Where is Cacao from?
Cacao is widely grown throughout Central and South America as well as Africa and parts of Southeast Asia. They have been globally consumed for close to 3000 years.
What is a Cacao Nib?
Cacao nibs are simply roasted and dried pieces of brown cacao beans. Ironically, they look almost identical to coffee beans in color, size, and shape.
While cacao nibs have a bitter, chocolatey flavor, coffee beans are extremely hard and leave a bitter aftertaste without the savory chocolate flavor.
In fact, Javazen was founded with this discovery. Our CEO, Eric Golman, was in college and started to eat cacao nibs instead of chocolate bars with added sugars and other unhealthy ingredients. He then started adding the cacao nibs to his coffee for a healthier caffeine buzz.
Cacao contains a compound called theobromine. Theobromine is a relative of caffeine, but is a much more gentle stimulant. This is part of what makes Javazen more zen and counteract the jittery effect of plain coffee.
When brewing cacao with coffee, healthy and savory oils are extracted which results in a smooth and balanced flavor so that you don’t need any cream or sugars.
Cacao is a great great source of antioxidants and magnesium.Fun Fact: Did you know that the scientific name of Cacao is Theobroma Cacao, which translates to Food of the Gods?