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Steve Durci has been traveling around the world working as a cacao broker for many years.  He developed Crio Bru which is a brewable cacao which I highly recommend as an alternative to coffee but just recently started making chocolate.  Being based in the chocolate Mecca of Salt Lake City and have been a primary resource for cacao for some of the best chocolate makers in the country he hit the ground running.  His collection or Durci Chocolate Bars are wonderful.  I have spent a good bit of time sampling the bars with clients and they are all standouts.  He sources the cacao from small producers in Central and South America and just like wine the flavor of each bar is a reflection of varietal and terroir.

Durci Rediscover Chocolate
3 Of Our Favorite Durci Bars
Durci Joya Rara 70%
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Crio Bru Brewable Cacao A Fantastic Alternative to Coffee


Crio Brü is brewed drink made from 100% cacao beans (also known as cocoa beans), roasted to perfection. Named after the most prized of cacao beans, the Criollo, Crio Brü will astound your taste buds with its complex chocolaty flavors and subtle aromas which come right from the cacao bean itself! It is 100% natural and 100% pure.

Crio Brü is the ultimate superfood. It is low in calories and contains no sugar, no fat, no dairy, no sodium, no cholesterol and practically no caffeine, yet is extremely high in antioxidants, theobromine and a host of other vitamins and minerals.

Crio Brü is both a new drink and an ancient one. Ka’kao was an everyday drink of the kings and peoples of the great Incas, Mayans, Olmecs and Aztecs for hundreds of years, but was changed when the Old World met the New. The incredible health properties of cacao are currently lost in the process of making modern chocolate, but with Crio Brü, they are preserved.

“This is a fine alternative to coffee in fact I like this better than brewed coffee.  The similarities are mostly in the mouth feel as the flavors are completely different.  Crio Bru doesn’t taste like hot chocolate although you get hints of it.  It is way better than tea and it’s an ancient super food that you should incorporate into your diet.  …Uncle Jerry”

3 Of Our Favorite Crio Brus
Crio Bru Cavalla
Crio Bru Cocoa River
Crio Bru Vega Real