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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
277 tasting notes

GCTTB

I was so excited to see this in the box. I’ve read quite a few reviews about it and was really wanting to try it. Whoever added it….thank you, thank you, thank you!

Ok, YUM!!! I let this one steep and then steep some more. I added a splash of creamer and a tiny splat of sweetener. This is just really delicious! Who needs hot cocoa when you got this? Taste is dark chocolate with some nuttiness. I didn’t find those cherry notes, but that’s ok. I’m happy with what I got.

Sil

glad you enjoyed it! :)

scribbles

So good! Thank you :)

TheKesser

What is GCTTB?

Sil

great canadian travelling tea box :)

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
862 tasting notes

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
862 tasting notes

OMG!!!! OMG!!!! Where has this been all my life?!!???
2 tsp in my perfect mug just under boiling for 12 minutes and it is AMAZING. Yes I added a little sweet and a little milk and it’s amazing hot chocolate. It’s not thin, it had a really nice mouth feel.
This one has just a hint of cinnamon and just a hint of coconut – but those are really in the background. This is just chocolatey goodness.
Thank you OMGsrsly for sending this sample my way. I need to find a place to buy some for myself.

Sil

did i send you the maracaibo?

Dexter

No you didn’t….

OMGsrsly

:D I think the sample packs are the most reasonable option online still. It’s available so many places in my hippie town. I could also send you a package if you wanted.

caile

I bought the variety sample pack online which I really liked. I haven’t seen it around in stores but haven’t been out looking. :)

Sil

I can set aside some of the maracaibo then dex. really thought i’d put some in for you.

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
137 tasting notes

It was my daughter’s birthday weekend (my youngest, turning 10!), so while I drank tea, I didn’t find the time to log what I drank.
I will log this, though, since I drank it last night.
Tea Friends have been talking about this, and I just kept on walking by it in the store…and I am so glad that the last time I was shopping, I threw this in my cart.
When I opened the bag, I couldn’t stop smelling… of course it smells good; it’s ground cacao! But, somehow I was surprised at HOW good it smelled. Like those chocolate covered almonds imported from Spain in the cheese shop…. That good. :)
My first cup I used 2tsp and steeped for 10 minutes. It was really good, but I wanted to up the chocolate flavour for my next cup.
3tsp/13 minutes was fantastic…. deep and chocolately. (I know. 3 tsp is a TBS, but I was holding a tsp, so that’s how I’m writing my measurements… haha)
I didn’t get a bitter note with either cup, which is something I was afraid of after reading the reviews, especially since I didn’t want to add anything to this (trying to avoid sugar and dairy right now…).
I’m really glad I have this available as a night time cup! :)

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate

OMGsrsly

It is good steeped in milky stuff on the stove! So if you do almond or coconut milk or something, maybe try that too. :)

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m going to have to try that, because I imagine it’s really delicious. :D

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
875 tasting notes

Thank you to Sil for this sample, that I am only now getting around to trying. And omg I’m glad I did because this is delicious!

Incredibly rich and creamy – not at all watery tasting like I half expect from anything that’s supposed to be a chocolate tea. I thought I was going to have to add milk and sugar to this, but it’s pretty perfect the way it is (though I’m sure it’d be amazing with milk and sugar.)

Smooth, creamy chocolate, with a hint of nuttiness and yes, I can even see the cherry, though it’s subtle enough that I wouldn’t have picked it out without prompting. Not at all bitter.

So tasty. I think I will need to order some of this when my sample is done.

1tsp, 8oz, 96C, 10min.

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Creamy, Nutty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

haha there are a BUNCH of flavours – i think a couple of the girls picked up the sampler…this one i’d just found in a grocery store.

DeliriumsFrogs

I really DO have to buy this. I think it would be perfect for night time.

OMGsrsly

It’s available in a lot of stores here in Vancouver. I still think I prefer Cavalla. :)

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
716 tasting notes

Finishing off the last of this one with my favourite girl. Now my Crio Brüs are down to just Cavalla and Pumpkin Spice. Cavalla will stay, permanently.

This one is tasty, but came out ever so slightly bitter. I just seem to have the problem where I compare them all to the amazingness that is Cavalla. Regardless, I’ve been feeling off tea as of late, and this one is sitting great this afternoon as we sit and sip on tea while researching.

Sil

Yaaaaay! You’re back!

OMGsrsly

Hi! I sent you something, I realllllly hope your address is correct.

Courtney

Eeeep, I’ll send you guys a new address. Shoooot.

OMGsrsly

Uh oh. :( I sent it a week and a bit ago. :/

Courtney

I’m still able to check the mail there, I’ll keep you updated once I make it. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh phew!

whatshesaid

Where ya going?!

Courtney

Nowhere yet! Just moved houses here.

whatshesaid

Ohhh ok :)

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
228 tasting notes

I haven’t had a cup of cocoa in ages; when I was a child, my mom used to make it once in awhile as a treat and although I have drank it as an adult, it has been some time.

This ground cocoa is really fantastic and much more delicious and satisfying than the regular powdered cocoa I have had before – so much chocolate in both smell and taste!! I added a small amount of sugar and milk to my brewed cup and it really was perfectly delicious. I’d say that I can detect subtle coconut but not so much cinnamon.

I brewed 2-3 heaping teaspoons in about 6 ounces boiling water in a brew basket for probably around 15 minutes. Later on I used the grounds again with leftover tea leaves from the morning and it was even more delicious – super chocolate tea!! Very happy with this yummy comforting treat!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

this sounds sooo yummy! and adding the grounds to leftover tea leaves is genius! :D

caile

It was really good! :)
Also, I noticed later that the instruction sheet that came with the cocoa gave examples of re-using the grounds in smoothies, baking, compost(that isn’t pet accessible) and exfoliator for hands.

OMGsrsly

Mmm, I love Crio Bru! My bag doesn’t have those ideas though. Just… put the grounds in a smoothie? I need to try that.

caile

It was on an instruction sheet that came with the order, and listed the examples to show how ‘eco green’ the product is. :)
This is part of what it said – “One of the best ways for you to join Crio in going green is to reuse the used Crio Bru grounds, such as: adding 1-2 tablespoons to a smoothie or protein shake” – I bet it would be yum!

OMGsrsly

Ohh, cool! I bought mine at a local grocer. :) I’ll have to try that. I make a nut-butter-banana smoothie this would be great in.

caile

I bought the sample pack online, which was a good deal especially being able to order in Canada. I am going to keep an eye out for it whenever I go shopping again though.
And that sounds like it would be excellent in your smoothie! I should try and use it in smoothies too – what do you put in your nut butter banana one – sounds healthy and delicious! :)

OMGsrsly

1/2 frozen banana, 1 tbsp whatever nut butter you like, pinch of salt (if unsalted nuts), dash vanilla, 1-ish cup milky stuff of choice, and sometimes chocolate chips. :D

caile

Ahh, sounds good! I’m going to make this for sure! I seem to only make plain fruit smoothies and never think to change it up – the Crio grounds will be a perfect addition I think.

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drank Vega Reál by Crio Bru
2368 tasting notes

Now that I have the Breville milk cafe, I decided to try a new prep technique for crio bru. I took 16 oz of milk and topped it off with 2 tbsps of “leaf” and just let the frother do it’s thing. However, as I watched, it just didn’t appear to be blending as much and I feared it would be too weak so I added another tbsp. unfortunately, the crio bru and milk blended way better than expected so the last tbsp really pushed this over from rich chocolate to almost bitter cocoa. If I had to compare it to a chocolate bar, it would have to be at least 80% cocoa and that’s just not what I was hoping for today. Oh well…

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
552 tasting notes

Infused for 8 minutes but I have been advised to try a longer infusion for next time (10 to 20 minutes). I used 1.5 tbsp for 375 ml.

Brewed infusion smells like dark hot chocolate. Flavour is quite dilute but I think the longer infusion time will give a better representation of the actual flavour.

Thanks Sil for sharing with me!

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
whatshesaid

I’ve actually left it for half an hour….sooooooooo good ;)

OMGsrsly

Also, gently simmering it on the stove in some sort of milk, then straining it into a mug. Just don’t use paper, as the fine bits of chocolate will clog it!

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
676 tasting notes

From the SSTTB2…following the directions on the package to use 1tsp to 1tbsp and steep 5-30 minutes, I opted somewhere in the middle. I used 2 heaping tsp and steeped about 15 minutes. I did add a touch of coconut sugar and milk to this. It’s way better than the HI stuff I tried a while back. This is still thin, but it feels and tastes creamier and richer. I’m glad I could try this!

Preparation
8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
972 tasting notes

Ooh, another Crio Brü cacao beverage! This sample came from Sil, and she was kind enough to send me two servings worth. I’m going to try the first serving with the traditional method of using plain water for steeping. I think I may try vanilla soy milk for the second. Dry, the powder smells sweet and chocolaty with some vanilla notes. I steeped it for 10 minutes in a brew basket.

These are always a bit too bitter for me plain, so I added a bit of raw sugar and a splash of soy milk to my cup. I can definitely taste the caramelized nut flavor listed in the description, and perhaps a tiny bit of vanilla? I’m definitely not getting cherry. Otherwise, it’s a lovely rich and thick cup of cocoa love. Can’t wait to try this with the soy milk. :)

Flavors: Cocoa, Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 6 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Vega Reál by Crio Bru
2931 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Yum yum. I did quite enjoy this cup of hot chocolate/pretend tea. Thanks again VariaTea!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Vega Reál by Crio Bru
2931 tasting notes

I have a stomachache :( Or maybe I’m just hungry. It’s tough to tell sometimes.

Either way, this was a nice tasty cup of chocolate for today, thanks VariaTea! A bit of bitterness, so probably middling between the smooth one and the more bitter one (names escaping me; I will have to look up both names and ratings later). Really fond of these ‘teas’, though I admit I kind of want some sweetener in them to make it more decadent… I might try and make some into an eggnog latte later tonight if I do indeed pick up eggnog with my groceries.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Oooh these as an eggnog latte would probably be awesome. And as much as I enjoy them, I could see how sweetner could really make them something special. Perhaps I will have to try that…

Kittenna

I don’t even think much sweetener is needed. Just a bit to take the edge off (although Maracaibo, or whichever one it was that was the least bitter, would require even less). Probably no milk needed, because they taste pretty creamy to me.

Cameron B.

I added a little bit of sugar to mine when I tried Cavalla. :)

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
87 tasting notes

SSTTB take 2!

This one befuddled me when I opened the box. Hot chocolate powder? Mixed with cacao nibs and cinnamon bark? WTF? And a note very boldly stating NO paper filters? Well then. Tea Frens – HALP! haha

Threw a tablespoon of “leaf” in a steeper basket and let it steep for about 13 minutes (aka the time it took me to shower and shave, haha).

Oh. Em. Gee. Dark chocolate explosion!!!! The cinnamon takes a backseat and offers a bit of a tingle on the tail end of the dark chocolate goodness. Mmmm, reminds me of the chocolate my sister brought me back from her trip to Ecuador a few years ago!

This is actually a fascinating “tea” and I’d be interested in trying some of the other types if it weren’t for the fact that Herbal Infusions is terrible. I wonder if I could find it anywhere else…..?

Thank you SSTTB frens for the chance to try such a unique cuppa!

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

OMGsrsly

Ahahaha… :D Yeah, it’s ground cacao nibs, basically.

Indigobloom

That does sound tasty. Noms.

Kittenna

This isn’t from HI – it’s from Crio Bru – so you’re in the clear! It’s the cacao shells that are from HI, and I believe Sil (or someone) found an alternate source, since it’s not a blend or anything.

Afro Dj Yak

Do yourself a favor and try the Maya. Oh. Em. Gee as you would say. So good. The cayenne and the cinnamon and the dark chocolate and I’m drinking it and nobody talk to me because my mind is bending!

OMGsrsly

Oh yeah, this is Crio Bru. The sample packs online are a good deal, and then I’ve found it at Whole Foods, as well as a lot of the more “natural foods” grocery stores here. So good.

Bear With Me

Sweet! I just assumed that all cacao teas were HI, based on what I’ve heard/read. Glad this one isn’t, I need to get my paws on some! haha

OMGsrsly

The cacao that HI and some other places sell is the shells. This is just ground beans. Pre-chocolate, if you will. :)

Amariel

I’m gonna try this tonight!

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
972 tasting notes

This one came from mj, and I’ve had it for a little while. Tonight I was craving some hot chocolate, so I thought I’d give it a try! Dry, it looks like a course milk chocolate-colored sand. It’s a mixture of larger, darker, flaky pieces with smaller, lighter, more powdery looking granules. Dry, it smells amazing, just like hot chocolate. I let my cup steep for 10 minutes.

Whew, this is rather intense. It’s definitely strong dark chocolate flavor, but I had a hard time drinking it straight, so I added some sugar to my cup. I would be curious to see how this comes out if you try to steep it in soy milk instead of water (I have a sample of Maracaibo so I may have to try that). I can definitely taste a touch of cinnamon warmth. I’m unsure whether I can taste coconut, but I have a feeling the flavor notes described on the different varieties will be hard to find unless they’re all tasted beside each other. Overall, a good substitute for hot chocolate, but since I added sugar to mine anyway I don’t suppose it’s any better for me. :P

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 6 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
2931 tasting notes

Sample #3 from VariaTea! I think this may be less bitter than Cavalla – it tastes like liquefied dark chocolate chips. Maybe… 70%? With a bit of sweetener? Or perhaps semisweet (but less sweet than those, by far). Definitely creamy too. I should really do that side-by-side once I’ve had a mug of each… drinking them a couple days apart makes it pretty difficult to form any real conclusions.

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drank Maya by Crio Bru
2931 tasting notes

Another Crio Bru sample from VariaTea! Because I wanted to kind of see how a couple stacked up to one another… but I guess I should have paid more attention so I didn’t select the one with cayenne. Oops. Can’t really compare when there are additives in one and not the other. Anyhow, I like this one too. I can definitely taste the cayenne, but it’s just spicy enough to have a kick, but not to be annoying (I dislike when spice builds up in my mouth and I can’t keep drinking/eating something because of it). Again, creamy and rich chocolate flavour as well. I have no idea which of these two I like better (Cavalla or Maya) but I’d probably stick with unadultered, most likely, since I can always add a pinch of cayenne myself. Thanks so much VariaTea :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

I’m glad you’re enjoying these. I think Maracaibo is my favorite but all are nice.

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
2931 tasting notes

Sipdown! 988. This is definitely somewhat bitter, though still tasty. Pretty sure I prefer the other (less-bitter) ones, though I really need to try the last one (two?) before being certain. Thanks again VariaTea!

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
2931 tasting notes

Thank you VariaTea, for making a crappy day a bit better with your package of delicious teas and cacao :D

Brewed this one up first (I don’t know if I’ll bother with side-by-sides – it seems like effort and I don’t feel like putting much in right now), and am very pleased with the results. I used 1 tbsp for about 8 oz. of boiling water, and left it for…. a while. Not really sure how long. But the result is very rich, dark, creamy, and much like hot chocolate without the sugar. It’s a touch bitter, but less so than I would have expected. Overall, pretty tasty, and I’m excited to try the others.

Preparation
3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cavalla French Roast by Crio Bru
2368 tasting notes

This stuff is good – rich and creamy. However, when I steeped this I think I was in the mood for a sweet hot chocolate type treat and this is a bit more grown up and dark chocolate-esque.

QueenOfTarts

Mmm. This sounds tasty!

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Well, this is the last of the Crio Bru blends from VariaTEA. They were a little hit or miss for me, though as a whole I found them more enjoyable than Cacao from Herbal Infusions. Still not sure if there were any I’d purchase though.

This one wasn’t super exceptional to me; it came off as very bitter, and I definitely picked up on the cinnamon in it – I just don’t really care for cinnamon so that was a downside.

Less than impressed.

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drank Cavalla French Roast by Crio Bru
1766 tasting notes

Backlog; Thank you VariaTEA! I really enjoyed this last night, even though I expected the vanilla to be a little stronger. It was just perfect with a dash of milk.

My kid was pretty sure it was for her, so I guess next time I’ll have to make enough to share.

Cavocorax

Oh, and they have a pumpkin spice one: http://www.criobru.ca/pumpkin-spice-winter-blend/ I’m getting closer to being able to justify a little order!

Fjellrev

OMG this stuff sounds awesome. I’m going to have to get some too. Did you just use a coffee maker?

OMGsrsly

OH MY GOODNESS, I didn’t need to know about that. Must. Resist… :)

Cavocorax

I would try it if I had one because it’s SO THICK. I steeped it in my metal cup from Davids and it looks very sludgy at the end of the steep. But it’s tasty. And with milk it’s very close to hot chocolate!

Fjellrev

Wow, thanks for the review! What an interesting concept.

OMGsrsly

Sometimes I use a french press, sometimes I use a steeping cup. Works both ways, really. The packaging says to not use paper filters, and I will, umm, agree with that.

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drank Coca River by Crio Bru
2707 tasting notes

Sipdown (112)!

Thanks VariaTEA for the sample! I’ve been having these Crio Bru blends later at night to kind of wind down to and because they’re caffeine free but since I started the morning with a large brew of something caffeinated and another hot cup of mate I figured I needed something caffeine free to sort of juxtapose between the two.

This was really good; the chocolate taste was strong and very clear. I want to say it was a little less “thick” tasting and less creamy than some of the other blends – but not in a way that lessened the richness of it. It was just different and had a little bit of contrast. As for the “natural notes” present in this one – I absolutely did not get any blackberry (which seems very weird to have naturally occur in chocolate/cocoa) and I didn’t think too much about the green banana when I was having it but doing so now I can kinda see how what I was tasting could be compared to that flavour, it is a little bit of a stretch though.

Both Courtney and VariaTEA have written notes on this so far and have mentioned some bitterness; but contrary to their experience I did not find this to have any bitterness to it. I did, however, think there was a little bit of natural oilyness to it though, which I don’t think either of them brought up or experienced.

Decent overall; wouldn’t stock but would likely drink again.

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
2707 tasting notes

Sipdown (128)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! So far, this is the Crio Bru blend I’ve enjoyed the most. To me, it came off a thicker and richer, and as for the “extra” flavour notes in this one (cherry, caramel, nuts) I feel like I at least picked up on a couple of them; primarily the caramel sweetness, but also a little bit of the nuttiness. No cherry though.

It’s kinda nice these Crio Bru blends aren’t all coming off as exactly the same, though.

Also, I just finished the first episode of Australian Big Brother, and I have to say that I’m a fan so far! It’s really weird watching a different format though – and I don’t mean that they’re playing in pairs. But, what’s weird for me is that they just handed someone the HOH title – there was no competition for it, and that totally messed with my mind.

And, the girl from last night (Tre’s date) – she’s here again. So, things going well I’d say.

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