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  • Flavor Notes Found Naturally in the Cocoa Bean
  • Crio Brü

Vega Reál™

0.80 LBS
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Product Description

Vega Reál
with flavor notes of strawberries and citrus
found naturally in premium cocoa beans from
Dominican Republic

Described as paradise by Christopher Columbus, the Vega Reál is one of the most fertile valleys in the Dominican Republic. Translated as “Royal Meadow,” this lush, tropical garden found in the mountain highlands nurtures the finest cacao plants. The earthy-toned beans are harvested at the peak of freshness and then crafted to reveal a luxurious, complex flavor that hints of red berries and dark spice with a wonderful cocoa aroma. These incredible natural flavors come to life when you brew a cup of Vega Reál, made from 100% pure, perfectly roasted cocoa beans.

Vega Reál
[Vey-guh Rey-awl]

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 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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  1. A Fall Favorite

    Posted by Lisa on 4th Nov 2013

    Vega Reál is an awesome product. While I am a real Cavalla fan I like to switch back and forth between the two. The spicy notes in this blend just seem to fit with the fall season. I have been known to add a dash of pumpkin spice creamer to it and there you have a perfect cup of the fall season!

  2. Another good one

    Posted by Pam on 26th Apr 2013

    I just like them all. I use a french press and the grind is perfect. I sometimes combine it with ground coffee which can give it a wonderful rich flavor. Just a little heavy whipping cream (and I mean a little) turns this decadent.

  3. Good Stuff

    Posted by Unknown on 11th Apr 2013

    This has a great flavor. One of my favorites.

  4. Better than coffee substitute

    Posted by Library Momma on 19th Mar 2013

    I tried Crio Bru at a trade show and was skeptical until I took my first sip. Then I fell in love. Since I gave up coffee several months ago (and off and on for the past two years) I have searched for a coffee substitute. With Crio Bru, I found something infintely better than coffee. It's sweet enough to drink alone and even better with just a touch of coconut creamer and agave syrup. When I brew it, my kitchen fills with the aroma of chocolate, and it far surpases coffee in taste. It gives me a nice boost of energy without the crash I get with coffee, and I don't miss any of the other negative effects that I experience when I drink coffee, either. Thank you, Crio Bru, for this delicous drink.

  5. I've never tasted anything like it! Very different, very good.

    Posted by Linda on 11th Mar 2013

    I've never tasted anything like it. It was delicious. It smelled like chocolate, but tasted more like a tantalizing combination of coffee and chocolate. Very different, very good. I can't wait to try all the other flavors I bought. And your Doctor will love how good all those anti-oxidants and magnesium are for your heart and muscles, rather than all that caffeine. If you haven't tried the chocolate covered cocoa beans yet, they are awesome.

  6. Amazing Beverage!

    Posted by Ivan on 5th Mar 2013

    At the chocolate expo on Navy Pier, we sampled this; and, even though it was bitter when tasted without sweetener, it intrigued us enough to buy some. Since then, we drink it often in the late afternoon. A bit of sugar or sweetener softens the bitterness and one can add a dash of milk. The aroma is fragrant and delightful and the finish is like that of a fine port wine---lingering for hours!

  7. Love It

    Posted by Debbie Love on 1st Mar 2013

    Criollo Bru is the perfect replacement for coffee and so much better for you.

  8. My favorite flavor!

    Posted by RDH on 6th Feb 2013

    I have tried many of the Crio flavors just since Christmas, and Vega Real is my favorite of all! I drink it straight.

  9. The Best One...Vega Real

    Posted by Unknown on 31st Jan 2013

    This one is by far my favorite. I don't need sweetener or cream. TRY THIS ONE!!!

  10. Life Changing!

    Posted by DjTracid on 28th Jan 2013

    I know, I know... It sounds totally dramatic - how can a drink be "life changing?" Well... I used to be a big coffee drinker, drinking all day, every day - in my 20's I even worked at a coffee shop drinking as much espresso as I could possibly press... So, while I don't know if this was WHY, I'm sure it didn't help - in my late 20's I developed a heart condition. In the last 3 years, I've had 3 surgeries to correct it and I was told I really needed to lay of the caffine. I haven't had a soda, or a cup of coffee in 3 years and it's really very frustrating! However, I learned when I do drink caffene, my heart goes crazy (even post surgery). Well, I heard about Crio Bru on the radio and got some and took it to my doctor - he said he did't think there should be anything wrong, but if I have an episode obviously I can't have it again... Well, I've been drinking it for the last 2 weeks and no episodes! I'm down 5 lbs, AND I love it MORE than coffee!

I have found when I use a fat free Hazelnut creamer, it's like drinking liquid Nutella, which is about the most awesome thing I could ever imagine! I'm so happy having found this!!! It's not a coffee alternative - Coffee is lesser Crio Bru alternative! 

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