Cacao Preparation

Preparing your cacao

Mesoamerican and South American peoples have been preparing and drinking cacao for millennia.

Traditionally cacao paste was melted, mixed with water and spices, poured between vases (like you might see Indian chai walas doing today!) and whisked to create a foamy layer on top. Mmmm!

How to Prepare Cacao

As a starting point, we have included a recommended preparation suggestion below. But with any fine brew, feel into the process, experiment with different strengths and flavours you feel drawn too.

We’ve also included some pro tips that we have learned over the years – our secrets to you.

Sacred cacao

How to Prepare your Daily Cacao Drink


For One Serving

  • Cacao:
    • 1 Tbsp/10-15g (ideal for evenings or a small dose)
    • 2 Tbsp/25-30g (for increased focus & energy)
    • 3 Tbsp/45g (ceremonial dose)
  • 150 ml very hot water, but not boiling (this is important). Allow any boiling water to cool for some minutes
  • 40 ml plant-based milk (our favourite is oat milk)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of sweetener (coconut sugar, agave, honey, or whatever you love)
  • Optional spices: we love stirring through a vanilla pod. You can try adding ground cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, anise, ginger, a pinch of cayenne pepper or even a pinch of sea salt!


On the Go:

  1. Add all ingredients to a heat-proof blender, or deep saucepan/other vessel if using a hand-held blender.
  2. Blend thoroughly, and pour into your favourite mug. Enjoy!

Slow & steady wins the race:

  1. Take a saucepan.
  2. Add cacao, sweetener (to taste), spices (optional), water (no need to heat in advance) and 40ml milk.
  3. Warm over low heat, stirring continuously. Allow cacao to completely melt. Do not let it boil.
  4. Recommended: blend in a heat proof blender or hand-held blender. If you don’t have either, then you can use a whisk to make it frothy.
  5. Pour into your favourite mug. Enjoy!

Pro Tips!

Never boil your cacao: this may cause the cacao butter to split from the solids and will reduce the essential mineral and theobromine content.

Get creative: there are lots of different ways to spice your cacao. Some days we fancy a sweet vanilla vibe, other days we prefer cardamom with a cayenne kick. There is no right or wrong approach!

Explore different milk options: our favourite is oat milk (especially the ones that are barista grade), but you can use whichever is your favourite.

Blending tips: Blending your cacao is the best way to achieve optimum frothiness! Always use a heat proof blender. If you don’t have one, then a handheld blender in a deep vessel works a treat. You can also go old school and whisk it up, just like the Mayans did.

Drinking with Intention: Settling down with a cup of cacao can be the perfect moment to set your intention for the day. When we are attuned with our body, we can actually feel cacao radiating in our being. Mindfully enjoying a daily cacao drink is a perfect way to align our body and mind before stepping forth into the day.

Mindful cacao

Take inspiration from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh on how he drinks tea as part of his practice of mindfulness >>>

Ceremonial grade cacao

Preparing cacao for a group

Prepare cacao for a group

Cacao also has also been traditionally used as a ceremonial drink. The eytomology of the Mayan word ‘chocl’dh‘ suggests that cacao has – for a long time, been used as a drink that is shared.

Below are some tips that we have learned about how to best prepare Cacao Artesanos cacao for a group.

  • You will want to start by knowing the numbers of people who will be drinking cacao – as this will determine how much Cacao Artesanos paste you will need. You may want to prepare a little more, in case more beings join, or if you have a group who really love cacao!

  • Leftover cacao: You can refrigerate leftover cacao in a sealed container and it will be good to consume for the next 24 hours (round 2 just needs heating!).

  • What’s a Ceremonial Dose?: Generally each person might be served around 120-150ml of cacao through the duration of a ceremony. It is about 3 Tbps (45g+) of Cacao Artesanos paste for a ceremonial dose, per person.
  • Keeping your cacao warm: Be mindful that the cacao will need to be kept warm. We highly recommend using a good quality thermos – these can keep liquids hot for up to 12 hours.

  • Be Prepared: Be sure to have some cloths on hand, to clean up any spills (they can happen).

  • Pro Tip: Cacao can actually become thicker over time. So if there is a delay between preparation and serving time, then you may need to add a bit more liquid than you would usually.

Even more delicious ways to get your Cacao hit!

Our cacao can be used for so much more than just drinking – cacao mousse, bliss balls, brownies and so much more! You can find our tasty recipes here. If you come up with a winning combination or a delicious recipe, then let us know! 

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