Don’t get us wrong, we used to have a coffee habit. Like many of you we couldn't start our day without our morning cup. And then we would have another, and another and by the end of the day we were jittery, crashing messes. But we put up with it because coffee has its benefits. Who doesn’t want to perk up and focus throughout the day?

Five years ago though, we started looking for an alternative to coffee. The insomnia, nervousness and restlessness were outweighing all the good bits of coffee. We wanted a hot beverage alternative that was just as satisfying, tasted great and made me feel energized and clean - without the insomnia and anxiety.

Long story short, this is why Boca exist today, but we’d like to share with you why we chose cocoa. What made us give up our daily perk-me-up cup of coffee for a cup of cacao?

BOCA presents the #11DaysWithoutCoffee challenge this January to start into the new year the right way.

1. Boca Cacao Is Happiness

Cacao Is A Natural Mood Elevator & Antidepressant

There is a reason women reach for chocolate at certain times of the month. It not only taste great but cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven ‘bliss’ chemicals - serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression. What a great way to start the morning eh?

2. Boca Cacao Improves Your Energy Levels

We Call it The Boca Effect

This was the first thing I looked for - I wanted a drink that would improve my energy levels without all the nervousness. Raw cacao contains natural stimulants comparable to caffeine. Because we don’t process our beans and only roast them very lightly, it doesn’t lose all its natural goodness, allowing you to benefit from it. Which brings me to…

3. Boca Cacao Enhances A Glowing Skin

Pure cacao doesn't just make you happy but may improve your skin.

Researchers at Germany’s Heinrich Heine University exposed chocolate eaters to ultraviolet light and found that after six weeks, they had 15 percent less skin reddening than those who did not eat it. “We believe the compounds in chocolate act as UV filters,” says study leader Wilhelm Stahl. After 12 weeks, the chocolate eaters’ skin was 16 percent denser and 42 percent less scaly. Concerned about it causing acne? Researchers at Australia’s University of Newcastle reviewed the evidence and found nothing to suggest that chocolate triggers blemishes

4. Boca Cacao Nourishes Your Body

Cacao has tremendous health benefits

The benefits of cacao are truly fantastic: it can improve your memory, increase your bliss, reduce heart disease, boost immunity and create loads of energy.

The Incas considered it the drink of gods, an association that gave rise to the scientific name of the cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao, from the Greek words theo (god) and broma (drink).

Here are just a few health benefits of Boca cacao:

Cacao Is Full of Magnesium For A Healthy Heart & Laser-Sharp Clarity And Focus

Magnesium is one of the most deficient mineral in the Western world, which is probably why our doctors are constantly trying to get us to get more of it in our diets. Raw Organic Cacao is one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium. Each cup of Boca Cocoa contains heart healthy Magnesium which helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.

Cacao Is Full Of Antioxidants & Iron

I don’t usually expect my hot beverage to also infuse me with antioxidants and iron, but with raw cacao, it comes as a much welcome added benefit. Imagine drinking over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries in one cup? Or getting a whopping 7.3mg of iron per 100g of cacao?

Drinking Boca Cocoa enhances your health, is a great stimulant and is sourced in a fair and sustainable way. Why not start your day with a drink that perks you up, taste amazing and is a healthy indulgence?

Cacao Contains More Calcium Than Cow's Milk

Yup. You read that right. If you’re in need of a calcium boost, a 100 g square of raw cocoa contains 160mg of calcium. Compare that to the 120mg per 100 ml that milk contains, it’s a hands-down winner.

5. Boca Cacao Connects

Be part of the Boca Tribe

BOCA cacao empowers a new generation of global nomads striving for a conscious, healthy lifestyle by offering a strong natural alternative stimulant in food, drink and drug consumption. Therefore we start into the year together with the #11DaysWithoutCoffee challenge, switching from coffee to cacao.

If you want to be part of the movement, get you first Boca package now and check our Instagram & Facebook account.

Let us go on this magical cacao journey together.