Choffy: For A Serious Cup Of Cocoa
It isn't enough just to enjoy our beverages anymore -- nowadays we need to know everything about the liquids we imbibe. Wine, beer, coffee...even bottled water went through their pretentious phase, as evidenced by water sommeliers (who have since, mercifully, evaporated). I'm waiting for soda tastings to come into vogue just so I can hear people say things such as "The acidity quotient of Mountain Dew contrasts nobly with its sugary nose". But soda has to wait in line. Next up: Cocoa.
I knew that Choffy wasn't just a frivolous product such as Hershey's or Nestle Quik as soon as I saw the packaging. Normally my chocolate mix doesn't include origin of cacão (Ivory Coast); or batch number (104); or type of roast (medium). Choffy is made from organic cocoa beans that are roasted in small batches. An eight-ounce cup contains more antioxidants than two servings of blueberries, and boasts a "gentle yet long lasting" stimulant called Theobromine. How does it taste? Read on.
I brewed a cup by the preferred French press method -- two level tablespoons per 6 ounces of water. The cocoa is richer and fuller than other brands, with a slightly bitter/tart flavor; it has the taste of high quality chocolate. Folks who are used to drinking regular hot cocoa may want to add a little sugar to bring out the chocolate notes; pouring in a bit of cream does the trick too. It's very tasty this way.
Choffy is meant to be a healthy and tasty alternative to coffee, and its robust cocoa flavor should prove a real treat to adults who love chocolate. Seriously.
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