Mayan Superdrink & Healthy Coffee Alternative

Trying to reduce your coffee intake but haven't found a satisfying substitute yet? ~ Capomo is caffeine-free, aromatic, full-bodied, and nutrient-dense.

Many ways to enjoy your Capomo


1 tsp - 1 tbsp per cup ~ depending on the desired darkness;

also, the longer you let it steep/ simmer the darker it will get

  • Just as coffee: in the coffee machine ~ use coffee filter and boiling water

  • Easy: directly in the french press ~ add boiling water, steep for 5 - 15 min

  • For richer flavor: on the stove ~ add water and simmer slowly for 1- 20 min, strain and enjoy

  • Quick & strong: in the espresso machine ~ use only 3/4 amount of what you would use for expresso as capomo expands more!

     Make Capomo café, ice cap, latte, hot chocolate, smoothies ~ any time of the day.

Find capomo recipes on my blog!

CAPOMO – Maya Nut


Capomo is a highly nutritious superfood, rich in fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, B, C, and E, antioxidants and complete amino acids. The ratio of calcium to magnesium in Capomo is optimal for calcium absorption.


Capomo has been used traditionally by native people and healers to treat a wide variety of ailments including colitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, asthma, infertility and lactation problems. Chemical studies of the roasted, ground seed have showed that Capomo is extremely high in anti-inflammatory compounds.


Maya nut is not a true nut. It has been tested and proven by the FDA to contain no toxic alkaloids or allergens. It is not affected by aflatoxins and is 100% gluten and caffeine free. It has a low (<29) Glycemic Index, indicating it is ok for diabetics or those on a low carbohydrate diet.


Maya Nut was one of the most common tree species in the neotropics. We estimate that only 5% of the original Maya Nut forest cover remains. What remains of the Maya Nut forests is critically important for biodiversity, water quality and supplies and as a source of nutritious, climate-change resistant food for animals and humans. Per acre Maya nut provides 100 times more nutrition than corn. It is truly a “lifesaving” tree.

Information from the Maya Nut Institute




Ancient Mayan Superfood from the Rainforest


It has also been called the Anti-Coffee: while it looks and somewhat tastes like coffee, Capomo is a caffeine-free super drink that replenishes and relaxes the body – so it has the opposite effect of coffee. While coffee gives only the illusion of energy (for a few minutes) and leaves you and your adrenals depleted (what you experience in the crash little time after), Capomo nourishes, grounds and provides sustained energy. High in minerals, anti-oxidants and amino acids, it supplies your body with the nutrients that it desperately craves. Capomo is even incorporated in addiction recovery treatment, because it increases the production of serotonin in the body, the happiness molecule. It is also used for detoxification as well as increasing nutrients and milk flow for breast feeding women.


Wild harvested and slow processed


Capomo is so precious to me, after having seen the tropical forests where it comes from, met the people that harvest it, and witnessed the time consuming process of creating it. Capomo is called the 'Maya Nut', while it is actually the seed of the tall tree brosimum alicastrum native to Latin America and the Carribean. The seed is wrapped in a green fruit that is a delicious meal for the birds. When the seed has fallen to the forest floor and the green fruit has come off, you can see the unimposing brown shell that protects the precious seed. After collection of the seeds, the harvest gets spread out on a tray and dried by the sun. Removing the shell is a more challenging step and I’ve witnessed different techniques like walking on it or putting the capomos in a bag and hitting it on the ground. The freed seeds will be put in a stone oven to get roasted by the fire. After having been cooled down they are run through a grinder. Then the capomo grounds get roasted again in a big pan over an open fire till they are nice and dark to perfection.


Delicious and versatile


Capomo has been a staple food for the Mayans. The seeds can be boiled and eaten in form of a salad, stir-fry, soup, ground and fried as tortillas or baked as cookies. The seeds can also be ground finer and only slightly roasted what is then called capomo flour. This fiber rich, protein rich, gluten free flour is a delicious ingredient for baking all kinds of delicacies from Capomo brownies to cakes. I love in particular the combination of capomo with cacao, maca and cinnamon.


Forgotten food threatened by deforestation and replaced by cash crops


Only two generations ago the indigenous people used capomo as they are using corn today. The family that is making our extra dark roast of Capomo, told us that their parents used to make capomo tortillas and cookies. It was normal to make use of this perfect food that nature provided for the people in the surrounding forests. Today, it has been almost forgotten by the grandchildren. The forests are less and less valued and the market is dominated by the demand for corn, wheat, soy and coffee. Educating about the value of capomo as delicious and nutrient dense food as well as its value for the ecosystem that it is part of, could make a difference in preserving the forests.


Not just a coffee replacement but a real food


I highly recommend you give this special superfood a try. I am not even a coffee fan, but I just LOVE my Capomo. It is so relaxing, grounding and comforting for me. I’m craving the dark, earthy, soft taste and there’s no day that I’m without it :-) I love the story and the tradition behind it, I love that it is an ancient food and I love how it makes me feel. I am envisioning a capomo culture where people relax over a cup of Capomo Mojo, take time to connect, share stories, fuse traditions and create new ones. This running and rushing, pushing oneself to achieve more, stressing and fearing, never good enough – is not true to our real nature and for sure not healthy. Culture is connected to food and food brings people together.

I tell ya – Capomo is the new mojo!

Christiane Panesar, Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant