Single-origin cacao from small family farms in Guatemala
Guatemala has a rich history connected to cacao, and the farms we work with are in the 'Laguna Lachua' region of north-central Guatemala. The area is home to Q’eqchi’ Maya families who rely on diverse crops, including cacao, for earning a livelihood.
We pay a premium price for a premium product. Our long-term relationship offers us consistently high-quality cacao, and the farm access to a stable and high value market so the farmers can earn a living wage. The farm is trained in high quality cacao bean production, from varietal selection to the fermentation & sun-drying process, keeping more value-added at the source and ensuring professional standards in growing & processing.
Our Cacao is Organically Grown, with no chemical additives!
The farm practices agroforestry, designed for water conservation & multi-crop propagation. They are fully certified organic, so all practices are in compliance with that.
The Cacao Process
The Farm has it's own cacao seedling nursery on-site. They select and propagate premium varietals, continually refining stock that is adapted to the local bio-region and producing the quality beans needed for ceremonial cacao. The nursery gives the farm increased self-sufficiency and control over the cacao produced.
Fermenting cacao beans is an essential step in the alchemical transformation of the raw cacao bean into ceremonial quality cacao. Fermentation is a lost art in much of the cacao world, and the modern revival blends this art with the best of science, to produce consistent protocols for optimizing each batch of cacao.
Fermentation requires a nuanced monitoring of natural sugar & moisture content, weather & heat and rotation protocols. Each batch is slightly different, so this vital step requires professional over-sight to do properly. The fermentation happens at the farm and through the protocol developed, they achieve a ‘well fermented’ status, based on the FCCI protocol.
After being fermented, the beans follow a sun-drying protocol that continues the alchemical transformation of the cacao. Through a mix of indirect sun in a solar dryer and direct sun in wooden boxes, the moisture content is brought down to a finished level. In this form, the cacao leaves the farm and heads to our chocolate shop.
Craft Made: Bean to Bar
We work closely with a bean-to-bar chocolate-maker who has a strong roots in the artisan chocolate world. The cacao is brought from the farming association to our chocolate shop where it is precision roasted, ground and packaged.
Alliance For International Reforestation (AIR) Guatemala
Our Non-Profit Partner
We love AIR's work because it blends ecological & social needs into sustainable livelihoods. Their work includes:
- Farmer Training
- Mudslide Prevention
- Education Programs
- School Scholarships
- Fuel Efficient Stoves
- Rural Micro-Business
See why our customers love to embue cacao into their lives.
"Not only have I developed a much deeper appreciation for cacao and all the benefits of this sacred plant medicine, I am now helping to guide others through their own transformations. This training was powerful, to say the least, and I have so much gratitude...that I had the opportunity to participate".Christi Into the Heart Participant
"YUM. Tastes great! A wonderful coffee replacement"Ashley Cacao Customer
"I didn’t expect the transformation it came with, and how deep the training would take my knowledge, and relationship with the medicine."Saydie Into The Heart Participant
"Really great quality. Taste is amazing! So rich and nourishing. You can tell it's made with love. Helps me tune in and feel connected to Mother Earth. I want to drink this every day!"Morgan Cacao Customer
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What is a cacao ceremony?
Humans have considered cacao a sacred plant for thousands of years. Now you can join the modern rediscovery of this plant and experience the benefits for yourself.Benefits of Ceremonial Cacao
Deeper Heart Opening and Love
Amazing Meditation or Spiritual Practice
Inspiration & Creativity
When consumed in sufficient quantity and in the right setting, cacao is a powerful catalyst for all types of inner work. In a cacao ceremony, we work with this plant medicine to support our healing & growth. When approached this way, cacao will offer opportunities to cultivate greater self-love, awareness and expansion of our consciousness.
Cacao pairs beautifully with many other practices, including meditation, yoga, dance, community circle's and shamanic journeying, among others.