Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Choffy - My Not-so-Guilty Pleasure

Have you ever heard of Choffy? No? Me, either, until recently. Choffy is another one of those inventions that you wish you would have heard about sooner. It's one of those "Why didn't I think of that" moments when you hear about what it is. After I found out what Choffy was (Yes, I had to google it.) I was intrigued to know more. Thankfully my friend Shana was ordering some and when she got it, she was more than happy to let me try it out. For those of you who don't know what Choffy is, here's more information:

Choffy is 100% organically brewed chocolate! In the same way coffee beans are roasted and brewed, Choffy does the same with cacao beans. However, unlike coffee, it isn't addicting or give you the well known crash feeling that coffee can provide. It's much healthier and much, MUCH more flavorful.

Antioxidants: Raw cacao contains the highest concentration, by weight, of antioxidants over any other food in the world, including; red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates and goji berries. Even if you were to combine all these ingredients, raw cacao still wins.

Detoxification: Choffy is a super-detoxifier and helps rid the toxins that weaken your system, keeping you younger, longer.

Heart Healthy: Theobromine is a long lasting, yet gentle, stimulant that helps provide you with energy by dilating the cardiovascular system which in turn, makes the hearts job easier, without affecting the nervous system negatively. Therefore, you won't feel the crash or after effects of caffeine, like you do in coffee. Theobromine is also a vasodilator. It increases your heartbeat, as well as dilates blood vessels which helps you reduce your blood pressure and provide your body with greater blood circulation. There is also an abundant amount of flavanols in cacao that activate Nitric Oxide in your blood which helps prevent vascular disease.

Feel Great: Cacao contains the bliss chemicals phenylethylamine (PEA) and anandamide. Anandamide is a chemical present in our brain when we feel good and PEA is an adrenal chemical that helps us to feel focused. These two chemicals, combined, causes a change in blood pressure and blood sugars which leads to a feeling of excitement and alertness without the negative side effects of caffeine.

Ivory Coast - A nice deep chocolate with light natural grain undertones and a classic earthy flavor.

 La Espanola - Created from limited edition single estate cacao beans from the Dominican Republic, creating a deep, rich, yet smooth chocolate flavor with nutty overtones.

Mamberamo - This limited edition carries an exotically deep, smoky chocolate flavor with subtle hints of spice. This flavor is exceptionally rich and smooth.

My favorite flavor would have to be La Espanola, with Mamberamo coming in a VERY close second. Really, though, you cannot go wrong with any flavor. Pair any of these up with some Almond Joy Creamer and you have my all time favorite drink. I love the smooth chocolate flavor that it gives off, without you feeling extremely full like hot cocoa can.

I also love the feeling that I get when I drink Choffy, not only does the taste make me super happy, like dessert in a cup, but the after effects have seriously saved me more than once. Being the mother of a two year old and almost three month old twins, I have to be on my toes at all times. Choffy gives me the ability to do that without feeling like I've just taken speed. I have more patience with my children and my husband and I don't run down nearly as quickly as I do otherwise.

I must say that this is a staple drink at our play group.

Choffy comes pre-ground and ready to brew. For best results, it does require a french press, like the one here. You can, however, brew choffy in a standard drip coffee maker, if you chose to. For best results with the standard drip coffee maker, use a gold or nylon filter, although, any can be used.

If you would like to learn more about Choffy, please contact Todd or Shana at: tschamberlain[at]hotmail[dot]com
If you would like to purchase Choffy, please click here.

Disclaimer: I am chosing to write this post for my own love of Choffy and my friends Shana and Todd. I have not been paid to write this post. All opinions expressed are my true, honest opinions.

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