Sacred Mayan Ceremonial Cacao is REAL Criollo Cacao
The Criollo Ceremonial Cacao beans were prized by the Ancient Mayans because they are an ancient plant medicine, a heart opener, a consciousness facilitator and wise teacher.
Chocolate Yoga’s Sacred Mayan Ceremonial Cacao comes from surrounding areas of Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala. This cacao is the real deal. It is the prized cacao that the Ancient Mayans valued so highly, that they used it as currency. This cacao is the sacred Criollo variety, grown in the wild on mature trees and farmed without chemicals in the Guatemalan rainforest.
Sacred Mayan Cacao beans are hand selected by our amazing Chocolate Shaman who tunes into the beans to feel the presence the Ancient Mayan spirit. The beans are mildly fermented in the pod, extracted and lightly heated on a hot plate to kill any bacteria that may be present from the fermenting process and so the outer shell can be removed easily. The women then hand peel the beans and throw away any moldy ones – which is uncommon in cacao production. The beans are then transported to a antique mill that has only every been used for grinding cacao. As the whole beans are ground, the powder warms and forms into a paste. This paste is then poured into blocks and shipped directly to Chocolate Yoga.
The Criollo beans were prized by the Ancient Mayans because they are an ancient plant medicine, a heart opener, a consciousness facilitator and wise teacher. Chocolate Yoga’s Sacred Mayan Ceremonial Cacao promotes greater connection to the cosmos when used in ceremony and meditation. This is why we use it for Chocolate Yoga & Cacao Ceremonies! This connection is facilitated by the Cacao Spirit or Cacao Deva. Next time you have a dose of Sacred Mayan Ceremonial Cacao, try meditating and connecting to the plant spirit of Cacao. She can be beautiful, soft and gentle, yet potent and powerful.
The production of the cacao is a small, family run operation headed up by Keith the Chocolate Shaman and Isaias who we know personally. All farmers and workers are paid fairly for their work, so you know when you purchase Sacred Mayan Ceremonial Cacao from Chocolate Yoga that you are supporting fair trade, local farmers and families.
For more information about Sacred Mayan Ceremonial Cacao, check out the cacao blog: The Food For The Shift!