Tisano Cacao Tea – This Stuff Rocks!

Written by Max Goldberg on October 6, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

All you have to do is open up the tin can of Tisano Cacao Tea and take one whiff of the product to know that you are in for a special ride.

Aside from the fact that its smell is beyond intoxicating, Tisano Cacao Tea is different than any other organic tea that I have ever come across. Why?

Well, instead of making a tea from leaves, Tisano uses cacao shells.

Yes, the tea is made from the shells of cacao beans.


Even though cacao tea is something completely new to most people, it isn’t some gimmick that organic food entrepreneurs came up with in their kitchen. Cacao tea has serious history.

Drinking a cacao beverage is a long, lost tradition of ancient civilizations in South America, and Tisano is simply revising it for today’s organic consumer.

Furthermore, research has shown that cacao beans have a higher level of antioxidants than any other food on the planet.

While the cacao shell is not a cacao bean, or powder, the cacao shell absorbs a lot of nutrients from the cacao bean and contains many similar health properties.

The cacao shell is also very high in magnesium, potassium and Vitamin D. Additionally, the product contains Theobromine, a naturally-occurring stimulant which raises serotonin levels and increases feelings of well-being.




Similar to other teas, you steep cacao shells in boiling water, let them sit for 4-5 minutes and then strain. (It helps to have a very fine strainer when making the tea.)

Despite the fact the Tisano Cacao Tea had such a strong chocolate aroma, the taste was actually much different than I had expected.

I thought it was going to be a lot like drinking hot chocolate but the taste and texture were very similar to regular tea. It was smooth, light, earthy and refreshing, all with just a hint of chocolate.


When I was done drinking my Tisano Cacao Tea, I knew right away that this was something that I would absolutely consume on a regular basis. It is a fantastic, fantastic organic product.

Tisano Cacao Tea contains nothing other than organic cacao shells, sourced from Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, and it can be purchased online.

I tip my hat to you, Tisano, for a job really, really well-done!

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  1. sounds great, Max!
    Can’t wait to try it!

    Written by stephanie haughey on October 7, 2011 @ 1:24 pm
  2. Hi Max,

    I just discovered this magazine. I am sure you know about it.
    In case you didn’t, here it is:


    Written by stephanie haughey on October 7, 2011 @ 1:40 pm
  3. Hi Stephanie,

    Let me know what you think. I am sure you will be impressed.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on October 10, 2011 @ 1:14 pm
  4. Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for the link. No, I did not know about it. Looks very interesting.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on October 10, 2011 @ 1:19 pm
  5. tea! do want. havent tried cacao tea but i will bookmark this one

    Written by Cristina Ione Lopez on October 12, 2011 @ 1:53 am
  6. Hi Cristina,

    I think you’ll be quite happy with this cacao tea. Let me know what you think!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on October 12, 2011 @ 12:54 pm
  7. I got this for hubsy as a present and he loves it, thanks! :) Great product.

    Written by jamie on February 3, 2012 @ 8:25 pm
  8. Hi Jamie,

    So glad to he loves it! Yes, it is a great product.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 5, 2012 @ 1:25 pm
  9. Put a couple drops of stevia in it and it tastes very much like hot chocolate.

    Written by kevin on January 8, 2014 @ 8:13 pm
  10. The health benefits of cacao tea are numerous. If you are not a big tea drinker, I always recommend adding it to your coffee grounds to get all the nutrients. Cacao tea is great mixed with other teas (yerba mate, rooibos, earl grey, etc). My favorite is from the Dominican Republic it has a deep savory nutty flavor. And remember you won’t find much flavor unless the cacao (bean) is roasted. Also, if you are worried or very sensitive to mycotoxins (I am on the fence) you might want to skip the tea and focus more on the nibs.

    Written by Case Coniglio on October 11, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

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