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Golden milk is not actually milk at all, at least not in the dairy sense. The traditional method of making this elixir is to melt a paste of turmeric and water into a cup of coconut milk and oil. Golden milk is the difference between simple consumption and full-absorption, as the ancient way would have it before supplements were manufactured.
Our take on this traditional elixir was inspired by a local folk artist in the Asheville area named Rob Seven. Known for his creative concoctions of language, characters and curiosities, we stumbled upon his goji berry carvings and were inspired to integrate this antioxidant rich berry into into our golden paste.
For centuries turmeric has been valued for its medicinal properties, however, in the western world it is rarely consumed. Referred to as the "spice of life," golden milk has the potential to change that in our country.
Golden milk is an ancient way of experiencing the benefits of turmeric with helpful fat included. Turmeric is fat-soluble, due to an active ingredient called curcumin, so in order to make the most of it, you must take it with fat!
Also, adding a pinch of black pepper to turmeric enhances curcumin's bioavailbility by 1,000 times, due to black pepper's hot property called piperine.
An infused honey is the fusion of honey and plant matter. You can consume it as medicine from a spoon, smear it on toast, drizzle over cereal or ice cream, or add it to tea or tincture.
The "Root Down" is a blend of nature's finest and familiar. We batch infuse using a slow and cold method. Later, when the plant matter is extracted, we are left with a vibrant orange syrup that can be shaken with spring water and served iced or hot.
In North America, the honeybee we know today was an import, brought with European settlers in the 17th century. The settlers who brought the bee here clearly understood her value. Yet at some point American culture came to doubt the medicinal quality of honey. Despite our forgetfulness here in the West, the worldwide use of honey as medicine has continued uninterrupted since ancient times.
Read more about the history of honey here!
In those early days it appears that coffee was prepared in two ways; one in which the decoction was made from the hull and the pulp surrounding the bean, and the other from the bean itself. The roasting process came later and is an improvement generally credited to the Persians.
Coffee Pura Vida connects us back to the early roots of coffee production, pre roasting era. It also questions our dependency on this plant as a society, who carries a lack of education around the history and aesthetics of the plant itself.
The concept of "whole foods" speaks loudly to us so we explored what coffee in its more natural state provides for the body. Green coffee, in its whole food form, contains a nutrient dense and antioxidant rich meal for the nervous sytem. The energy is clean and undisturbed by a spike and a crash. Being lightly processed vs a full-bodied fermentation, green coffee has a mild earthy taste and is commonly consumed today as a supplement or as a powder whisked into beverage form.
To localize our efforts we ethically forage reishi mushrooms and chicory root right here in town from the summer into fall. We then decoct these plants in local spring water for several hours until we have a nutrient dense broth that tastes almost identical to a dark roast coffee. We then whisk the green coffee powder into this decoction, thus creating a hot and steamy cup of old school medicine that predates the prejudice of the church.
The coffee plant, which was discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th century, has a white blossom that smells like jasmine and a red, cherry like fruit. Coffee reached North America in 1668 and soon after the first coffee house opened in 1669 in New York City.
The coffee plant is said to have had its rise in the classical period of Arabian medicine. A native of Raj in Persian Irak by the pen name of Razi (850-922) was the first to treat medicine in an encyclopedic manner. He is also said to be the first writer to mention coffee. A philosopher and astronomer, who followed the doctrines of Galen and sat at the feet of Hippocrates, he used the quaint language of Dufour to explain the medicinal qualities of coffee here:
As to the choice thereof, that of a lemon color, light, and of a good smell, is the best; the white and the heavy is naught. It is hot and dry in the first degree, and, according to others, cold in the first degree. It fortifies the members, it cleans the skin, and dries up the humidities that are under it, and gives an excellent smell to all the body.