With a star-studded list of superfood ingredients, our Taka Turmeric Golden Cacao brings thrilling new flavours to the hot chocolate experience. At the heart of this luxurious blend is creamy, decadent coconut. Next, come layers of chocolate, cacao and Ceylon cinnamon. Finally, Ayurvedic turmeric joins maca, peppers and Himalayan pink salt in an exotic encore of subtle flavours.
This deliciously addictive cacao hot chocolate drink is incredibly easy to make. The secret is to blend 2 teaspoons of Golden Cacao in a mug with a little hot water. Stir the mixture until it turns into a smooth paste. Top up your mug with steaming hot milk and give the cacao a gentle stir. For decadent, chocolate bar sweetness, add a little sugar or honey to taste.
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Finding the perfect ingredients for our deliciously smooth powdered drinks was quite a challenge! Our organic coconut milk powder is specially blended in Vietnam.
Our Vietnamese experts have developed a coconut milk powder recipe that contains:
The result is an exquisitely rich coconut milk powder that can be easily reconstituted into a delicious drink. Smooth and wholesome, our coconut milk powder is packed with oils that boost the natural properties of curcumin, one of the bioactive compounds in turmeric.
Cocoa is the prime ingredient of all authentic chocolate bars and cocoa drinks. Cocoa powder is made from the beans that grow in large pods on the Cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao. Cocoa trees are believed to have originated deep in the rainforests of Central and South America.
Drinks made from cocoa beans are known to have been sacred to the Mayan and Aztec civilisations. One of the first Europeans to experience the delectable taste of cocoa was the Spanish conquistador, Hernán Cortés. Cortés and his conquistadores were served cocoa by Montezuma when the Spanish encountered the Aztecs in 1519.
Cocoa beans are roasted to develop their sweetness and depth of flavour. We’ll leave you to imagine the luxurious taste of the organic cocoa that we’ve selected for our chocolate flavoured drinks.
Cacao and cocoa are different names for the same beans. Cacao beans are harvested from the large pods that grow on the Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) tree. After harvesting, the beans are meticulously sun dried, ready for export and processing.
The main difference between cacao and cocoa is that cacao is left in its natural, raw state, rather than being roasted at a high temperature. This helps to retain cacao’s high level of essential nutrients and intense chocolate flavour.
We’ve selected top-quality, organic cacao to intensify the flavour of our exquisite, Golden Cacao chocolate drink.
In our Taka Turmeric tea recipes, we use 100% organic Ceylon cinnamon. This sustainably grown spice is made from rolled quills of Cinnamomum verum bark. Cultivated mainly in Indonesia, this true form of cinnamon is famous for its delectable aroma and flavour.
Cinnamon is a deliciously fragrant, woody spice that’s often associated with festive treats like Christmas cakes and mulled wine. In India, cinnamon is an Ayurvedic spice that forms one of the main ingredients of Garam Masala.
Ceylon cinnamon adds subtle warmth and complexity to many of our spiced tea recipes.
Maca (Lepidium meyenni) is native to the Peruvian Andes, where it evolved to thrive in poor soils at altitudes as high as 3500 metres.
This curious root is also known as Peruvian Ginseng. Local legends report that Inca warriors used to feast on maca to boost their strength before going into battle. The legends also claim that maca had aphrodisiac effects which made the warriors uncontrollable after victory.
Our organic maca powder imparts a nutty flavour and a malty sweetness to some of our most popular drinks.
The ginger plant, Zingiber officinale, is a close relative of turmeric. In both plants, it’s the roots that are used to make the delicious organic spices that flavour our Taka teas, drinks and supplements.
Ginger is a spice with long history – it plays a particularly important role in traditional Ayurvedic healing. Although ginger is recorded as being widely used in ancient India and the Far East, the spice was introduced to Europe by the Romans in the first century AD.
Ginger has a hot, stimulating flavour. When paired with a little lemon, ginger makes a deliciously comforting tea that lifts the spirits. Our Golden Ginger blend is a particularly tasty example!
Himalayan pink salt is believed to have been formed in dried ocean beds dating back to the early Jurassic era. At this time, the Earth was populated by dinosaurs like the Ichthyosaurus and Plesiosaurus.
The vast beds of salt lay covered and protected by volcanic larva and thick layers of ice for around 200 million years. As time passed, trace elements and minerals changed the colour of the pure salt crystals from white to delicate pink.
Eventually, the pristine, pink salt was discovered in the north of Pakistan, close to the Himalayan mountain ranges. Now, we’re delighted to be able to use this incredibly pure salt to season some of our most delicious Taka products!
There are various types of pepper which can be used to add warming flavours to foodstuffs and drinks. In our Taka tea recipes, we use the crushed, dried corns of Piper nigrum.
The hot, spicy flavour of black pepper comes from a natural compound called piperine. As well as making our spiced teas deliciously moreish and stimulating, piperine also has a special digestive synergy with turmeric.
Along with turmeric, our signature ingredient, you’ll find a warming pinch of black pepper in all of our Taka spiced tea recipes.
Cayenne pepper takes its name from the capital city of French Guiana in South America. Cayenne is a coastal city, built where the Cayenne river joins the Atlantic Ocean. Just like its country of origin, cayenne pepper has a dependable, consistent heat.
Individual cayenne peppers are the finger-shaped fruits of Capsicum annuum. As well as being widely available as a raw ingredient, cayenne pepper is also easy to find as a flaked or powdered spice.
Its consistent heat and rich depth of flavour makes cayenne pepper an incredibly popular ingredient for creating hot, spicy dishes. To add a little zing to our drinks and teas, we’ve added a tiny pinch of organic cayenne pepper to several of our Taka recipes!
Clove is one of the essential spices that seems to have been used since the dawn of civilisation. These familiar brown spikes are actually the dried flower buds of Syzygium aromaticum. Clove trees are thought to have originated on the Maluku Islands of Indonesia.
With each individual clove packing a powerful punch of flavour, clove is a spice that demands sensitive blending. With the balance just right, clove delivers an exhilarating zing of refreshment to a mix of complex spices.
Delicately balanced organic clove is a signature ingredient in our Taka Turmeric Golden Chai and other specialist teas.