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Crio Bru Ground Cocoa Beans, Vega Real, 12 Ounce

4.4 out of 5 stars 306 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • Bright with hints of citrus and an acidic finish, Vega Real is made from premium cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic
  • Crio Bru is made from a single ingredient, premium cocoa beans sourced from all over the world and then perfectly roasted and ground to bring out a deep, rich, unique flavor
  • Brews right in your coffee maker or French press, just like ground coffee
  • Contains small amounts of caffeine as well as theobromine, a natural, healthy stimulant that provides longer lasting and more gradual energy than caffeine
  • 0 sugar, 0 fat, just 10 calories, and up to 4x the amount of antioxidants of coffee per serving

Product Description

Flavor: Vega Real

Crio Brü is brewed drink made from 100% cacao beans (also known as cocoa beans), roasted to perfection. Named after the most prized of cacao beans, the Criollo, Crio Brü will astound your taste buds with its complex chocolaty flavors and subtle aromas which come right from the cacao bean itself! It is 100% natural and 100% pure. Crio Brü is the ultimate superfood. It is low in calories and contains no sugar, no fat, no dairy, no sodium, no cholesterol and practically no caffeine, yet is extremely high in antioxidants, theobromine and a host of other vitamins and minerals. Crio Brü is both a new drink and an ancient one. Ka'kao was an everyday drink of the kings and peoples of the great Incas, Mayans, Olmecs and Aztecs for hundreds of years, but was changed when the Old World met the New. The incredible health properties of cacao are currently lost in the process of making modern chocolate, but with Crio Brü, they are preserved.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B005HW44LW
  • UPC: 837654372135
  • Item model number: 285197
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,297 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)

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Flavor Name: Cavalla Ivory Coast
This is not sugary sweet hot chocolate, nor is it supposed to be. It has a little bite. We like to call it hot cocoa for grown ups. I love to drink mine with Almond Joy creamer, or Cold Stone Creamery's Sweet Cream creamer. One of my daughters likes vanilla creamer, and another likes to drink it almost black. Nice, warm, rich comfort beverage alternative to coffee. Tastes best when brewed in a French press. I just have a cheap 32 oz press that I got here on Amazon, but it is so much better than using an electric coffee maker. Also be aware, it is not going to brew as dark as coffee. That threw me off at first, but don't let the light color fool you! It has a lot of flavor.

Edit: If you use a French press, let it brew/steep for 12 minutes before pressing. I wrap my press in a dish towel to hold the heat in. For me personally, (each person will be different, so test for yourself) when I use a French press, I only use one rounded tablespoon per 6 oz of water as opposed to two tablespoons. If this is not strong enough for you, go with the two tablespoons. Also, I have recently discovered that I actually prefer it cold, so I brew up enough to fill a pitcher in the fridge, and drink on it for a few days.
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Flavor Name: Vega Real Verified Purchase
If you're looking for a sweet hot cocoa this probably isn't the product for you. If you are a true dark chocolate lover in a every sense of the word this is a must have! I wasn't sure what to expect at first and I must admit I still wasn't sure about it taking my first few sips but it didn't take long before I was hooked! I drink it unsweetened but you can add sugar or substitute if you'd like. The best part about it is that it kills my chocolate cravings!! I'm such a junk-food-aholic at night so I drink a cup or two after dinner and late at night and have NO desire to shove candy bars and cupcakes down my throat. It's extremely high in antioxidants and very low in calories. It's pure chocolate and it just makes you feel good.
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Flavor Name: Vega Real Verified Purchase
I am having a love affair with Crio Bru Vega Real. I have brewed myself a 32oz French press of coffee every morning for the past 20 years. I drink my coffee black and my favorite beans come from East Africa/Arabia, specifically Kenya and Yemen. I don't wake up needing my "coffee fix" and I don't drink coffee if I am not at home and great coffee isn't available, but it is a ritual for me and I could never have imagined living without it. But as I got older, I started having some health issues (hypothyroid, adrenal burnout) and I knew that the best medicine would come from cleaning up my overall diet -- and this meant I had to consider eliminating my morning coffee. I love tea of all kinds...but there is no tea that can come close to the experience of an incredible cup of coffee! Enter Crio Bru. After doing my research and reading reviews, I had high expectations. I can honestly say the Crio Bru EXCEEDED my expectations. I brewed up my first French press (using 2 heaping tablespoons to 6oz of water and steeping for 12 minutes), poured myself a steaming mug, and was immediately hit with the rich, thick, dark chocolate aroma of this incredible elixir. The more you continue to drink it, the more you appreciate the complexity of the beverage. It is pure magic! My husband prefers it with cream, but he also adds cream to his coffee. I completely enjoy it black, but I can imagine that if you are one who prefers a milky sweetness to your chocolate, cream and sugar would transform this beverage into a decadent dessert. Best of all, Crio Bru is actually less expensive pound for pound than good quality coffee! And if you buy it in bulk (6-12oz bags) the price drops from $15/bag to $10/bag, which translates to just $2/32oz French press or just $.35/cup. I am beyond thrilled to have found this product! Thank you Amazon and thank you to all of the previous reviewers for encouraging me to give this a try.
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Flavor Name: Cavalla Ivory Coast Verified Purchase
Cavalla is my all time favorite!!! I love this drink. I have tried the other Crio Bru products, but this one is the one for me. It reminds me of home in the Philippines. I have been drinking this type of drink since I was little and when I found out that they do have something like this available in the US, I was excited. It brings back memories! Back home we call the drink as "sikwati" and it is our sort of "coffee" in the morning. When my grandma was alive she would make some homemade ground up cacao beans and it smells and tastes so good. This Cavalla reminds me of that. Sweet, smooth, great smelling and great tasting freshly brewed cacao beans in the morning is what I want. A must try if you hadn't already.

For those who haven't tried and wondering what the taste is like. It tastes really good and chocolate-y. Well, of course, it is where chocolate comes from anyway. Yes, it is gritty and for some they might not like it, but I do. It might take some getting used to. Once you brewed your ground up cacao beans, you will see some oils in your drink, which is normal. It is from the oils of the beans and it is safe to drink. I save up my grounds and throw them in my garden. I am sure you can find other ways to use it with like to use it to exfoliate your skin, and some mixes it with their smoothies, etc. Anyway, it is a great tasting drink and I love it! I don't drink coffee and I don't like to drink hot chocolate all the time either (only once in a blue moon) so this is my healthy choice.
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