Morning Ritual

    My perfect way to greet the day is with a cup of coffee. But not just any cup of coffee. Through trial and error I have learned how to create one of the most nutritious and cognitively stimulating meals.The first ingredient is coffee. It has numerous benefits, but not all coffee is created equal as I have unfortunately come to learn (disclaimer: I am a coffee snob). I will explore coffee more in-depth in a future blog. In a nutshell, look for single-origin and beans that are as close to fully washed as possible. I prefer to roast my own beans, which anyone can do with nothing more than a popcorn…

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    Cacao (Cocoa) Pricing & Trading in the Markets

    Cocoa futures and options are traded on two exchanges:  ICE Futures U.S. (ICE) exchange and London NYSE-LIFFE exchange ICE FUTURES (ICE): US Trading Symbol : CC Contract Size: 10 metric tons (20,000 lbs) Price Quotation: US dollars per metric tons Daily Price Limit: None Minimum Price Movement: $1.00/metric ton, equivalent to $10 per contract Contract Listings: March, May, July, September, December Deliverable Growths: The growth of any country or clime, including new or yet unknown growths. Growths are divided into three classifications. Group A-Deliverable at a premium of $160/ton (including main crops of Ghana, Lome, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone). Group B-Deliverable at a premium of $80/ton (includes Bahia, Arriba, Venezuela,Sanchez among…

  • Cacao Tea

    Cacao Tea

    CHOCOLATE TEA / COCOA TEA / CACAO TEA Cacao tea is made from the shell or husk of the cocoa bean (not the pod). The shell is a byproduct of making chocolate from cacao beans. Historically, it has been viewed as a waste product in the chocolate industry. Today it is viewed as a valuable bio-mass, especially in large cacao producing countries, such as Africa. Closer to home you can also often find it sold as cocoa mulch at nurseries. I should also mention, in the past and even today, it has been used to help cut costs by mixing it with cacao powder or even replacing it entirely.           More recently, retailers have started to market…