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    Can cacao drink replace coffee (drinks) in the morning?

    By the way, I said cacao drink, not cocoa drink. then what is the difference? If I were "neanderthal", I would say " Cacao Gooood. Cocoa Baaad".
    Cacao is the chocolate's raw ingredient (some of my coffee exporting friends in Guatemala also sell Cacao to other countries) that offers coffee like stimulation without crash. As we know, cacao contains little to no caffeine, but it has plenty of theobromine, a compound that acts as a gentle stimulant. So, according to some study, it gives you a smoother, crash free boost of energy.

    Actually, I drink this quite often when I am in Guatemala. Most of cafes serve cacao drinks along with coffee drinks.

    so, what do you think? cacao drinks can replace coffee in the morning?

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    In Colombia, I get a choice of hot cacao or coffee with breakfast when I eat out

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmark View Post
    In Colombia, I get a choice of hot cacao or coffee with breakfast when I eat out
    What does it taste like? I imagine it tasting like a watered-down, bitter dark-chocolate flavored beverage that you need to add sugar and milk to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkRose View Post
    What does it taste like? I imagine it tasting like a watered-down, bitter dark-chocolate flavored beverage that you need to add sugar and milk to.
    yes, I drink quite a bit in Quetzaltenango, guatemala also.
    it is very common to find this cacao (not cocoa :+) drinks in cafes.
    yes, it taste like watered down, slightly bitter chocolate flavored beverage.
    you could add sugar, but hardly anyone does.

    if you ask me, it does not really taste good (perhaps I am also used to drink cocoa drinks in US), but just like anything else, you will get used to the flavor and you will get to like it soon or later.

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    In Colombia..........I use sugar, but it is a little thicker there than Guatemala

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmark View Post
    In Colombia..........I use sugar, but it is a little thicker there than Guatemala
    Did you drink cacao drinks when you were at Quetzaltenango, in our company?
    I do not remember.
    anyway, there is cafe luna, just right next to my company where serves the best cacao drink (and the most famous cafe for cacao drinks in our city), so next time when you come in March next year, we will go there and try few different types of cacao drinks.
    that would be really interesting....

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    I did not drink cacao in Xela but in Guatemala City..........or just outside of it.
    Outside of your place and that specialty chain, the coffee in Guatemala left alot to be desired...as they served the rejected beans(in sorting) to keep things cheap. In Colombia, you could go anywhere and get a good cup of coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmark View Post
    I did not drink cacao in Xela but in Guatemala City..........or just outside of it.
    Outside of your place and that specialty chain, the coffee in Guatemala left alot to be desired...as they served the rejected beans(in sorting) to keep things cheap. In Colombia, you could go anywhere and get a good cup of coffee.
    It sounds like a person who is visiting Guatemala would go back home thinking that the coffee that's grown there is really bad. After that, why would they want to buy coffee from Guatemala when they get back to the U.S.?? The taste of the lousy coffee would be a bad memory. It doesn't make sense.

    The people who live there have to drink lousy coffee, too. How can they have any pride in the coffee that is grown there, if all they have to drink is the lousy stuff?

    I know it happens in other countries and growing regions too, and it really doesn't make sense.

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    I believe the issue in Guatemala is that most quality coffee is exported while the locals end up drinking what is not exported...that is, the beans that were expelled by the colour sorter and everything else that was rejected.

    I understand it is even worse in Honduras

    Assuming it has to do with the poverty of central America. Not that Colombia is much richer, but as I mentioned, every little hole in the wall has good coffee (from my experience). In fact, the best cup of coffee I have ever had was some 10 years ago in a cafe I stumbled into in Risaralda. It was almost like drinking orange juice concentrate. It was coffee from some friends farm, who wasn't selling it anywhere else

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    Quote Originally Posted by naturalpuerh View Post
    Sometimes I drink tea in the morning
    do you drink "Puerh tea"?

 

 

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