Dominican Republic (Light Roast)/Vega Reál

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From Crio Bru

with flavor notes of strawberries and citrus found naturally in premium cocoa beans from Dominican Republic.

Described as paradise by Christopher Columbus, the Vega Reál is one of the most fertile valleys in the Dominican Republic. Translated as “Royal Meadow,” this lush, tropical garden found in the mountain highlands nurtures the finest cacao plants. The earthy-toned beans are harvested at the peak of freshness and then crafted to reveal a luxurious, complex flavor that hints of red berries and dark spice with a wonderful cocoa aroma. These incredible natural flavors come to life when you brew a cup of Vega Reál, made from 100% pure, perfectly roasted cocoa beans.

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This seems more bitter and less chocolatey than the Ghana Light Roast/Cavalla that I’ve had before, but it also seems a bit richer. It was more like baking chocolate than the milder dark chocolate I prefer It’s best in a blend. I tried it with a bag of Celestial Seasoning’s Roastaroma and some milk and it was bitter, but also quite rich. I also tried it with a Strawberry Rose tea and that was a glorious combination.

Flavors: Bitter, Dark Chocolate

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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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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.

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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…


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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Thank you VariaTEA for all the Crio Bru samples!

I’ve begun to dabble with them, and so far I think I definitely like them better than Cacao from Herbal Infusions. These seem to be a bit richer in flavour. But how much am I supposed to be using? I looked up what Crio Bru recommends on their site and it was something like 2 tbsp.!? That’s a lot. So I went with 1 tbsp. which still felt excessive to me, but I guess it yielded a nice cup.

It was chocolately, that’s for sure. This specific one (I just grabbed the first sample in VariaTEA’s package to try first) is supposed to have “Citrus and Strawberry” notes in it. Like, notes naturally found in the cacao. I didn’t get that – I just got a nice cup of hot chocolate type stuff, so I guess HI might have the upper hand in that department. I don’t know; we’ll see how I feel about the other blends I suppose.

Flavors: Chocolate

Cameron B.

Jelly! :)


I find that steeping longer = less grounds/leaves are needed. So I use 1 (heaping) tbsp per 16 oz cup, cover it with a tea towel (uhh, I need a cozy!) and steep 15-20 minutes. I just haven’t been logging it. :)

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I had a pretty shit day at work and all I wanted was a cup of comfort this evening, something funny to watch, and to turn in early.

I decided to brew up this one and compare it to Cavalla, which I also have next to me now. Cavalla has become my comparison of choice for my Crio Brüs just because. The Vega is fairing better than Coco River in that there is no bitterness, but I don’t know that I’m getting any strawberry or citrus notes, it generally just feels a bit thinner than the Cavalla.

I still really enjoy this one though.

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