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    I think this stuff needs its own thread. Paleobird has turned a lot of us on to Crio Bru. I just got some myself. Oh my god! It's amazing! It is like coffee but instead of coffee beans it is roasted chocolate beans. It has this wonderful magical flavor not anything at all like hot cocoa. It is bitter like coffee. I just made a really strong cup of it with a generous portion of cream and it's the most heavenly hot drink ever. I can't wait to try using the grounds for something, too.

    Crio Brü and Crio Beans are Rich in Antioxidants, Minerals and Natural Energy - Healthy Chocolate for Healthy Living
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

  • #2
    I saw discussion about this in other threads and am glad you started this one. Thank you.

    I glanced at the Crio Bru website and it states that the end-product is very low calorie, similar to coffee. This doesn't make sense to me because it's just whole ground cocoa seeds right? If so, it seems that it would be quite high in fat, similar to 100%/baking chocolate. Guess I need to do more reading.

    I did a little more reading. Maybe Crio Bru is not deshelled as almost all chocolate used in other products is. So that could explain the low calories. Think sunflower seeds in the shell versus just the kernels.
    Last edited by yodiewan; 08-31-2012, 07:18 AM.

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    • #3
      Tasty stuff...
      Started Whole30 December 31, 2011
      Integrated Leptin Reset/Jack Kruse plan Jan 13, 2012
      Starting Weight: 174.8
      CW:160.0 lbs

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      • #4
        Crio bru is exactly like coffee. They take the whole cocoa bean and roast it like you roast coffee. I guess you can't just roast it at home because it will catch fire or something. But they've found a process to roast the beans like coffee. It's ground very coarse and it's dry. It's not a powder. You steep it in a french press or you can use a drip coffeemaker. You need a significant amount of time for the hot water to be in contact for the rich flavors to come out. Then it's semi-clear like tea or coffee with a richness like coffee. I made mine this morning with a generous portion of warmed and frothed cream. It was bitter and unsweetened like coffee but had all the overtones of a fine dark chocolate and even other overtones that were better than a chocolate bar.

        Apparently you can save the grounds and cook with them. You can grind the grounds up so they are smooth and then put them in baked goods, smoothies or other recipes. I was thinking they'd be good in those chocolate muffin mug cakes I sometimes make. I was also thinking of making a sort of chicken mole using the grounds, chiles in adobo sauce and chicken. Use that for burrito bowls.
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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        • #5
          Very interesting, I'll have to give this a try. Always looking for a new wacky thing to consume that raises eyebrows and requires a 20 minute explanation!

          Amazing how many people have never heard of kombucha.

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          • #6
            I found this and bought some.

            Chocolate Alchemy - Brewing Cocoa

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            • #7
              can't get crio bru in the uk

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              • #8
                I can't believe i've never heard of this beverage I checked the website, and they carry it at our New Frontiers here in San Luis Obispo!!!! I may have to pick some up on my way home from work today.

                Whats the difference between the "bru" and the "beans"?

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                • #9
                  I've seen the price of cocoa beans. Just guessing, but a pound of this stuff is probably double my weekly grocery budget.
                  Crohn's, doing SCD

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                  • #10
                    $16 for 12oz on Amazon. That's about 4 times as expensive per ounce as the organic coffee I get at Costco.
                    Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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                    • #11
                      It is expensive, however it is a very special treat. And you can use the grounds after, so that further stretches the price. Anyway, I am not the expert on it. So far I've had a grand total of two cups. I encourage people to look it up online. There are other brands. Choffy is one. Drink Choffy – Healthy and Delicious Brewed Chocolate Here's another: Chocolate Alchemy » Brewing Cocoa So do your own research if you are interested in trying something like this.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • #12
                        I've been turned on to Crio Bru, also! I use a fine-mesh tea leaf infuser to make a cup at a time; I don't drink coffee, and the coffee pot I have is very cheap and doesn't do a good job with the Crio Bru. I let the grounds steep for at least 5 minutes, sometimes longer, and it's never bitter. It's just totally NOT sweet chocolate drink and it's wonderful!

                        I've put the (used) grounds in homemade coconut milk ice cream and it makes a bittersweet chocolate chip ice cream! Very yummy!

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                        • #13
                          Hi SB,
                          I'm glad you started this thread. This is a product that needs to be shared with the world. So much yumminess in one cup.

                          I contacted the Crio Bru company via email and told them about the buzz about their product here on MDA and suggested that they might want to contact Mark about becoming one of the sponsors/product presenters at PrimalCon next year. They wrote back thanked me for the idea and said that they have reached out to Mark and are waiting to hear back. I think if Mark just tasted some of this he would fall head over heals in love too.

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                          • #14
                            Does anyone know how the beans are actually treated? Traditionally, cocoa beans are fermented, which changes the anti-nutritional profile. What about these?
                            Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                            Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                            • #15
                              Well, we MUST get Mark to try it. We must get Crio Bru to take over the universe.
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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