The Husk Mill

THE HUSK MILL is a story of friendship

Cherylea and Elaina met in kindergarten, back in 1991. They went to class together, talked on the phone every night and went on family holidays together; they were inseparable.

Fast forward 24 years. After many years of friendship and blossoming careers, both Cherylea and Elaina found themselves faced with serious health issues. Cherylea was diagnosed with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, which made her highly sensitive to sulphites and Elaina was diagnosed with a rare auto immune disease. Both had to make huge changes to their outlook on life, lifestyle and diet.

How The Husk Mill was born

One night in November of 2014, after much debating over what they could or couldn’t eat or drink together, they settled on a cup of tea. Over this cup of tea the idea of finding a healthy and delicious beverage that was preservative-free and caffeine-free was born. Hours of research later and they had discovered what seemed like a exciting solution – cacao bean husks, steeped as a tea.

After further research and reading numerous studies it became clear that the husk of the cacao bean was everything they were looking for. Cacao husks are extremely high in antioxidants, as well as other minerals and vitamins, and are completely caffeine free! It was at this point that The Husk Mill was born.

Every day, Cherylea and Elaina enjoy a cup of their cacao tea and hope to share their special find with the world.

About the teas

what are cacao husks? 

Cacao Husks are the fibrous outer shells of the cacao bean, which when steeped make a lovely tisane. During the chocolate making process, cacao beans are harvested, fermented and dried. The beans are poured into a winnowing machine, where they’re cracked open and the nibs are separated from the husks. The husks we source are ethically grown without pesticides.

how does it taste?

The teas have been crafted to deliver a delicate, sophisticated cacao experience. One sip is subtly reminiscent of enjoying a  piece of quality dark chocolate – creamy, bitter and naturally sweet. It is a way to enjoy cacao in an entirely new way -you will enjoy flavours of cacao that you may not have experienced before. The teas leave you feeling light as they are 100 % natural.

how should I drink the husk mill’s teas and tisanes?

The range of teas have been designed to be enjoyed either black or with milk of your choice. We do, however, suggest a splash of milk and a sweetener to bring out the chocolate flavours in the tea. Steep one tablespoon in boiling water for about  6-7 minutes (or longer if you prefer). They can be enjoyed hot or cold.

where are the husk mill’s cacao teas made?

The Husk Mill handcraft all of their teas in Newtown, Sydney. They create their signature blends using high quality, single origin cacao beans and use the highest quality organic, preservative-free and additive-free ingredients.

Ukiyo Store is thrilled to have The Husk Mill in-store for you to try.

Three available blends include: Original, Rose and Coconut

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