Coca River™ Ecuador Dark Roast,

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Coca River
Premium roasted cocoa with natural hints of
green banana and blackberries

Rising on the flanks of equatorial volcanoes, the Coca River winds through an emerald paradise in southern Ecuador until it feeds into the mighty Amazon. A village close to the Coca River, in a valley called Vilcabamba, is famous for the longevity of its people, many living more than a century. Nurtured in the black soil of this valley and the rich humidity of the cloud-covered rainforest, the Ecuadorian cacao bean produces the chocolatiest Crio Brü. This smooth, sweet and nourishing drink is accented by a perfumed floral scent and lovely floral tones, including a dominant green banana note, blueberries and jasmine.

Coca River
[Koh-kuh Riv-er]

Making Crio Brü is easy, whether in a coffee maker or French Press.

Cocoa is one of nature's superfoods, delivering heart-healthy nutrients that boost health and wellness.

Here is a list of some of the benefits of incorporating cocoa beans into your life:

Boost your immune system
  • Antioxidants fight oxidative damage and free radicals in the body. Cocoa contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world, including polyphenols, catechins, and epicatechins. By weight, cocoa has more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, açai, pomegranates, and goji berries combined. To see the ORAC USDA chart, visit our FAQs page.
  • Zinc plays a critical role in supporting your immune system, liver, pancreas and skin.
Increase energy naturally
  • Cocoa beans contain a natural stimulant called theobromine that is a relative of caffeine. Unlike caffeine, theobromine gives you a noticeable increase in energy without making you feel nervous or jittery. Cocoa naturally contains about 1% theobromine.
  • Theobromine is gentle, mild, has a slow onset, is long lasting and non-addictive whereas caffeine is intense, strong, fast acting, short lived and addictive.

Curb your appetite and lose weight

  • Cocoa is one of the great weight loss foods because within its extraordinary nutrition profile it contains the minerals and molecules that help curb appetite and promote weight loss.
  • Compared to soda, fruit juice and other drinks, Crio Brü has a nominal number of calories and only 1.5 carbs per serving with many health benefits making it a great addition to any health and fitness program.

Support your heart, digestive system, brain and bones

  • Cocoa has more magnesium that any other food, which supports the heart, aids digestion, balances brain chemistry and builds strong bones. Over 80% of Americans are chronically magnesium deficient.
  • Crio Brü is a 100% gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, fat free food.
Oxygenate the blood and maintain healthy blood sugar levels
  • The trace mineral manganese found in cocoa assists iron to oxygenate the blood and form hemoglobin.
  • Found naturally in cacao, copper helps build healthy blood.
  • Nearly 80% of Americans are deficient of the trace mineral chromium that helps promote a healthy blood sugar level. 
Feel great, increase focus, reduce stress and sleep better
  • An endorphin or “bliss chemical” called anadamide is produced by our body after exercise that makes us feel great. It has also been found in one plant – cacao. 
  • Our body produces the chemical phenylethylamine when we fall in love and increases focus and alertness. This natural chemical is also found abundantly in cocoa. 
  • Cocoa contains serotonin, a primary neurotransmitter in the body that helps build a “stress defense shield”.
  • Tryptophan is a natural anti-depressant amino acid contained in cocoa that transforms into stress-protective neurotransmitters that enhance relaxation and promote better sleep.

Adding Crio Brü to your daily diet will help you take advantage of the many nutrients and benefits native to the cocoa bean, enabling you to lead a healthier and happier life.

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  • 4
    This dark roast coffee is delicious and light.

    Posted by Jeannette on 12th May 2022

    I am trying to kick the coffee habit so the Coca River is not as strong to my taste. I am starting off with 1/2 coffee and 1/2 Criu Brew. Otherwise this is a delicious. healthful coffee alternative and my family likes it too!

  • 5
    Better Than Coffee...

    Posted by Erin Miller on 16th Mar 2018

    This past year, I found out my "seasonal allergies" that never went away, were actually an allergy to coffee. This sucked, because I would *almost* rather die than stop drinking coffee. I tried a few other coffee alternatives that were "meh" at best, before stumbling upon Crio Bru.

    I LOVE THIS STUFF more than coffee... This is one of the two flavors I have tried, and of the two, it is my favorite (though they are both delicious.)

    I love it so much, I sent two bags to my brother (who also suffers from "seasonal allergies" year round) for his birthday. When I told him it was better than coffee, he scoffed.... Until he tried it and I received a text that said, "I haven't had coffee all morning, this stuffs great!!"

    Highly recommend. Crio Bru service and shipping time was great too.

  • 5
    My favourite of the bunch

    Posted by Caleb Lee on 1st Sep 2014

    Cocoa River is my favourite of all the CrioBru Family, and all are fantastic. I am no longer dependent on Coffee. I find that I don't sweat as much, and don't have the lunchtime crash that I used to have when only drinking coffee.

  • 5
    Good Basic Chocolate Flavour

    Posted by Debora on 25th Feb 2014

    Cocoa River was my introduction to CrioBru and I think it will always be my favourite. It has a good down home chocolate aroma and flavour. I cannot have coffee- never really started drinking it anyway but I have been so happy to discover CrioBru. A warming drink with more pizzaz and body than herbal teas. I love the energy lift and the aroma as I drink it.

  • 5
    Excellent product!

    Posted by Unknown on 19th Feb 2014

    This is one of my favorites, always try to keep some around.

  • 5
    Great Dark Chocolate Taste

    Posted by Jen on 18th Jun 2013

    Rich, chocolately taste without being too sweet. Delicious, slightly bitter ending, just like dark chocolate. This is my favourite Crio Bru!

  • 5
    My favorite so far

    Posted by Sonia M. on 22nd Sep 2012

    I've enjoyed the Cavalla Dark and the Kabenau (Vega Real is next), and Coca River is so far my favourite. Perfection in a cup, so amazing it makes you want to get up earlier each morning so you can have more time to savour it quietly.

    Since I have switched to Crio, I no longer use creamer.

  • 5
    Cocoa River is Awesome

    Posted by Aaron on 3rd Sep 2012

    I have tried four of the six options. I have had the Cavalla Dark Roast, The Vega Real, Cocoa River and Sambirano. Of the four I have tried Cocoa River is my favorite.
    All of them are good mind you, very good and its nice to have a change so I will continue to buy the different varities but personally this is easily my favorite, and my wife's favorite too.

  • 5
    Love this product and flavour!

    Posted by Unknown on 27th Jul 2012

    I am a repeat customer for this flavour as well as the Cavalla. I love both of them. I can't say enough good things about the Crio Bru. I look forward to my "treat" every single evening. It is hard to believe that something so satisfying can be good for you too!