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Unlock the Magic: A Beginner's Guide to Making Ceremonial Cacao at Home

Ceremonial cacao, a sacred elixir crafted from the purest cacao beans, is more than a beverage—it's a ritual, a connection to the Earth's essence. Beyond its rich flavor, ceremonial cacao offers a daily sanctuary for grounding, mindfulness, and embracing the profound energy within.

Why Daily Ceremonial Cacao?

Daily consumption of ceremonial cacao provides a myriad of benefits. Rich in antioxidants, it nurtures your well-being while offering a gentle alternative for those sensitive to caffeine. For some, it's a mindful morning ritual, a moment to ground themselves before the demands of the day.

Dose Guide: Crafting Your Daily Ritual

Before diving into the recipe, choose a dose that aligns with your intentions:

  • 10 - 15g: A safe dose for kids or those just starting, perfect for a gentle daily ritual.
  • 15 - 20g: A great daily dose, especially if you plan to have 2+ cups a day.
  • 30 - 40g: Considered a "ceremonial" dose. Perfect for meditation, creativity, or as part of a gentle daily ritual.

Note: Use a scale or approximate with measuring spoons—2 heaped tablespoons equal approximately 20g.

Now to prepare your ingredients: 

I like to make my cacao when using it for ceremony or mediation in it's purest form with just cacao and water. However if you would like to sweeten it or make it creamier you can add milk or sweetners to taste. The below recipe follows a general guide:

  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • Sweetener (to taste): Honey or maple syrup, or a natural sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • Optional Additions: cayenne pepper, chilli, lions maine mushrooms, or your preferred spices.

Ceremonial Cacao Recipe: A Symphony of Earth's Gifts

  1. Preparation:

    • Measure your cacao dose with precision or use a measuring tablespoon.
    • Set intentions for your cacao ritual—this is where the magic begins.
  2. Ingredients Fusion:

    • In a saucepan, gently heat the milk, water, sweetener, cinnamon, coconut oil, and any chosen spices.
    • Avoid boiling; maintain a gentle heat to preserve the cacao's sacred essence.
  3. Cacao Infusion:

    • In the saucepan, stir in your cacao dose.
    • Whisk to combine the ingredients into a harmonious elixir.

  4. Ceremony Completion:

    • Pour your creation into a cherished cup or Jicara, a vessel for your intentions.
    • Sit with reverence, connecting with the Spirit of Cacao, and set your intentions ablaze.

Your Moment, Your Cacao: Just remember, making your cacao is your moment—there's no right or wrong. Whether you drink it on the go or create a ceremony around it, the choice is yours. Let each sip be a celebration of your unique journey.

Share Your Journey: Tag us @groundedcup, sharing your cacao ritual. Together, let's build a community rooted in the magic of ceremonial cacao—a daily ritual that nourishes mind, body, and soul.