Pure Ceremonial-Grade Cacao Of The Highest Integrity
Native Cacao Beans ~ Family Owned Farms ~ Peru (Chuncho Cacao) & Guatemala (Criollo Cacao) ~ 501c3 Non Profit ~ Established 2015 ~ Transparent Supply Chain ~ Beyond Fair Trade
What is ceremonial-grade cacao?
Native cacao beans
KAKAO sources 100% native, wild-crafted, organic cacao beans only. We go the extra mile to ensure our cacao isn't mixed with any other lower-grade, genitically altered, or hybridized cacao. We have direct relationships with the farmers from whom we source, ensuring our customers receive only the highest quality ceremonial cacao available. Our pure and signature blend are made from a cacao variety called cacao chuncho, which is native to Peru.
Unlike cocoa powder or the 'raw' cacao powders you find on your grocery store shelves, our KAKAO is stone ground using THE WHOLE BEAN. This means the cacao butter is included, resulting in a higher nutritional value and a higher concentration of the plant counpounds that elicit cacao's ceremonial effects.
Minimally processing using traditional methods
Due to our minimal processing, our cacao beans still contain most, if not all, of their beneficial compounds. Once harvested, our native cacao beans undergo fermentation, a natural process that cultivates their flavor profile and activates certain compounds. The beans are then roasted at low temperatures, cracked (winnowed), and stone ground by traditional means. We go the extra mile to food process our finished paste, resulting it a fine powder. This makes our customer's cacao ceremonies as simple as blending our KAKAO with hot water. No more chopping massive cacao blocks! Learn more here.
Made with intention
From tree to cup, our ceremonial-grade cacao is cultivated with intention. Our entire process is approached with reverence and repect for both the land and the people responsible for cacao's cultivation. Reciprocity is expressed at every step. Even our finished products are handled with care, out of respect for where they came, and respect for where they are going.