The preparation ritual
Step by step instructions for your ceremonial Kakao
Heat approx. 150ml water or vegetable milk
(my favourite: oat milk)
Grind the Kakao mass
Weigh 20-25g for an everyday cup and 30g for a ritual cup
Dissolve the Kakao in the warm liquid - stirring helps!
Flavour your Kakao as you like
Take your time, feel and enjoy your Kakao
Warm water or a plant-based milk substitute
150ml for one cup is a good amount. By heating gently, you can ensure that all the nutrients in the Kakao are preserved for you and strengthen you.
If possible, the liquid should not boil, otherwise some of the Kakao butter will separate from the Kakao and form a golden film over the drink. This is neither harmful nor disgusting, but I think it tastes best without it.
Chop the Kakao mass with a knife (optional).
Chopping makes the Kakao dissolve more quickly and also makes it easier to measure out. For a ritual cup, I usually use 30 grams of brown gold. For a delicious drinking Kakao for everyday use, I use 20 - 25 grams.
I prefer not to weigh my Kakao. After a few cups, you will know how much Kakao your body and mind like, and you may be able to let your gut tell you how much to drink.
Gently pour the Kakao into the hot liquid and give it time to dissolve completely.
At first, lumps will form, which after a little stirring and stoic patience will turn into a homogeneous, silky drink. The time needed for this is perfect for taking a few deep breaths and getting to grips with your intention for your Kakao.
For the smooth foam lovers among us: in a heat-resistant blender, the Kakao can be stirred to unimagined foaminess. However, points are deducted for this in terms of volume.
Now is the time for spices
The delicate Kakao butter is an excellent flavour carrier for spices from all over the world. Get creative and let your intuition guide you through your spice rack. It's especially useful to add a little black pepper or cayenne to stimulate circulation and make your body receptive to the flood of nutrients.
My favourites: Lava or sea salt, saffron, cardamom and cinnamon. Don't have time for frills? Use gingerbread spice and don't tell anyone!
Pour the creation into your favourite mug and make yourself comfortable in a nice place
Connect with your Kakao and your intention. Surrender it to him and let all your senses have their say as you drink. Breathe deeply and relax. Your body knows exactly what is good for it and through the Kakao you enter into a beautiful, sometimes wild communication.
Kakao can also do wondrous things in nature, at work or even in the car. The important thing is that you give yourself the space to enjoy it and receive its message.
Let the magic happen
Let the Kakao work on your mind and body. The next few hours can be filled with ideas, feelings and creativity. So have something ready to write with. Feel the opening of your heart space and enjoy the feeling of being held. The detoxifying component comes into play more in the background. Be sure to drink plenty of water and listen carefully to your body.