Cacao is a Superfood and not just a delicious sweet treat.
Holy KAKAO is a mood enhancer, ceremonial-grade 'chocolate' (100% whole-bean Cacao, free of nasties but full of love and high vibe).
Cacao is known as The food of the Gods (or Goddesses). This beautiful plant not only increase our Serotonin and Dopamine levels (the HAPPY hormones), but it is also known as heart-opening. Cacao teach us how to listen to our inner voice and encourages us to speak our truth no matter what that may be. It allows us to access our innate wisdom so that we may move towards a more full and abundant life
Some researches have shown that “Cacao (the non processed chocolate) also induces positive effects on mood and is often consumed under emotional stress. In addition, the high dosage of antioxidants and flavonoids preserve cognitive abilities during aging, lower the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease and decrease the risk of stroke in humans” (Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2013).
What is the difference between ordinary Cacao and Holy KAKAO?
First, let’s break down the difference between Cocoa and Cacao, because they often get mixed up. They might be spelled similarly, but they are definitely not the same in quality, so you always want to go with cacao.
“Cocoa powder has been roasted for long periods of time at high temperatures, which changes the molecular structure of the bean, lowering its naturally abundant nutritional value.
Cacao powder (although it may be organic, “raw” and a “superfood”) is also highly processed to commercial standards, removing the bean’s natural fat (cacao butter). This means that many living enzymes, healthy fat and most of the subtle energetic properties of cacao have been destroyed”. (by Medium.com)
Cacao vs KAKAO
The difference between regular cacao and Ceremonial KAKAO is the quality of the beans. The whole process is a ritual, when special attention is placed in each step, always prioritizing the quality over mass production, maintaining its unique flavor and therapeutic properties revered by ancient cultures.
Holy KAKAO is a paste of the highest grade made from Heirloom strains sourced from Premium Cacao Beans in Peru Amazon Region (in the native strain called 'Chuncho'). This is the part of the world where cacao grows natively finding the optimal conditions to produce amazing cacao beans. Holy KAKAO paste is manufactured from a single ingredient – cacao beans. They are fermented, lightly roasted or sundried, then ground down into the ceremonial paste that becomes solid at cooler temperatures. Unlike other cacao beans, ceremonial cacao is specifically produced from native cacao strains.
Holy KAKAO is PURE CACAO with all of its healthy nutrients and zero additives.
The healthy benefits of KAKAO
KAKAO offers amazing health benefits for your entire body! The Incas considered it the drink of gods, an association that gave rise to the scientific name of the cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao, from the Greek words theo (god) and broma (drink).
This “healthylicious” Amazonian superfood has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Yes 40 times! It has an amazing ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g, vs blueberries at a mere 2,400. ORAC scores measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals (that come from pollution and toxins in our environment), which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer.
“When we crave chocolate, what our bodies actually desire is the multidimensional, healing power of cacao’s medicine and the sacred self-love that is inherent when we take time to give ourselves real nourishment.”(by Medium.com)
The Kakao Process
The beans are extracted from the inside of the Cacao fruit which contains both the beans (seeds) and white pulp. The beans are separated from the pulp and left to ferment for 6-7 days. After fermentation, the beans are sun-dried for 3-4 days..
The Cacao Beans are then husked,Cacao Nibsare now formed, and ground to produceCacao Paste. During this process, part of the Cacao Paste is pressed to separate the Cacao Butterfrom what is now called the Cacao Cake. The Cake is then pulverized to become Cacao Powder - or pure Raw Cocoa, rich in all the nutrients and aroma of the Theobroma Cacao - Food of the Gods.
Because we care and you too, right?
Holy KAKAO is 100% organic, sustainably grown, fermented and roasted to perfection.
Several groups of organic farmers forming a cooperative cultivate the premium Theobroma Cacao in its native environment. These farmers have received training on how to cultivate the Cacao using only organic farming techniques without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Our local distributor has not only taught this community sustainable practices but also has been assisting them through a social responsibility program that supports schools for the children and better working conditions for the farmers including the donation of tools and workshops on sustainable agriculture techniques. We call it beyond organic.