Tea shells

04 : 01 : 2016 Tea : The Husk Mill : Cacao Bean

Australia – The Husk Mill has created a variety of delicate teas by steeping cacao bean husks.

  • The tea is made using the outer shell of the cacao bean, which is normally discarded
  • The result is a caffeine-free drink containing a high level of antioxidants
The Husk Mill, Australia The Husk Mill, Australia
The Husk Mill, Australia The Husk Mill, Australia
The Husk Mill, Australia The Husk Mill, Australia
The Husk Mill, Australia The Husk Mill, Australia

The Husk Mill has created a variety of nutritious chocolate-flavoured teas by brewing the outer shells of the cacao bean. The founders, seeking to repurpose the typically discarded product and elevate its health benefits, noticed a gap in the market for a healthy alternative to coffee and sweets. Although caffeine-free, cacao and its husk contain theobromine, which helps to release endorphins, giving a pleasant buzz throughout the day.

To produce the tea, the beans are harvested and dried, and then poured into a winnowing machine, which separates the husks from the beans. The result is a beverage rich in antioxidants, potassium and magnesium.

The Big Idea

The husk is becoming a sought-after ingredient. For more on how brands are elevating humble ingredients, read our seed, The Whole Fruit.