Food | Coffee



Cacao tea. “Cacao tea is produced from the shell, or husk, of the cacao bean, which is often discarded in the process of making chocolate. During this process, cacao beans are harvested, fermented, and dried. The shells are then removed from the beans, leaving the remaining nibs to continue forward in the process. Although only a byproduct of chocolate making, the shells are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and serve as the foundation for MiCacao.”

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Organic, fair trade coffees and teas from a popular Los Angeles coffee spot. Chose from single origin, signature blends, limited reserve and decaf coffees—every coffee has a story. Honey-processed coffee anyone? You’ll get a whole different view of coffee here. Flavors are described like poetry. “Groundwork was one of the first certified organic coffee roasters in Southern California and a pioneer in sustainable, relationship-based, and organic coffee sourcing.”

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Cafe Altura Gourmet Coffee

“The original organic coffee, since 1980.” This coffee comes from the Finca Irlanda farm in Chiapas, Mexico, which has now been growing coffee using organic and Biodynamic techniques for decades. It is believed to be the first certified organic coffee farm in the world. Choose from whole bean, ground, and even instant certified organic coffees, including water processed decaf. Visit Website


If you like “bulletproof” type coffee, but don’t like all the bags and jars of different ingredients, ButterBuzz is perfect for you. “Each BuzzPod is packed full of ingredients that are proven to have a variety of health benefits including boosting metabolism, aiding in weight loss and management, improving cognitive brain function, and supporting your hormonal system.” Each pod contains grass fed butter, raw unfiltered honey, raw vanilla powder, raw cacao butter, ground Ceylon cinnamon, cocoa butter—all organic—and hydrolyzed marine collagen.


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Il Morso

This very clever product is described at “the coffee shortcut.” The basic idea is to pack the caffeine kick of a cup of coffee into a small wafer of chocolate. Made with simple organic whole foods—each serving contains only 1g of sugar and 15 – 25 calories. Now I had to try this. Each piece is individually wrapped in a sealed package. When you rip it open, the first thing you smell is coffee. Lovely. The chocolate tasted good and it had a bit of a kick (probably you experience it more or less depending on body size). It’s intended to be a cup of coffee in your pocket. So if you are going to drink coffee, but want something quicker, this all-organic product could do it for you.

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Cafe Mam

European-grade Arabica coffee—100% organic, 100% fair-trade, shade grown, fresh roasted. The coffee is grown by fair trade cooperatives of native Mayan farmers living in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala. The farmers believe that by taking care of the soil, they are taking care of the entire biosystem. Though this site sells only one type of bean, you can select a level of caffeine, a particular roast, and your preferred grind (and all are explained on the site). Half-pound sample bag is only $5.25.

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Beantrees Gourmet Coffee

One of my readers told me about this website because it’s the only coffee she can drink, and it turned out to be the first company to sell only organic coffee. Beantrees started in 1993, at a time when nobody was selling organic coffee and nobody knew about it. And today, Beantrees is known for it’s gourmet organic coffees, including naturally-flavored coffees and mountain-water decaffinated. They have many celebrity clients and their coffee was even served at the Cannes Film Festival.

Listen to my interview with Barrie Gromala, Cofounder and President of Beantrees Fine Organic Coffee

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