What qualifies cacao as ceremonial grade. We believe it starts with the integrity of the cacao being indigenous to the country it’s growing in. That integrity, love and conscious effort to process the medicine as little and respectful as possible, with prayer fully retains the integrity and honours the plants consciousness, land and it’s people. All the way from the land, the plants roots and through to serving so that it may shine in it’s raw authentic beautiful truth.There are other strains now planted and growing in Peru, cultivated for mass production because of large seeds, higher yield potential, and resistance to bugs & bacteria.
Many challenges arise for farmers and the planet when man-made strains of cacao are planted and harvested in places that cacao is not naturally meant to grow. When non-native strains of cacao are grown in the same region as the native strains, the farmers are incentivized to focus on the non-native cacao harvest due to higher global demand and wage security, this resulting in the native strains now being considered endangered. Furthermore, the amount in which these man-made and/non native strains are being cultivated is having huge detriment on the soil which is one of the reasons Demetrio resisted investment and retaining the integrity of the medicine and his relationship with it.
These two beautiful strains of cacao are very different. The Peruvian Chuncho we find to be incredibly versatile and so palatable we are addicted to eating it as in, seriously. With its light texture and high vibration you can instantly connect with its story, the love of Demetrio and his community in Peru, the land and the very roots of the plant just by placing a small amount on your tongue. It's also very easy and light to blend with any smoothie, and melts very easily to prepare for ceremonies too. It has therefore become my favoured cacao if I'm consuming small amounts daily, or if I want to bring forward light, yet intense high vibration for ceremonies.
So it is important to note that different cacao works in different areas, chamabers or with different vibrations within the heart which leads leads me onto our Ecuadorian option.
This is deep ceremonial cacao. Its incredibly earthy and grounding, it holds you. It therefore is great for journeying and inner work, allowing us open up, to move through healing and feel super nourished and lighter as we move through to that knowing cacao smile where you just want to give everyone a hug.
Both are powerful, both are beautiful, but very different from one another.