Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Upriver Nitro Cacao?
A: Upriver Nitro Cacao is a line of plant-based, nitrogen-infused functional cacao beverages that energize and uplift the body and mind. We harness the power of cacao (theobromine, magnesium, antioxidants & neurotransmitters) so that you can enjoy your personal cacao ceremony anywhere and anytime you choose.


Q: What is a cacao ceremony?
A: Cacao ceremonies are a type of shamanic healing, but they don’t have hallucinogenic or “out of body” effects. Cacao ceremonies are rooted in helping to re-balance the energies within us. Many different cacao ceremonies exist today. Some will lead you on a journey of dance, while others will center around meditation and inner reflection. Oftentimes, cacao ceremonies will involve a group of people sitting in a sacred circle praying and setting intentions. Each person shares what they want to let go of and also what they would like to call into their hearts. The ceremony ends in dance allowing the cacao to activate within the heart and body and create transformation. In this way, cacao enables us to listen to our true self, work through blockages and past traumas, and integrate any hidden energy within, ultimately helping us align with who we truly are.


Q: Are your beverages perishable or shelf stable?
A: All of our beverages are perishable and require refrigeration.

Q: Are your beverages caffeine free?
A: While our beverages are not caffeine free, they are low in caffeine, making for a great alternative to your afternoon coffee.

Q: Are your drinks vegan?
A: All of our products are vegan.

Q: How do you say cacao?
A: Cacao’s phonetic spelling is /kəˈkɑːəʊ/. You can listen to a pronunciation here.

Q: What is the difference between cacao and cocoa?
A: Cacao is simply the raw form of cocoa, before the bean gets roasted and processed.

Q: What is theobromine?
A: Theobromine is a heart stimulant, vasodilator and an active ingredient in cacao.

Q: How is cold brew cacao made?
A: Similar to cold brew coffee, cold brewing cacao consists of soaking coarsely ground cacao beans in room temperature water for an extended period of time, usually 12 hours or longer. The combination of low water temperature and extended steeping period allows for the cacao bean’s complex, subtle flavor notes notes to shine without extracting as much of the bitterness that traditionally accompanies raw cacao beans.

Q: Why do you use sea salt?
A: Salt has been found to neutralize bitter flavors more effectively than even sugar. We also just love the flavor of dark chocolate and sea salt together.


Q: Where do you source your sea salt from?
A: Our sea salt is sourced from Australia and is certified authentic, Optically Clean® and organic compliant. First, it’s solar evaporated from salt ponds, made white by the sun and the sea. Then, it’s carefully crushed and screened to size. Finally, it’s run through our supplier’s proprietary Optically Clean® technology in their state-of-the-art facility. Every step of the process guarantees the purity of the salt, while protecting the unique characteristics of each grain. The sea salt we use is simple and pure and contains no additives, allergens, or anti-caking agents.