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Chocolate Alchemy brewing cocoa

        John Nanci
        Chocolate Alchemy
        3796 Stewart Road
        Eugene OR 97402
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Crio, Inc. was founded in 2010 by Dr. Eric Durtschi, an insightful entrepreneur who wanted to share his discovery of brewed cocoa beans as a healthy and delicious alternative to coffee.

Named after the famed criollo cocoa beans, Crio’s flagship product is Crio Bru, 100% roasted and ground cocoa beans that are brewed like coffee. The inspiration for this drink originated thousands of years ago by the indigenous peoples of Central and South America. It was served to kings and prized for its energizing and restorative properties. In more recent times it has been supplanted by coffee but as we realize the many negatives of caffeine, the search for a new, healthier drink began. Crio Bru is the original hot drink of kings and is now available for everyone.

Dr. Durtschi travels the world to locate the finest cacao plantations producing the smoothest, most flavorful beans. He is also the inventor of a new roaster and grinder design that optimizes the brewing process to produce a consistently great cup of Crio. Now that’s commitment you can believe in! Our Story - Choffy and Jason Vanderhoven Brewing Cocoa

This is Brewing cocoa - it has been roasted and ground, with the husk, for the purposes of making a hot brewed chocolate drink, and is not suitable for making chocolate.

There has recently been a lot of buzz about various brewing chocolates. Choffy and Crio Bru are the two big ones that come to mind. I’ve received more inquires than I can count about what makes them so special, if my roasted cocoa beans will work and how one can make their own hot chocolate drink with minimum fuss.

Up until this point, I didn’t have any really good answers. Now I do and am offering a selection of cocoa beans roasted and ground (with the husk) for the expressed purpose of making hot brewed chocolate.

Your tastes may vary but I recommend starting with the following proportions and times:

  • 4 T (35-40 g) / 8 oz boiling water
  • Steep 5 minutes
  • Press (assuming you are using a press pot - drip works ok too)
  • Enjoy straight, with milk (or cream) and/or sugar.

I have only included the cocoa beans that I found made a good brewing chocolate. Some like the Papua New Guinea for instance, where it is great as a piquant, smoky chocolate, simply comes through sharp and acidic when brewed.

Finally, keep in mind this will not give you classic ‘hot chocolate’. Brewed chocolate is a different, yet very enjoyable, animal - enjoy it for what it is, not for what it is not.