My friend Jill recently introduced me to Choffy and I have to say–where has it been all my life?
Like coffee, Choffy has a rich, robust flavor and is brewed from roasted beans, but unlike coffee, Choffy is made from cacao (cocoa) beans, the source of chocolate. But unlike hot chocolate, there’s no dairy and no refined sugars to worry about.
The “Drink Choffy” website lists the following health benefits to sipping down the brew:
- An 8-oz mug of Choffy has more antioxidants than almost 2 servings of blueberries
- It contains the stimulant theobromine, which dilates the cardiovascular system making the heart’s job easier
- Theobromine is a myocardial stimulant as well as a vasodilator; it increases heartbeat, yet it also dilates blood vessels, causing a reduced blood pressure and greater blood circulation
- The abundance of Flavanols in cocoa activate Nitric Oxide in the blood helping to prevent vascular disease
- Cacao contains the bliss chemicals phenylethylamine (PEA) and anandamide, helping us feel alert, focused and more positive
- No crash, jitters, or negative side effects
So it’s great for you, but how does it taste? I should preface my opinion by stating that I don’t care for coffee because it’s too bitter for me. I’m more of a hot chocolate drinker myself. Choffy, too, tastes rich, dark, and a little bitter by itself. Once I added a splash of Silk coconut milk and a few drops of liquid vanilla stevia, though–yummy! Totally delicious! Like pricey hot chocolate without the fat and guilt.
I don’t have a french press–which is the preferred method of steeping Choffy–so I used a special mug I have for steeping loose tea, and it worked well. I imagine tea strainers and infusers would substitute well for a french press.
For anyone looking for an alternative hot drink to start their day, give Choffy a try!