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Cocoa Bean & Agnus Castus

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Using volcanic organic cocoa beans sustainably and ethically sourced from Grenada and wild agnus castus foraged from Armenia, we have created a delicately fiery chocolate blend. We have carefully sourced and blended our ingredients to ensure each sip has the best flavour and health benefits. The warming, delicately peppery and hemp-esque notes of our wild agnus castus pair fantastically with the refined and lingering notes of dark chocolate of our cocoa beans. Neither fully chocolate, nor agnus castus in taste, this gentle cocoa blend lights a flame in your soul.

Delivery time 1-5 working days

  • Cocoa beans seeds possessed so much value, that they were used as a form of currency. One bean could be traded for a tamale, while 100 beans could purchase a good turkey hen, according to a 16th-century Aztec document. Originally prepared in drink form, 'chocolate' was served as a bitter liquid, mixed with spices or corn puree shared during religious ceremonies. Both the Mayans and Aztecs believed the cacao bean had magical, or even divine, properties, suitable for use in the most sacred rituals of birth, marriage and death. It was believed to be an aphrodisiac and to give the drinker strength. Today, such drinks are also known as 'Chilate' and are made by locals in the South of Mexico. After its arrival to Europe in the sixteenth century, sugar was added to it and it became popular throughout society, first among the ruling classes and then among the common people. In 1828, a Dutch chemist found a way to make powdered chocolate by removing about half the natural fat (cacao butter) from chocolate liquor, pulverising what remained and treating the mixture with alkaline salts to cut the bitter taste. His product became known as 'Dutch cocoa', and it soon led to the creation of solid chocolate. The creation of the first modern chocolate bar is credited to Joseph Fry, who in 1847 discovered that he could make a mouldable chocolate paste by adding melted cacao butter back into Dutch cocoa.
  • Weight: Caddy 150g, Caddy Refill Pouch 150g

    Ingredients: Organic Cocoa Bean (Husks & Nibs) & Wild Agnus Castus Berries

    Harvest date: June 2020 & August – September 2019

    Growth & Production Method: Organic, Wildcrafted

    Country of Origin: Grenada, Armenia

    Health Benefits: Anti diabetic, Anti microbial, Antioxidant, Anti inflammatory, Circulatory system, Dental, Feminine Health, Vitamines & Minerals

    A delicately fiery chocolate blend, we have carefully sourced and blended our ingredients to ensure each sip has the best flavour and health benefits. The warming, delicately peppery and hemp-esque notes of our wild agnus castus pair fantastically with the refined and lingering notes of dark chocolate of our cocoa beans. Neither fully chocolate, nor agnus castus in taste, this gentle cocoa blend lights a flame in your soul. Cocoa beans contain a small amount of caffeine.

    Please note the pouches are not airtight, and therefore once opened, your tisane should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and strong odours. We do not recommend glass, plastic and paper containers.

    Medical disclaimer

    Any noted health benefits of our herbal infusions are from traditional medicine and should not be used to prevent or cure any disease. Do not consume if taking dopamine-related medications or Parkinson’s disease medications, the pill, fertility drugs, HRT or undergoing any other hormonal treatment. Consult a GP if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have any other health concerns.

  • Our organic cocoa beans are harvested from the Crayfish Bay Organic Cocoa Estate on the volcanic Caribbean island of Grenada. A by-product of the chocolate making process, our sustainable cocoa husks and nibs are fermented for 5 days, sundried, charcoal roasted and finally milled slightly to increase dissolution.

    Our wild agnus castus berries are handpicked 500m above sea level from the southern area of Meghri, one of the lowest areas in Armenia (near the border of Iran). Once in the UK, the ingredients are blended in accordance to our secret recipe.

Brewing Instructions

Use 3g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and let this herbal infusion steep, ideally for 7 minutes, to fully unfold its natural flavour.

Caddy 100g makes approx. *33 cups
Caddy Refill Pouch 100g makes approx. *33 cups

*Estimations are based on drinking the traditional way, where one portion will give you at least one cup – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Benefits

Herbal teas have health-promoting properties. In fact, herbal teas have been used as natural remedies for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years. Learn more about health benefits of our herbal infusions.

Tasting notes and pairing

Warming, delicately peppery with hemp-esque and dark chocolate notes.

Discover Our Cocoa's Origin

Crayfish Bay has designed its own unique roaster which uses charcoal. We believe it to be the only commercial roaster of this type in the world. Charcoal is purchased locally which supports the village economy. All the wood used for making charcoal is the result of storm damage or land clearance. No trees are cut down specifically for the making of charcoal and this system of roasting gives the cocoa its own unique flavour.

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