Product Review – Crio Bru Maracaibo.

Crio Bru Maracaibo

4 out of 5 stars

I would like to thank Crio Brü Australia for introducing me to this flavour when it was included in the sample pack I purchased online from their site.

Before I get into my review, here are the usual basics.

Disclaimer:

I bought this product with my own money, I am not being paid to make this review, nor am I deliberately singling this product or company out. I’m just trying to give an open and honest review on items I use in my household.

Please note:  My review is based solely on Crio Brü’s Maracaibo blend. This is not a review of Crio Brü themselves or any other products, services or business they may offer.

Okay, so let’s get to it!

So what exactly is Crio Brü Maracaibo all about? Well, for those who haven’t followed my love affair with Crio Brü’s flavours on my Facebook page, it is a yet another delicious flavour blend made by Crio Brü from cacao beans. It is a coffee substitute and made in a similar manner – cacao beans dried in the sun, then roasted, milled and packed either as is, or with spice blends or similar.  Maracaibo isn’t a blend, it’s 100% cacao beans and, according to the packet, is free of fat, gluten, sodium and sugar. Going on the ingredients I would also suggest it is dairy free and Vegan friendly.

There are other Crio Brü flavours and I am slowly making my way through them all to try and share reviews of. But this review is all about the Maracaibo flavour. If you would like to learn more about Crio Brü and what they do, please visit their site here.

My Review:

Maracaibo has to be one of my favourite Crio Brü flavours so far. It is one of the mid-range to stronger flavours too so, to me, is a perfect all-rounder. Though, I must say I do prefer it as a hot drink, but its strong – but not over-powering – taste means it works well in baking and ice drinks as well as hot beverages. So, yes, good for bliss balls and brownies!

Although there is a strong ‘I can’t believe this isn’t coffee’ flavour to Maracaibo, I do have to say it is still obviously a hot chocolate. If you get the bitterness juuuuust right though, it makes a great morning coffee substitute – without all the nasty after effects I suffer from when drinking coffee. Meaning, this flavour can easily go without sugar if desired, but I still need some milk (cocoquench) in it to take the edge off the bitterness. The more sugar you add to this one, the more chocolatey it becomes.

Would I recommend this product to others?

Yes I would. I would warn it has the stronger flavour than others… but it makes it a good all-rounder and so a perfect everyday use Crio Brü.

Would I buy this product for myself?

Been there, done that. Made sure I got one of the big 680g bag to ensure I had enough to last me for all I wanted to use it for. Nailed it. Though do need to buy myself some more after only getting it a few months back. 😉

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In summary – has to be one of my favourites. Perfect all-rounder for hot and cold drinks, making and baking.

Until next time,

Janis

Product Review – Crio for One + 3 Taster Packs (Cavalla, Coca River and Vega Real).

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4 out of 5 stars.

I bought this item with my own money from Crio Bru Australia.

I am in no way affiliated with Crio Bru Australia – other than being a frequent online customer.

Disclaimer: I am not being paid to make this review, nor am I deliberately singling this product or company out. I’m just trying to give an open and honest review on items I use in my household.

Please note:  This review is based solely on Crio for One + 3 Taster Packs (Cavalla, Coca River and Vega Real). This is not a review of Crio Bru, or any other products, services or business they may offer.

My Review:

What can I say? I enjoyed the Crio Bru Mojito so much I just had to try a few more sample packs. And how better to try them than with a double walled glass and diffuser!

Let’s get the minor negatives over with first – they are tiny and down to personal taste rather than flaws in the product.

Firstly, the glass wasn’t big enough! 😀 Sorry, but I like a BIG cup in the morning and so have a much larger double walled glass – which this diffuser fitted in perfectly.

Secondly, the diffuser was made of plastic. Not silicone or metal but plastic. I’m not a fan of plastic, especially when heated like this by having boiling water (well 95° C for French Press) poured through it. So, yeah, minor thing but it does mean I don’t actually use the glass or diffuser that often – only when my bigger glass and metal diffuser are in the dishwasher. See, I have a work around and am not devastated so it’s all good! 😉

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My big mug – Cavalla was tried first.

Now the good side of things… Wow I love the variety I tasted between these three flavours. I heated them all the same way and sweetened them with either coconut sugar, coconut nectar or date syrup and added either a Coconut rice milk or Almond Coconut milk.

Sometimes I drank them hot, other times I steeped them overnight and drank them cold the next day, just to see how they go as both a hot Crio Bru and an Iced Crio Bru.

I have to say, out of the three, that the Vega Reál is my absolute favourite. It just works so well as both a hot and cold drink, the flavour is strong, but not too strong and stands out against the flavours of the sweeteners and the milks.

The Cavalla was nice too… but did get hidden by the other sweeteners and milk and, as much as I like the Coca River, it is a bit too strong for me. If you ever need to pull an all-nighter to reach a deadline – drink the Coca River!

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Iced Cavalla – a family favourite for my kids too.

I must emphasise they were all totally delicious and thoroughly enjoyed by myself and my family… but the Vega Reál is a stand out winner for me!

The only downside to this gorgeous pack is that I now want to try ALL the different flavours… and so need to save my pennies and work my way through. As I really want to review each flavour on its own to give it the time and effort it deserves. A hobby for the New Year maybe? 😉

Would I recommend this product to others?

Yes I would. Yes I felt I had a better glass and diffuser already, but not everyone is a tea and chocolate snob like me so won’t be as well-equipped and so this pack is an excellent way to be introduced to the wonderful world of Crio Bru.

I also love how the pack gives you a range of flavours. A mild, medium and strong… to help you decide what level of Crio Bru best suits you. I feel this would be the perfect gift for lovers of Cacao and those who love coffee but just can’t drink it – like me.

Would you buy this product for yourself?

I did, love it, have no regrets and have used it daily since I got it. The thing I love the most about Crio Bru is it is like having coffee… but not getting the ill-effects I have always gotten from it. No heart palpitations and headaches from Crio Bru!

Secondly, it’s more than just a cacao drink. Yes I drink powdered cacao too, well, I used to but I feel Crio Bru has now replaced that. Why? The flavour is so much better and I don’t get the Cacao headache. So I win on both accounts! I get to feel like I am having coffee, actually drink cacao and get all the great pick up effects of it and none of the bad ones I get from coffee or powdered cacao. Win win!

In Summary: Better than coffee. Better than powdered cacao. A good flavour selection and an excellent starter kit for anyone wanting to begin their journey with a much better, healthier drink!

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Kicking off Monday with a Coca River in the glass that came with the pack.

Until next time,

Janis.

Product Review – Crio Bru Mojito.

Crio Bru Mojito

4 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank Crio Brü Australia for sending me a free sample of their Mojito blend. I made an enquiry into this product and, besides the fast and friendly service I received, they also sent me the sample.

Before I get into my review, here are the usual basics.

Disclaimer:

Although sent a free sample, I am not being paid to make this review, nor am I deliberately singling this product or company out. I’m just trying to give an open and honest review on items I use in my household.

Please note:  My review is based solely on Crio Brü ’s Mojito blend. This is not a review of Crio Brü themselves or any other products, services or business they may offer.

Okay, so let’s get to it!

So what exactly is Crio Brü Mojito all about? Well it is a flavour blend made by Crio Brü from cacao beans. It is a coffee substitute and made in a similar manner – cacao beans dried in the sun, then roasted, milled and packed either as is, or in the case of the Mojito – mixed with spearmint and lime zest. According to the packet Mojito blend is free of fat, gluten, sodium and sugar. Going on the ingredients I would also suggest it is dairy free and Vegan friendly.

There are other Crio Brü flavours and I do plan on buying them and making my way through them as I can. But this is all about the Mojito. If you would like to learn more about Crio Brü and what they do, please visit their site here.

My Review:

Now, I can’t drink coffee without getting migraine like headaches and heart palpitations. But I can drink cacao. Yes I can still get a buzz headache if I drink it too strong or too much in one go, but it doesn’t affect me anywhere near as much as coffee.

And so, when I learnt of Crio Brü I wanted to know what the big deal was. I mean cacao powder and ground cacao beans – there can’t be a heck of a lot of difference, can there? Hooo nelly I was wrong!

To give my Mojito blend the best chance to impress me as it could, I followed the instructions on the packet it came in. After borrowing a one cup coffee press from my folks, I heated my kettle water to ‘French Press’ temperature (yes, I have a kettle that does different temperatures as I am a tea snob too).  I then added the stated amount (for one cup) into the press and added the water. Let it sit for the time given on the packet and then gently plunged it.

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Just the Mojito blend and hot water.

I tasted the straight water/ Crio Brü blend and was simply blown away by how like coffee it really was! Not at all like cacao powder in hot water! So much like coffee I expected the killer headache as soon as I sipped it – nada! Wow! Coffee that doesn’t kill me! Can it really be?

Yes, you can tell I was amazed by it as I started to go all silly with how best to describe it. So, to calm my silliness I then added my favourite sweetener and some coconut milk to make it more the sort of “coffee” I like. Wow again! Not like a hot chocolate at all! I really was stunned. It was like COFFEE!

Though I will add here I am not a coffee expert and had my last cup of Jo maybe ten years ago. So my palate for coffee is near non-existent and so regular coffee drinkers may think I’m bonkers and say it tastes more chocolatey than coffee.

But to me, Crio Brü is not a hot chocolate! Yes there is a sort of chocolate undertone to it… but I would have to say it is indeed more like coffee. And, to be honest, I didn’t really taste the lime and spearmint in the first cup. It was just the strong ‘I can’t believe this isn’t coffee’ impact.

Now, don’t think I am some fool who wouldn’t know her Tanzanian single origin 80% from her Brazil blend 60% hot chocolates as you would be so wrong. I am a dyed in the wool – know all local chocolatier café owners by their first names – chocolate snob! I know my chocolate and I am hard to fool with that brown muck most people associate with being chocolate when it is as close to being chocolate as I am to being a super model.

But, being the experimenter that I am, I attempted a second cup from the same grounds. I know this isn’t usually done and I did expect it to be weaker. It was… but you could then taste those lime and spearmint undertones better. I also heated my coconut milk before adding and feel that brought out the tones more.

I also let half my first cup go cold before I finished it as the Mojito does say on the front – ‘Brew Hot, serve cold’. And they are not wrong! It tasted like an iced coffee! Not chocolate milk, an iced coffee. Now I grew up in a part of the world where iced coffee was almost a cultural drink. We were a small city and, sadly, known for being – per capita – one of the highest beer drinkers in the world, second to Germany… Ice coffee was drunk more than beer. I kid you not. And so, I can say I know my iced coffee too!

I can honestly see myself brewing up a big batch of the Mojito blend come this summer and making iced coffee for my kids. I don’t tend to give them real iced coffee as it makes them go a little, shall we say, bat crap crazy. This I can see as being a good substitute, as they don’t like the chicory iced coffee I’ve been trying to fob off on them in recent years.

My next experiments will be to follow the suggestion on a pamphlet that came with my sample to pop it in my Thermomix and brew it that way. Then I have also had a suggestion to brew it slow on the stove… and I think I will – in just my coconut/rice milk.

I also then want to try it in a coffee and walnut cake, dairy free Tiramisu… Oh the possibilities are simply endless.

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My lovely free sample and info. 

Would I recommend this product to others?

Yes I would. I loved it, loved its coffee like quality and do know others who have similar issues with coffee and feel they might like to give it a go too. Just remember, this is not a hot chocolate, it really does taste more like coffee!

Would I buy this product for myself?

Yes I would. As I said earlier in my review, I plan on working my way through some of the other Crio Brü flavours, but I can indeed see myself buying the Mojito blend again and having it as either a hot coffee wannabe or an iced coffee wannabe.

In summary: Not a hot chocolate, don’t be fooled by the cacao! It is indeed more like a coffee and great for those of us who can’t drink coffee. I highly recommend.

Until next time,

Janis.