Are you addicted to the rich aroma and mind-awakening effects of a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the morning? Do you also believe your adrenals and nervous system would appreciate it if you found a better way to start the day? Well, get ready to witness the ultimate showdown in the battle for your morning beverage. In one corner, we have the tried-and-true favorite, coffee, with its purported energizing properties and familiar taste. And in the other corner, we have ceremonial-grade cacao, an exotic contender claimingsuperior flavor and health benefits. Watch the fierce rivalry unfold as we learn the pros and cons of each, discover the drawbacks of coffee, and explore the benefits of ceremonial-grade cacao. Ready to choose a side? Get your taste buds ready for a showdown like no other because this battle just got serious.
The Drawbacks of Coffee
While coffee has long been the go-to morning beverage for many, it has drawbacks. Coffee can negatively affect your physical and mental well-being despite its purported energizing properties. One of the most well-known drawbacks of coffee is its potential to cause jitters and increased anxiety. The caffeine in coffee stimulates the central nervous system, leading to restlessness and a sense of unease in some individuals. If you happen to have burnt-out adrenals or are stuck in a chronic state of elevated cortisol, this is a big deal. Learn more about the relationship between coffee and adrenal fatigue by clicking here.
Additionally, coffee can disrupt sleep patterns, especially when consumed later in the day. The stimulating effects of caffeine can linger in the body for hours. This can make it difficult to fall asleep and achieve a restful night’s rest. Caffeine also blocks the release of the chemical that tells your brain when your body is tired. This throws your circadian rhythms off. This can result in a vicious cycle of relying on coffee to combat the tiredness caused by lack of sleep caused by coffee, further perpetuating the adverse effects on our energy levels.
Finally, coffee can also have gastrointestinal effects for some individuals. The high acidity of coffee can irritate the lining of the stomach. It can cause discomfort, heartburn, and even digestive issues such as acid reflux. This can be particularly problematic for those with pre-existing digestive conditions or sensitivities.
While coffee undeniably offers a beloved taste and energizing boost, you should be aware of these potential drawbacks. Understanding coffee’s limitations and possible adverse effects can help you make more informed choices about your morning beverage.
Now, we will uncover ceremonial-grade cacao’s surprising advantages over coffee and explore the untapped potential of this exotic contender. Get ready to discover a new way to start your day on a delicious and healthier note.
The Superiority of Ceremonial-Grade Cacao
Like coffee, cacao has been consumed for centuries and boasts a rich history filled with cultural significance. However, what sets ceremonial-grade cacao apart is its exquisite taste, numerous health benefits, and potential to revolutionize the way we start our day. Prepare yourself for a delightful and healthier way to kickstart your mornings.
Ceremonial-grade cacao offers a taste experience like no other. It is earthy and bitter, if not sweetened, with deep and complex flavors. Every sip is an indulgent treat for the senses. I mix mine with plant-based milk like almond or oat, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of pepper. Often, I mix in coffee to make the delectable cafe mocha that I share the recipe for later on. As I sip, I savor the heat of the mug on my palms and traveling down my throat. It’s a decadent experience that turns a simple morning ritual into a moment of pleasure and indulgence, especially on cold winter mornings.
Beyond its exceptional taste, ceremonial-grade cacao also offers some mind-blowing health benefits. While coffee can cause gastrointestinal issues for some individuals, cacao is gentle on the stomach. It’s less likely to contribute to discomfort or heartburn. In fact, cacao can help support digestion and soothe the digestive system because of the magnesium it contains. By choosing ceremonial-grade cacao over coffee, you can enjoy a morning beverage that tastes great and supports your overall well-being.
Additionally, ceremonial-grade cacao contains a wealth of nutrients absent or less pronounced in coffee. Cacao is rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body from oxidative stress and promote overall health. It is also a natural source of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, iron, and calcium, essential for various bodily functions. By swapping your cup of coffee for a steaming mug of ceremonial-grade cacao, or at least adding cacao to your coffee using this recipe, you can nourish your body with these beneficial nutrients and give yourself a healthy boost to start the day.
As we continue our exploration of cacao’s superiority, we will delve into its specific health benefits. So, prepare to be amazed by the remarkable benefits of this ancient beverage.
Health Benefits of Ceremonial-Grade Cacao
From boosting mood and brain function to supporting cardiovascular health, ceremonial-grade cacao holds immense potential to transform our mornings.
Cacao is a fruit of the Theobroma cacao plant, which is the source of chocolate. It contains theobromine, which experts believe to be responsible for many of its health benefits. Cacao is also rich in antioxidants, minerals, and flavonols, which are plant compounds that may benefit the heart, blood pressure, blood sugar, mood, memory, and immunity.
Some of the health benefits of cacao, as reported by scientific studies and research, are:
Cacao may enhance immunity by modulating the activity of immune cells and cytokines involved in the body’s response to infections and inflammation.
However, not all forms of cacao are equally beneficial. The processing of cacao beans into chocolate can reduce the amount and quality of the flavanols and other nutrients. Consuming cacao in its raw, organic, and minimally processed form is recommended. And that’s why I suggest buying your cacao from a reputable source, such as Keith’s Cacao.
Now let’s talk about how you can create the perfect cafe mocha using this extraordinary ingredient.
Creating the Perfect Cafe Mocha with Cacao
If, like me, you want the health benefits of ceremonial-grade cacao but aren’t yet ready to break up with your morning coffee, I have a solution for you: the perfect cafe mocha. The combination of rich chocolatey cacao and the boldness of coffee creates a delightful balance of flavors that will elevate your morning beverage experience.
To begin, you will need 1/2 to 1 oz. of high-quality ceremonial-grade cacao. This type of cacao is carefully crafted and processed to preserve its natural flavors and health benefits. Look for cacao that is ethically sourced and preferably organic. I opt for a cacao brick, which I then slice and grind (or chop) each morning. If you buy from Keith’s, each brick of cacao is blessed before it is shipped. How cool is that? But I’m getting distracted. By choosing the best ingredients, you can ensure that your cafe mocha tastes fantastic and provides the maximum nutritional value.
Next, you will need freshly brewed coffee. Opt for a medium to dark roast that complements the robustness of cacao. Opt for high-quality, minimally processed beans. The quality of your coffee will significantly influence your cafe mocha’s overall taste and health benefits. It can be drip brew or pour-over, whatever you prefer.
Once you have your cacao and coffee ready, it’s time to bring them together. Start by heating your milk of choice in a saucepan over low heat. If you’re craving a frothy texture, consider using a milk frother or a handheld whisk to create a luxurious foam. This step adds a delightful touch to your cafe mocha experience.
Mix your ceremonial-grade cacao with a small amount of hot water to create a smooth paste as your milk is warming up. This step ensures the cacao fully dissolves and blends seamlessly with the coffee. Otherwise, you can end up with a grainy, muddy texture. The paste should be rich and velvety.
Now, it’s time to combine all the elements. Slowly pour your brewed coffee into a mug, followed by the cacao paste and natural sweeteners or spices. I add half a spoonful of a golden milk mix containing turmeric and black pepper, a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a spoonful of organic cane sugar. Honey, agave, or maple syrup are also popular sweetener options. Stir gently to fully incorporate the cacao and spices into the coffee. Finally, pour the warm, frothy milk into the mixture, creating a beautiful foam layer on top (assuming you took my advice and used a whisk or frother). The resulting cafe mocha will have a delightful balance of flavors, with the cacao’s bitterness perfectly complementing the coffee’s richness.
Creating the perfect cafe mocha with cacao allows you to savor the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the superfood benefits of cacao while still getting your caffeine fix. So, treat yourself (in moderation) to this delicious and healthier alternative to traditional coffee. Your taste buds and your body will thank you.
But don’t just take my word for it. As author Alice Walker once said, “The drink of the Gods is chocolate!” The power of cacao to invigorate and uplift is unparalleled. So why not indulge in a heavenly cafe mocha using cacao, combining the richness of chocolate with the kick of caffeine? It’s a delightful fusion that will undoubtedly revolutionize your mornings.
Cacao Wins the Battle!
By now, it should be clear that the battle for your morning beverage has taken an unexpected turn. While coffee has been a longstanding favorite, its drawbacks cannot be ignored. On the other hand, ceremonial-grade cacao has emerged as a superior alternative, offering a delectable taste and a host of health benefits. By choosing cacao, you can satisfy your morning cravings while nourishing your body.
As you embark on this new coffee vs. cacao adventure, remember that your choice of morning beverage can significantly impact your taste buds and overall well-being. So, bid farewell to the drawbacks of coffee by itself. Instead,welcome the superior qualities of ceremonial-grade cacao into your daily routine, either as an addition or a substitute. Try it and unlock a world of deliciousness and good health that will leave you craving more. ☕
If you try my cacao cafe mocha recipe, I would love to hear your feedback! Post a comment below and let me know what you think, or share any alterations you made so I can try out your variations. Please and thank you. 🥰