Pure cacao from Guatemala

Guatemala has a long cacao tradition that is still present in Mayan communities. We are grateful to collaborate with a farmers who grow and process cacao with the intention to make traditional cacao drinks. Instead of focusing on increasing yield they focus on organic farming and supporting the cacao trees with their natural environment.

 
The beautiful mountainous area of Alta Verapaz. The cacao farm is a food forest at the same time.

The beautiful mountainous area of Alta Verapaz. The cacao farm is a food forest at the same time.

 

Traditional processing

Cacao is processed to a paste so it can be prepared (and dissolved) in drinks. At this beautiful farm the cacao is processed with traditional knowledge in a modern clean environment. After fermentation and drying, the beans are hand selected on quality and then roasted on a clay comal. The ceremonial grade cacao is stoneground, preserving all healthy and active nutrients.

The beans are hand selected on quality.

The beans are hand selected on quality.

The cacao is shortly roasted on a traditional clay comal.

The cacao is shortly roasted on a traditional clay comal.

Organic farming and agroforestry

The farm lies a beautiful mountain region in Alta Verapaz surrounded by Mayan villages. The cacao grows in the shade of reforested trees and a natural ecosystem with a high diversity of plants and animals. Besides cacao you can find a great diversity of fruit and spices growing here which makes it an even greater pleasure to visit these lands.

Inspiring about the farm is that the cacao is grown in its most natural way. Cacao is a shadow tree and thrives in food forests. On many plantations cacao and other fruit trees are grafted to ensure the genetics. This is a form of genetic copying to avoid diversity and increase production. The cacao trees are grown from seed by hand selection to increase the native criollo variety. They are actively engaged in protecting this endangered heritage of trees.

 
Criollo cacao tree grown from seed with beautiful fruits.

Criollo cacao tree grown from seed with beautiful fruits.

 

We are grateful that we can share this high-quality cacao and offer it in different products.