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Cacao Coffee Recipe

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Last Updated on December 6, 2020

You’ll never believe how simple it is to make cacao coffee! Not only does it have a fraction of the caffeine that coffee is, it tastes just like hot chocolate!

cocao coffee in a cup with a fresh press and roasted cacao in the background

It’s been a good two months since I gave up coffee.  Surprisingly it was easier than I thought it would be, mind you,  I did switch to decaf a couple of months before I gave up the bitter brew.  

The only thing I miss about my morning cup of Joe is that dark bitter taste and the smell.  OMG, the smell of good freshly brewed coffee can make me curl my toes up with happiness.

I knew I had to have this feeling back and when I stumbled onto Cacao coffee at my grocery store it love at first sip.  

Bitter and pretty much caffeine free (it has tiny tiny amount of caffeine in it), I knew I was going to have to make it my own.

roasted cacao on a sheet pan to make cacoa coffee

This recipe is crazy simple. Seriously.  You just roast raw cacao nibs and then grind them in your coffee grinder.  

I added my two favorite ingredients – gelatin and heavy whipping cream and then I am in heaven for the next hour.

How to make this Cacao Coffee Recipe


ground cacao in a French press to make cacoa coffee

Recently, I started drinking this coffee substitute that is DIVINE! It’s herbal coffee with all the taste and none of the caffeine.

cocoa coffee
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Cacao Coffee Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

There is nothing like a hot cup of cacoa coffee which is so easy to make.



  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the cacao nibs in a thin layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Place in the oven and let cook for 15 - 18 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight jar.
  5. To make a cup of Cacao coffee, you will need 1 tablespoon of Cacao nibs per 1 cup of boiling water.
  6. Place the cacao nibs in your coffee grinder and pulse Four times for 2 seconds each. If you hold the button down you will get a powder. Remove and place in your french press and add boiling water.
  7. Let seep for 5 to 8 minutes.
  8. In your cup add your gelatin and splash of cold water and stir with spoon.
  9. Pour in your cacao coffee and add coconut oil and cinnamon.
  10. TIP: You can save your grounds and dry them out in the oven at 300 for 8 minutes and then grind them into a fine flour and use them in baking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Saturated Fat: 19gSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 7gProtein: 8g

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Erma E K Monie

Saturday 17th of April 2021

Hello! I am just now looking into this, I know - I know - I am way behind on this one, and I ran across your blog. I am wondering if in the years since writing this if you have tried roasting them in an Air Fryer Oven, and if so, at what temperature and for how long? I must admit to being addicted to my AFO! I like not having to heat up the house using my big oven much anymore!!!

Kelly Bejelly

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I haven't but that's a great idea. I would try the lowest temp and give check on them every 5 minutes to make sure they don't burn.


Monday 5th of October 2020

I've had to cut out coffee but really miss it so this is perfect. Thanks!

Megan Stevens

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

Wow, Kelly, this is super innovative and such a delicious recipe! Thank you for this great idea and how-to!


Thursday 1st of October 2020

This cacao coffee is a hug in a mug! Smooth herbal coffee and that delicious chocolate flavor! Yum!

linda spiker

Thursday 1st of October 2020

I don't drink coffee, so this is right up my alley!

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