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How to Prepare a Perfect Cup of Keith's Cacao

Keith's Cacao Basic Recipe

  • There are infinite possibilities for crafting the perfect cup of Keith's Cacao. We encourage experimentation and creativity. You can begin with this simple, basic recipe, and add other ingredients you enjoy if you wish to. 
  • Every individual is unique, and your body will be the ultimate guide to the ratios and proportions that work best for you. Keith's Cacao is powerful stuff, so take your time, test, and tune in to what your body wants. The measurements in this recipe are guidelines from Keith's intuitive guidance and personal practice. When you are ready, you may consider Keith's prescribed "ceremonial dose" of 42g (1.5oz). See the dosage guide below for more.


  • 28g (1oz) of Keith's Cacao
  • 200ml (7oz) of hot water  
  • Sweetener (such as maple syrup) and spices (consider, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, vanilla) to taste.
  1. Using a stove or kettle, warm the water, add the Cacao and your spices of choice. Use a hand blender or whisk to smooth it together. Pour it into your favorite mug and enjoy! 
  2. Alternatively, pour the warm water over your Cacao, starting with a small amount so you can stir it together and create a paste. Take your time to whisk the water and Cacao together and create a smooth blend. Once you have created a paste, fill your cup, and add spices and sweetener to taste. Sip, enjoy, and let Keith's Cacao Bring on Your Magic. 


  • It's best to use water that is not scorching hot! Take it off the heat before it boils and let it cool for a minute before blending it with your Cacao. Finger warm water is a good guide.
  • For a smoother, creamier drink, make a paste first or use a blender to combine all the ingredients. 

There is no right way to prepare Cacao, there is only your way!

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Srimanju Katragadda likes to add cinnamon, paprika, or lion's mane to her cup

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Adriana Jimenez sometimes throws in sage-steamed nutmeg, turmeric, sea salt & marigold into the blend

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Jo de Rosa adds homemade cashew milk for a very creamy and luxurious texture

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Samara Hana's preferred additions to her Cacao drink are tahini and dates!

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Deb Jennings has created a recipe which includes rose tea, spices, honey and plant-based creamer

How to Chop and Store your Cacao

  • Each block of Keith's Cacao is its own work of art! You will likely see a beautiful configuration of whitish lines throughout your Cacao block. This is the natural separation of the Cacao butter from the Cacao mass that occurs in non-tempered Cacao and is called bloom. Bloom is the sign of a minimally processed product. Plus it can make breaking down your Cacao brick much easier.
  • How you chop your block will depend on your available kitchen equipment, personal preference, and your relationship to the process.

Options include:

  1. Use a sharp, heavy knife to slice small pieces or shave into small slivers. 
  2. Break it into small chunks and grind it into a fine powder using a food processor, blender, or Nutribullet. 
  • After you have broken your block of Cacao, store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place to preserve its freshness. A dry cupboard or kitchen pantry is perfect!

Dosage Guide

Recommended Dosages

  • 0.3-0.4 oz (8.5-11g) for dreaming or lucid dreaming, taken mid-sleep cycle.
  • 0.4-0.75 oz (11-21g) for sensitive or long-term Cacao drinkers.
  • 3/4 oz (21g) twice a day for cardiovascular long-term health uses, such as high blood pressure or clearing arterial deposits. Switch to just 15g
    twice a day after six months.
  • 1 oz (28g) for meditation or to assist creativity.
  • 1.2 oz (34g) for mild aerobic activities like yoga, dancing, cardio, or general gym workouts.
  • 1.5 oz (42.5g) for the standard ceremonial dose (for inner work).
  • Up to 2 oz (57g) for an upper-limit ceremonial dose, especially if you are large-bodied. Note that about 5% of average drinkers will get nauseous (sick) if they consume this much at one time. We do know of some massive bodybuilders who take 4oz (113g) before an intense workout!

When to Take Cacao

  • Regarding timing, Cacao's strongest effects typically last between 4 and 5 hours. Many can feel the impact of Keith's Cacao begin immediately. If you are on an empty stomach, you will typically feel some buzz within 20-30 minutes, while 45 minutes after ingestion is when the full effects occur.  
  • Some people prefer taking a typical day's Cacao dose as two separate portions, perhaps an ounce each, taken several hours apart. Or they take the second dose just as they begin to taper from the first ounce, which can be highly beneficial for an entire day-long of focus holding for activities such as hiking, creativity, or workplace productivity. If Cacao is taken with a meal, it has a slower assimilation speed, which means that the effects are felt a little slower but can be spread further over time. Taking Cacao in this way is perfect for an entire day of soulful work!
  • A dose of +28g taken after about 6 pm may keep some people awake until late; drink responsibly!

More About Keith's Cacao

Keith's Cacao is the world's original Ceremonial Cacao. You can find out more about how and why Keith Wilson founded Keith's Cacao and became the catalyst for modern-day Ceremonial Cacao movement here.

Keith Wilson has written extensively on all things Cacao. You can find excerpts of his deep and broad knowledge and wisdom on our Blog.

For a wealth of interesting and informative videos visit our YouTube channel.

Keith's Cacao offers a wide variety of Ceremonial Grade Cacao-fueled experiences designed to help you learn and grow more connected to Ceremonial Cacao and yourself. Find the perfectonline experience for you!

Got questions? Go to our Frequently Asked Questions Page. Any further queries can be submitted to our Support Team at info@keithscacao.com.

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