I was looking for a brewed chocolate beverage without the cream and sugar of traditional hot cocoa drinks. So I was not surprised by the bitter taste and watery consistency of Criu Bru. That's exactly what I wanted! However, I was surprised by how different the actual product is from the advertised product.
First, Crio Bru does NOT brew just like coffee. A more accurate slogan would be "Brews Kind of Like Coffee." You cannot use a standard coffee maker without a special setting and a gold filter, and you cannot use a manual drip cone. You can use a French Press, but you must let it brew longer and it is messier to strain. After lots of experimenting, I found the best method was to let the cacao and water barely simmer (very, very gently) on the stove top for at least ten minutes. Then strain using a fine mesh strainer. (I tried straining through a drip cone with a paper liner, keeping as much cacao as possible in the pan, but the paper filter clogged immediately). While simmering, the fragrance is heavenly. The actual taste is quite bitter, even for someone like me who likes it very bitter.
The brewed cacao tastes much better diluted with almond milk or soymilk, and it even better served as an iced beverage. And that is the second discrepancy. The product is not as low in fat as Criu Bru indicates. After an hour or two in the fridge there is a definite layer of saturated fat all over the sides of the pitcher. I was shocked by the amount of fat.…
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