2. Pour the cacao tea into the boiling water on the stove top.

  3. Turn off the heat and let steep for 4 minutes or longer.

  4. Strain into your favorite mug, separating out the husks.

  5. OPTIONAL: Add coconut milk for a creamier consistency and vanilla to soothe

The typical frequency for drinking this delicious beverage is daily, especially first thing in the morning. Skip the caffeine and enjoy cacao tea instead. We recommend brewing it dark and drinking it hot. Everyday. We would love to have your feedback too, after trying this. Leave a comment below. If you want to share this to your community, that would be greatly appreciated. (that is what I am doing here!)

Cacao tea is new outside places like Jamaica. Typically that's because the husk and fine nib dust is discarded in cocoa manufacturing. In Hawai'i, we repurpose the delicious, nutty and earthy husks and dusts as our farms are free from typical disease vectors (farm animals). You see, the cacao farms we support have no livestock. This rules out things like E. coli and salmonella from growing on the husks. Our husks, grown locally, have been inspected by the University of Hawai'i and Food Lab, Inc. Nutritional Facts have been provided to us. As a result, we are proud to be providers of this, newly rediscovered, health beverage. Cacao tea is very different than regular tea. Finally, its making its worldwide repurposing with the help of ethical and child-slave-free cacao farming and the growth of bean-to-bar chocolate. It has been around, for centuries just like tea, however. It just wasn't the safest to drink.

Looking for a new morning ritual? Look no further. Cacao tea is looking for you. Mahalo for reading! Let Ethan and I know if you have tried Cacao tea before, we know some of you have as Island Sharks Customers, thank you! Please everyone feel free to share your experiences with cacao tea below and I will also do the same later in response to this thread. Aloha, Jen! #LetsTalkAboutCacao#ponococoa

Pictured: Island Sharks Cacao Tea

PC: Ashton Miyako

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