What is ceremonial cocoa?

Ceremonial cocoa is real, 100%, non-skimmed cocoa in the form of cocoa paste. Ceremonial cocoa comes only from native varieties of cocoa trees, i.e. those original, primary kinds that have not been changed in any way by humans. On top of that, they must be cultivated in a sustainable way, with the right intention and the respect due to Mother Nature and the people who tend them.

Ceremonial Cocoa is made from fermented beans, roasted in the sun and ground into a paste.

What are the differences between different types of cocoa?

Different types of cocoa differ in taste and effect. How cocoa affects us and how we like it is a very individual matter. When you buy cocoa for the first time it is best to read the product description, read the opinions on our Facebook site, and try to feel and choose the kind that attracts you the most. You can also simply us a message – we’ll be glad to advise you.

And don’t forget - the best way to find your favorite is to test the various brands.

How to prepare cocoa?

Crush the paste (c. 25g) and add to a pot of cold water or plant milk (250ml). Heat over low heat while stirring, until fully dissolved. You can blend it for a creamier and velvety texture.

What is the optimal dose?

Each of us has a different sensitivity. With cocoa, it's important to listen to your body and discover what dose is best for you. Each cup you drink gives you a better understanding of when and how much cocoa to use.

There are no known health risks of cocoa overdose. To avoid headaches, drink plenty of water.

  • 10-25 grams - daily/delicate portion. This is the amount I drink during the day or in the morning instead of coffee
  • 25-35 grams - medium portion. This is the amount I drink when I want to practice yoga, go for a walk, do some creative work, meditate or while meeting friends.
  • 40-50 grams - ceremonial portion. This is the amount I serve at cocoa ceremonies.
How to store cocoa?

For best results, store cocoa at room temperature in an airtight container, in a dry place.
We do not recommend keeping cocoa in the refrigerator.

What is the difference between ceremonial cocoa paste and commercial cocoa powder?

Vast majority of cocoa available in stores is a skimmed product (free of cocoa butter), processed at high temperatures, which precipitates most of the nutrients and minerals in the grain are precipitated. It is also often treated with sugar and animal proteins.

Ceremonial cocoa is pure non-skimmed cocoa paste, without any additives, containing all the properties of natural cocoa beans.

What is the difference between cocoa blocks and cocoa flakes?

Basically there is no difference. When cocoa is ground into a paste, it becomes liquid and can take any shape, depending on the mold used.

Can I drink cocoa during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

Yes, if there are no contraindications from your GP, you can drink ceremonial cocoa during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Apart from its nutritional value, cocoa is rich in vitamins and minerals, has a positive effect on body and emotions, and helps rebuild strength after childbirth. Its natural antidepressant effects may help combat the symptoms of postpartum depression.

Note, however, that we recommend using smaller doses of cocoa during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Cocoa contains trace amounts of caffeine and theobromine, which have a mildly stimulating effect.

In case of doubts, consult your GP.

Can children drink ceremonial cocoa?

Absolutely yes! However, keep the dosage relatively small (c. 10 g).

Can cocoa serve as an alternative to coffee?

Yes, cocoa is a great substitute for coffee. We have received a lot of feedback from our customers about how replacing the morning coffee with a cup of cocoa had a great impact on their entire day.

The theobromine in cocoa is a much milder stimulant than caffeine; thus, energy levels after cocoa increase more slowly and last much longer.

What’s more, caffeine is an alkaloid that acts on the nervous system, which may cause, for instance, body tremors. Theobromine affects the cardiovascular system and increases the flow of blood to the body and brain. What follows, a cup coffee may cause a rapid burst of energy and an equally sudden drop. Cocoa, in contrast, sharpens the senses, fosters concentration, and increases energy – all in a natural and stable way.

How often can I drink cocoa?

It is safe to drink cocoa even every day (smaller daily portion). We recommend drinking the ceremonial portion once in a while (at least a few days apart). In fact, it is best to let your body guide you and determine the usage for yourself, basing on your individual needs and feelings.

When drinking cocoa every day, it is good to take a break from time to time to experience what it is like without it. As a rule, it is always recommended to take an occasional break from plants/foods that have an effect on us.

Does cocoa have any side effects? Are there any contraindications to its use?

To fully enjoy the pleasure of drinking cocoa, remember the following:

  • Depending on how sensitive your stomach is and what you've eaten before, large amounts of cocoa can make your stomach feel heavy. Therefore, when drinking cocoa, it is important to avoid overeating, have light meals, and preferably not eat anything 1-2 hours before drinking the ceremonial portion. Find out for yourself what dose is most pleasant for you and good for your tummy.
  • Cocoa is slightly dehydrating, so it is important to drink water.
  • Usage of MAOI/SSRI-based antidepressants may be a contraindication to the use of cocoa/chocolate. In this case, we recommend a lower dose.

Cocoa itself acts as a gentle, natural antidepressant.