Cacao Preparation Tips:
We thought it would be useful to set some guidelines around how much cacao paste to add for your daily brew. This guidance draws upon our experience and personal recommendations, but each of us is different. As with any fine brew – feeeeel into the process. Try different strengths and flavours. You’ll soon know the optimal amount depending on the time and occasion.
There are lots of factors to consider when it comes to choosing the right amount for you. Depending on your metabolism, size, sensitivity to stimulants, and how clean your diet is in general, cacao will effect you in different ways. A two a day coffee drinker is likely to have a different experience to someone who strictly sticks to water and herbal teas.
If you don’t want cacao to interfere with your sleep, then we don’t recommend more than 1 Tbsp after 2pm.
If you are new to drinking cacao, especially if you aren’t a coffee drinker, then we would recommend starting with 1 Tbsp. Our personal preference is to drink our cacao thick (like a Turkish coffee), so when we prepare a gentle serving we will normally decrease the amount of liquid in this brew. (As a general rule: always start with LESS liquid and add more if your cacao is too thick).
If you want to cosy up with cacao in the evening, then we would also recommend a gentle serve. As you may already know, cacao gives us an energetic boost which is fabulous for the morning and midday, but not ideal if we want to get an early night.
2 Tbsp is our day to day go to. It provides a lovely long lasting boost, but without the jitters. I usually drink 2 Tbsp of cacao every morning (spiced in different ways, according to my mood – check out our earlier post about how to spice/sweeten your cacao).
This amount of cacao can bring enhanced alertness and also kick start creative juices. Often my colleagues will see me on our morning Zoom catch up with cacao in hand, it’s the perfect brew to dust the cobwebs from my eyes and embrace the day with fresh zeal.
What we can say for sure, is to approach a full ceremonial dose with caution. A ceremonial dose cacao is intentionally intended to be felt in the body, particularly for the heart opening effects. We’ve experienced many ceremonies celebrated with the consumption of cacao, and found ourselves too alert for sleep (we took this as an opportunity for more singing and meditation, but this might not be for everyone!)
The invitation is really to experiment for yourself and most importantly, to enjoy it!