Choffy Talk

Drink antioxidant-rich cacao to start your day

You've tried to part ways with coffee, only to fall back into the same love-hate relationship.

Time to take a new morning lover: Choffy drinking chocolate, and more specifically, the brand's newest offering, Ivory Coast Dark ($15 for 12 ounces), made from 100 percent cacao.

Choffy roasts its beans in small batches to ensure freshness. Benefits of cacao include antioxidants and polyphenols that can aid with digestion. It also contains theobromine, a natural, gentle, slow-releasing stimulant that won't give you the same midafternoon hangover as caffeine.

And perhaps most important, you'll be smitten with the delicious, easy-to-prepare brewed chocolate. After steeping for five minutes in a French press, our cup of IC Dark was smooth and rich. Because the drink contains no sugar or sweeteners (or dairy or chemicals, for that matter), don't expect a traditionally sweet hot chocolate, though.

We can attest that Choffy's complexity is alluring. Go ahead and write your joe a "Dear John."