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Cocoa Manna Fine Brewing Cocoa is back with a new look and updated offerings, including their popular flavors of brewing cocoa. Between 100% Cocoa, Chocolate Chai, Extra Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Spice, it’s difficult to choose a favorite.

Cocoa Manna is similar to both tea and coffee, but with the richness of a precious spice and the palatable heft of a dessert. Made from cocoa beans that have been roasted and ground, drinking cocoa is equal parts decadent beverage and health tonic—and the best part is, it’s a cinch to make. Simply infuse the ground cocoa in hot water for 12 minutes in a French press coffee maker, strain and enjoy. The natural complexity of the cocoa is delightful on its own or with a touch of honey and a dab of coconut milk.

Cocoa Manna is made from cocoa beans that have been hand-roasted in small batches at the factory headquarters in Virginia. The original variety is made from 100 percent cocoa and has an earthy, distinctly chocolaty aroma with smoky afternotes. Cocoa Manna Spice contains cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper, which gives the drink a subtle warming quality that highlights the cocoa. The Extra Dark Chocolate variety, made with a blend of special dark cocoa beans imported from Ghana and Guatemala, offers a more robust flavor profile. Cocoa Manna Chocolate Chai is the most stimulating of the four flavors, in a blend that sings with the addition of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fennel, orange peel, ginger, licorice and black pepper. The Chocolate Chai’s combination of warming spices with the already cozy flavor of cocoa makes for an inventive upgrade to a traditional hot chocolate recipe.

Brewing cocoa is an ancient art that dates back to the Olmec, Mayan and Aztec cultures of Mesoamerica, and the health benefits of cocoa are numerous. Studies have shown that cocoa lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow to the heart. The complexity of Cocoa Manna is akin to that of red wine; indeed, many of the polyphenols and antioxidants that make wine a staple in so many traditional cultures are also found in pure cocoa. It contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food, which helps to support the immune system, prevent diseases and cancers, slow down the aging process and stimulate libido. Cocoa is rich in magnesium to support the heart and the digestive system, and the theobromine contained in the beans helps to increase energy and alertness and boost metabolism. Cocoa beans also contain phenylethylamine, the same stimulating chemical that increases alertness and promotes a sense of contentment. Often called the “love drug,” phenylethylamine mimics the neurological patterns of a person in love, which may be why we associate chocolate with romantic occasions and other feel-good treats.

The Cocoa Manna team also offers a moisturizing hand scrub made from 100 percent pure ground cocoa and rich cocoa butter, along with a sampler pack that contains one bag of each flavor of Cocoa Manna. The Cocoa Manna Starter Pack combines everything necessary for making the best cocoa beverages, with two bags of Cocoa Manna and a 1,000-milliliter French press coffee maker in each set.

As winter snows and gift-giving seasons approach, skip the sugary drinks and choose Cocoa Manna instead. You’ll stay warm while supporting your health and the livelihood of small-batch farmers and craftspeople—it truly is a gift that keeps on giving.

For more information or for online ordering, visit CocoaMannaBrew.com.