You've probably had plenty of "chocolate" or "hot cocoa" in your life, but if someone says cacao (pronounced cah-caow) you might get a puzzled look on your face. It's simply the pure form of chocolate, before it gets heavily processed, mixed with a ton of sugar, and turned into candy bars, truffles, etc.
Pure cacao is a traditional plant medicine long used in indigenous cultures for introspective and celebratory purposes. In ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations, it was known as the "Food of the Gods" and possibly even traded like currency.
Not only does cacao contain antioxidants, B vitamins, magnesium, iron, and more. It also features theobromine, a mildly stimulating compound different than caffeine because sensation is less jittery and it doesn't produce as much crash or cravings. While South American cacao can have some caffeine, Guatemalan cacao reportedly contains none.
Cacao fosters inner and outer connection, opens the heart (both energetically and by quickening blood flow), boosts mood, and increases focus and motivation.* Cacao perfectly compliments a variety of meditative activities, ranging from shamanic drumming, to ecstatic dance, to simple seated meditation. It's a spirit plant (or plant medicine) in the sense that it can provide insights, give a clearer sense of direction and priorities in life, and help make decisions by cultivating gut intuition.
Inner Waymark currently works exclusively with organic single-source DaliLeo cacao from Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. It's grown at a family-owned farm called Finca el Porvenir deep in the Mayan cloud forest with a primary focus on sustainability.
There are a few varieties of cacao bean, and this farm is selecting to maximize the content of criollo (pronounced cree-oh-yo). This rarer, smaller cacao bean has a smoother flavor and energy. They keep free-range livestock that fertilize the cacao trees and help turn the soil. The cacao is fermented, lightly roasted, double-ground (to maximize the smoothness), and poured into blocks specifically for ceremonial use.
Finca el Porvenir is off the grid, creating hydroelectricity from a local spring to drive their custom-made grinders. They are actively working on reforestation and permaculture projects. And they'll soon be developing a volunteer program and maybe even an eco-village.
SOUL LIFT CACAO
Soul Lift Cacao operates under the Inner Waymark umbrella, serving cacao drinks and treats at our workshops and events. We sell 1 kilogram blocks of ceremonial cacao paste, the perfect way to deepen your personal practice or incorporate ceremonial cacao into yoga classes or workshops that you facilitate. Each kilogram is just over 23 full ceremonial servings of cacao, but can be stretched out into smaller servings.
We also now carry cacao nibs and beans (roasted, candied, and chocolate-covered), all from the same farm in Guatemala. Cacao Power Bars are another way to go. Like a trail mix with a kick, our flagship bar features tahini, honey, and many seeds and spices – including organic cardamom from the same Guatemalan farm.
The Guatemalan postal service is currently out of operation, making other kinds of ceremonial cacao unavailable in other parts of the world. Don't go without ceremonial-grade cacao! We sell in-person in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and we can ship anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.
To buy our cacao or ask questions, please write to us using the Contact form.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This website contains general information about diet, health and nutrition. The information is not advice and is not a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. Pure cacao isn't for everyone. It's not recommended for people taking pharmaceutical antidepressants or those with a heart condition to consume more than a small amount of pure cacao.