I recently connected with Amy L. Norton on Twitter. She's a sweetie, and when I checked out her blog, I clicked on a link to check out something she sells called Choffy.
Choffy is ground cacao beans--you know, the beans they use to make chocolate. But it doesn't have any extra ingredients (such as sugar.) You brew it like coffee. It's chock full of antioxidants, which is nice, and I was shocked to found out that cacao actually has little if any caffeine in it. It actually has theobromine in it, which is a gentler stimulant than caffeine. (I was skeptical but Googled it--apparently it's true!)
I was intrigued. But I didn't want to spend $20 ($15 plus $5 shipping) to buy 12 ounces of ground cacao beans when I didn't know if I'd care for it. Then I saw that Amy was offering free samples. Works for me. I contacted her, and the samples were in my mailbox a few days later. And I was shocked how generous she was with her samples--I got packets of the three varieties of Choffy, each enough to brew 24 ounces (six cups.) (I even found I preferred my Choffy a little weaker, so each of the last two packets were enough for eight cups.)
When I opened my first packet of Choffy, the smell was divine. If you love the smell of coffee, you know what I mean. Except it's better, because it's chocolate. The taste of the brew, however, I was less sure about. It definitely has a bitterness, similar to coffee. I add a lot of milk to mine, and if you add sugar to your coffee, you'll probably want to add it to your Choffy too.
A funny thing happened, though, as I got about halfway through my samples. I found myself really wanting to keep drinking the Choffy--almost craving it. It's not physically addictive like coffee is, but I think it is a bit of an aquired taste, and I guess I'm acquiring it! I still wish it was smoother without the unsweetened bitterness, but I'm really enjoying it--enough that I shelled out the $20 for my own Choffy, which I hope will be delivered next week. While the cost is more than I'd like, Amy told me she mixes hers with coffee. I may do that--it would be yummy and cost-effective.
To get your own samples of Choffy, you can check out this post on Amy's site. It tells you more about Choffy, and near the bottom you'll find her e-mail address. I've gotten her permission to share this with you, so I hope she's prepared to send out a bunch of samples!
Let me know what you think of Choffy!
**I was not compensated in any way for this giveaway. I was given a free sample of Choffy and chose, on my own, to blog about it. Amy Norton agreed to give any readers of my blog their own samples of Choffy, upon request. For my disclosure policy, see this post.