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Cacao Tea (Chocolate Without the Guilt !)

The cacao plant originated from tropical regions in Central and South America. The Mayans consumed them over 4,000 years ago.

Cacao has been recently hailed as a superfood, as it contains high amounts of magnesium, antioxidants, calcium, zinc, copper and selenium. It is also known to contain more antioxidants per gram than blueberries, goji berries, raisins and prune.

Not only is it high in minerals and antioxidants, it contains naturally occurring neurotransmitters which helps to elevate mood and mental well being – serotonin, dopamine, phenylethylamine.

So what is cacao? How is it different from chocolate? Chocolate is the processed version of cacao (after sugar, vanilla extract and cocoa butter been added)

Freshly harvested cacao pods, cracked open

 

Ripe cacao pods are hand picked as the pods cant be mechanised since cacao pods ripens at different times. The pods are then broken, and the beans are then left to fermented. The beans are fermented (turned every 24 or 48 hours) until 6 days have passed.

When the beans have fully fermented, they are left to be dried in wooden boxes or pallets. Drying will decrease the humidity to 7% from 60%.  The beans are then aged for around 75 days. After this, the cacao beans are ready for storage.

Cacao Nibs and Cacao Husks

Cacao beans are poured into a machine, where the beans are cracked open and the nibs are separated from the husks. Cacao husks are the fibrous outers shells of cacao beans, whereas the nibs are the cacao seeds.

Cacao nibs which are placed on wooden tray to dry

 

Cacao Tea

Cacao tea is made by steeping cacao husks into freshly boiled water for about 5 minutes. You may also choose to add cacao nibs, together with the husks, to give the cacao tea more body and flavour.

For added taste, you can add milk (cow, almond, soy), sugar, dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.

The cacao tea may be enjoyed hot or cold.

So enjoy your cacao tea without the added calories guilt!

 

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About Ciinndey Wong

Ciinndey Wong has been in the health and wellness industry ever since 2006. A series of health crisis led her to want to do something about her life, and make a complete change. She ventured into the industry, wanting to help people with better health. However, she still felt unfulfilled. She was frustrated with the lack of caffeine free and sugar free hot beverages in the market. This was when she decided to establish Rhymba Hills Tea in 2014. Rhymba Hills Tea is proudly JAKIM Halal certified, boasting only 100% Malaysian natural herbal infusions, which allows our Muslim friends to consume with confidence. To date, Rhymba Hills Tea has sold more than 1 million sachets, both locally and globally. Ciinndey has appeared in both local and overseas media, advocating that 100% Malaysian natural herbal infusion can be tasty and healthy. She is very passionate about the industry, having travelled globally to attend food and beverage conferences and exhibitions, to be updated with industry knowledge. In her former life, Ciinndey was a bean counter at one of the Big 4 auditing firms. Ciinndey is passionate about education, having donate part of the sales proceeds to charity every month. During her free time, she enjoys taking walks in parks.

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