Cavalla

Tea type
Herbal Tea
Ingredients
Cocoa
Flavors
Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Bitter, Cinnamon, Dark Bittersweet, Chocolate
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Caffeine
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Boiling 8 min or more 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • OMG!!!! OMG!!!! Where has this been all my life?!!??? 2 tsp in my perfect mug just under boiling for 12 minutes and it is Read full tasting note
    Dexter 858 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...” Read full tasting note
    deliriumsfrogs 136 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...” Read full tasting note
    caile 226 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...” Read full tasting note
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From Crio Bru

Premium roasted cocoa with natural hints of coconut and cinnamon

Winding along its western front, the Cavalla™ River gives shape to the exotic Ivory Coast. The surrounding agricultural area is dotted with small, family-owned farms that produce the very best African cacao. The dark, earthy-toned beans are carefully handpicked and dried naturally by the sun to enhance the full-bodied chocolate flavor, which hints of dark spice, coconut and cinnamon. These incredible natural flavors come to life when you brew a cup of Cavalla™, made from 100% pure, perfectly roasted cocoa beans.

Crio Bru is made from roasted cocoa beans.

2 tbsp per 177ml/6oz cup, brew long (6-12 min) or mix with coffee (or tea!). No paper filters as they will clog.

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858 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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136 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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226 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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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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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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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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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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Sipdown (127)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I think, out of the three I’ve had so far, this is my least favourite Crio Bru blend thus far – it was chocolate-y but it was also quite bitter, and I was surprised when I looked it up here on Steepster because apparently it’s supposed be cinnamon/coconut and I definitely didn’t get either of those things.

So far Vega Real is my favourite, but I’ve got a few more to try so who knows, right?

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

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2344 tasting notes

This is much lighter and creamier in comparison to Coca River. It still tastes like dark chocolate but the bitterness is far less prominent. I don’t necessarily detect coconut like Courtney did but it is certainly enjoyable nonetheless.

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In my comparison this evening with Coca River, I can totally get the coconut in this awesome cuppa now. It adds to the creaminess, and is ever so subtle, but it’s there.

Perhaps that’s why I’ve been reaching for this one the most.

VariaTEA

I think tomorrow after work, I will start doing comparisons of these teas. I will be sure to watch for the creaminess in this one and the bitterness in Coca River

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