Cocoa Manna brews like coffee but is 100% pure, fine, roasted cocoa. The taste is like a more robust, complex (and healthy!), almost red-winey hot cocoa. Cocoa Manna is vegan, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, low fat, low calorie, and packed with powerful antioxidants associated with more energy, a healthier immune system, and stress reduction. We roast and grind our cocoa by hand, in small batches, right outside of Culpeper, VA, and we take a lot of pride making every batch just right. Years of intense experience in chocolate, food, and tea has culminated in this delicious drink that continues to surprise us by somehow being all three at once. Karen, the mother figure here at Cocoa Manna, has spent a lifetime slowly teaching herself the art of flavors through roasting, braising, poaching, experimenting in the kitchen, baking fine pastries, and creating chocolates and candies. Fifteen years ago, she and her family opened a nursery, Morningside Farm & Nursery, which continues to bring the love of gardening to all its customers. You’d be surprised how much overlap there is between the food community and the plant community, especially in our little corner of Virginia. After these decades of experience with all sorts of flavors, Karen was introduced to the idea of brewing cocoa, an ancient and nearly lost but recently revived tradition passed down from the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec cultures of Mesoamerica. Karen has been a twice-a-day tea drinker for most of her adult life, and a chocolate eater as often as she could get ahold of it. So it was a match made in chocolate heaven when she found out she could brew cocoa like tea or coffee. Even better, Karen found that the variations, complexities, and subtleties of the dozens of different beans she tried rivalled wine in their terroir, which is the part of the flavor of a plant that comes from the earth in which it’s grown. Karen spent a year getting just the right beans into just the right process to make the best brewing cocoa she’d ever tasted. Now she brings that Manna to you. We hope you like it as much as we do.