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CC’s cacao is ACO is certified organic, GMO-free, heavy metal-free, vegan, paleo, gluten-free and is one of the most nutrient-rich plants on earth.
Ceremonial cacao is an ancient traditional plant medicine that is said to connect us to the divine and open our hearts.
We like to think of ourselves as both the Alchemist and the scientist - merging the ancient ritual, ceremonial and spiritual components of cacao with the scientific research and discoveries of modern times.
We hope you enjoy this cacao as much as we do.
All Cacao products have been sourced through a supplier that has been certified organic by ACO and Kosher.
Our supplier has also implemented a strict quality assurance program where the entire supply chain can be traced, from the growers to the final consumer.
Cacao Collective’s products have been consciously sourced so that we can support biodiversity, promote sustainable cacao farming to ensure that the farmers and the land is looked after.
Fair trade conditions translate into affordable prices for the consumer, whilst making sure that the farmer’s work is fairly remunerated. This promotes favourable social conditions and sustainability for farming communities of Peru.
A portion of consumer purchase funds goes directly back to the farmers & communities, as well as Cacao Collective’s commitment to making donations to support the very communities who harvest the cacao pods.
We often recommend 10-15g for first time users in approximately 150-200mls of water. Moderate use is between 15-30g in 180l-250mls of water. For ceremonial doses between 35-42g in 200-250mls of water. In any case, we recommend each individual works their way up to larger doses, listening to how their body responds before increasing.
Once per day is our personal practice recommendation. If you feel called for a second serving, we recommend having it several hours apart using a lower dose. Like anything, we also recommend intermittent breaks. There are no set standards for this, we leave this up to the user’s preference.
The short answer is nothing except the way you receive it. It is the same product, flavour, taste and nutrient profile for the chunky and shaved options. “Chunky” refers to the cacao paste in its original form. “Ready-to-go” refers to the same cacao paste which has been pre-shaved for your convenience.
Cacao powder is the adulterated, mass-produced, defatted version of ceremonial cacao in its original form. Cacao powder goes through a process known as pressing; this puts the cacao under immense pressure, super-heating it and separating the cacao butter from the "cake”, thus losing many of its nutritional value.
Not all cacao pastes are the same. They all have slightly different bodies, flavours and caffeine to Theobromine ratios. The reason for this is that there are different countries in which cacao is harvested such as Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru etc.
Generally, we do not recommend cacao after 3-4pm. The reason for this is cacao still contains a low amount of caffeine, so those sensitive to caffeine stimulation may find themselves activated at night and have trouble sleeping.
Ironically, we have also had many reports of improved sleep. We generally attribute this to cacao’s ability to bring us into presence (thereby helping with anxiety, fear or overwhelm), its abundance of magnesium (to support calming the nervous system), tryptophan (precursor to serotonin, our playful neurotransmitter) and anandamide (our bliss molecule) supporting users enhanced mood for better sleep.
If you are actually requiring light stimulation to keep you alert throughout the evening for whatever reason, we would recommend consuming cacao over other stimulants like coffee.
“Ceremonial” cacao refers to a high standard of cacao paste. In order for cacao to be considered as “ceremonial”, it must meet the following criteria:
1) Cacao should be grown using sustainable farming practices and promoting favourable living conditions for farmers and their families. Being a sacred plant, the spiritual energy of the bean starts with the cultivation of the pod and positive energy present from the cacao plant to the final product to be used in ceremony or daily personal practice.
2) The cacao paste used to make the sacred beverage should be in its pure form. This means no additives or preservatives should be present.
3) The country of origin should be in the geographical area of the ancient Mesoamerican civilisations (IE Peru, Ecuador, Mexico etc.).
4) The cacao should be preferably criollo cacao, which is one of the original varieties used by Mesoamerican cultures (Criollo meaning ‘of local origin’ or ‘original’).
Ceremonial cacao is derived from the seeds (also called cacao nibs) which are fermented first and then ground into a paste. It is arguably the world’s most nutritionally dense and complex food. Cacao contains extremely high amounts of:
- Anti-oxidants (well beyond common foods such as blueberries),
Cacao is also extremely high in chromium, manganese, and powerful bio-active compounds anandamide, phenylethylamine and theobromine.
Many people are happy to settle for less when it comes to consuming cacao in the form of dried powder.
What most don’t realise, is that cacao powder (which is really cocoa powder, however, due to lack of regulation in the food industry is labelled “cacao powder”) is a treated and adulterated form of pure cacao paste - it is stripped & therefore contains less of the powerful psychoactive & euphoric compounds like anandamide & phenylethylamine, along with highly nutritious vitamins, minerals, enzymes & antioxidants.
Yes - we would even argue it’s incredibly beneficial whilst breastfeeding. As a duty of care, we always recommend you speak with your trusted healthcare professional if you’re interested in using cacao whilst breastfeeding your baby.
Yes - we would even argue it’s incredibly beneficial whilst pregnant. As a duty of care, we always recommend you speak with your trusted healthcare professional if you’re interested in using cacao whilst pregnant.
We recommend you speak with your trusted healthcare professional. First-generation antidepressants contraindicate with tyramine in cacao but is generally safe to consume at lower doses between 10-20g. Second-generation antidepressants (SSRI’s) contraindicate with tryptophan in cacao but is generally safe to consume at lower doses.
The reality is we cannot speak to each individual and everyone responds differently, thus if you feel called to cacao and its ability to support your journey, speak to your trusted healthcare professional.
Yes. Ceremonial cacao is 100% vegan.
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