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Venezuela Río Caribe

Ceremonial Cacao

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Ceremonial Cacao - Venezuela Río Caribe - 100% Cacao Pasta

Ceremonial cacao (full-fat cacao paste) is distinguished by its intense flavour of milk chocolate with subtle notes of exotic fruits. It is characterized by a very low acidity and mild bitterness, and its thick and full-bodied texture creates a stable foam. The product is made up of a 50-50 mix between Trinitario beans and Criollo, which gives it a unique flavour.

It's worth mentioning that Rio Caribe is a colourful port town located in eastern Venezuela. It was founded by the Spaniards in the 18th century, and Rio Caribe cacao is named after this town.

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Variety

Trinitario

Taste

Semi-sweet

Fat content

52%

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Cacao from Rio Caribe in Venezuela is one of the most valued cacao in the world. This region is famous for producing cacao with a unique taste, aroma and texture, cherished by exceptional chocolatiers worldwide. Cacao from the Rio Caribe is of the "Criollo" variety and is considered one of the finest in the world.

The "Criollo" variety is characterized by a delicate flavour and low acidity, making it ideal for producing chocolate with a mild taste and a velvety texture. Cacao from Rio Caribe is also known for its intense aroma, which showcases a wealth of floral and fruity notes.
Cacao producers from Rio Caribe prioritize the quality of their product by using natural cultivation and fruit harvesting methods. Rio Caribe cacao is often produced on small farms, allowing for quality control and a unique flavour obtention.

Rio Caribe cacao is also valued for its health benefits. It contains a high amount of antioxidants that protect the body against free radicals, which has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. Rio Caribe cacao can also help regulate blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure.

Our cacao is 100% natural, unprocessed, kosher, halal, no sugar, no additives, no preservatives, handmade. Cacao is gluten free and can also be consumed by vegans.

What is cacao paste?

Cacao paste is the dried, shelled and then ground cacao beans, which take the form of a hard, yet brittle block or lump.

Properties of cacao

Cacao contains more antioxidants than red wine and 3 times more than green tea.

Cacao is an important source of tryptophan, which affects the formation of serotonin, and phenylethylamine, which supports the synthesis of dopamine and a number of vitamins B, C and E.

In addition, cacao contains a number of mineral salts such as magnesium, iron, chromium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, zinc, potassium and selenium.

Furthermore, the high content of healthy cacao fat, theobromine and anandamide makes cacao a natural, mild stimulant.

All this makes cacao a natural, powerful antidepressant, mood enhancer and energiser.

How to prepare cacao?

Mix about 10-20 grams of crushed cacao with water, vegetable or animal milk (200 ml) and spices such as chilli, vanilla, cinnamon or cardamom. If desired, sweeten with honey or other healthy sugar. The spices and honey should be added at the end of the process.

There are several methods for preparing cacao. We advise you to try them all, because each of them slightly changes the final taste of the drink. In this article you will find a recipe for ceremonial cacao and a lot of additional information.

  1. Mix the cacao with hot (about 90 degrees) water or milk using a blender. For about one minute. This is the fastest method of preparation. cacao prepared this way has a silky texture and a taste similar to milk chocolate.
  2. Dissolve the cacao in a pot with hot water at 70-80 degrees. Take care not to let the mixture boil. Too high a temperature will affect the properties and taste of the drink. The cacao will be thicker and more intense in flavour than the previous method. This is how the cacao is prepared during the ceremony.
  3. Boil the water or milk together with the cacao for about 5 minutes.
  4. Boil the water or milk with the cacao for about half an hour. This method will bring out the maximum flavour at the expense of vitamins, some of which will be lost as a result of long cooking.

The question of using vegetable or animal milk is individual and does not significantly affect the properties of the cacao drink. Nevertheless, we recommend using water or vegetable milk.

Daily amount of cacao

Approximately 10-20 grams. This may occasionally be increased to 50 grams.

Application

Genuine and 100% cacao paste (ceremonial cacao) is excellent for:

  • daily consumption as a drink
  • cacao ceremonies in doses of about 40 grams per person
  • meditation or yoga practice
  • baked goods such as brownie or chocolate chip cookies
  • the production of chocolates or pralines
  • as an accompaniment to a cheese board
  • as a snack during wine tasting
  • as a high-calorie snack during mountain expeditions

Classification of ceremonial cacao

All natural cacao in the form of paste, beans, nibs (ground cacao beans) or powder is bitter, however we can make a classification into less bitter or dry.

Our scale of cacao flavours is:

  • sweet
  • semi-sweet
  • slightly dry
  • semi-dry
  • dry
  • bitter

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Our ambition is to import both ceremonial cacao and powder cacao from all over the world. We aim to bring organic BIO cacao everywhere. However, we sometimes travel to really wild and faraway places where we also meet extremelly pure cacao farms. Those ones are not labeled with certificates, as very often not tauched with civilisation at all or people there are too poor to apply for them. For sure the whole cacao we sell is 100 per cent vegan and kosher.
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