About KAKAO (Benefits, Preparation, History & More)
What is KAKAO?
KAKAO is a high-vibe, ceremonial-grade 'drinking chocolate' (100% whole-bean Cacao, native variety).
Our cacao is sourced from Peru (in the native strain called 'Chuncho'). These are very rare, hard to come by strains of cacao, and we have searched far and wide for the truest, ceremonial-grade cacao available.
A large part of KAKAO's mission is to help save/protect the native strains in both Peru & Guatemala.
What are the benefits of drinking KAKAO?
You can enjoy KAKAO's incredible heart-opening and other benefits upon sipping:
- Increased energy, without the nervous buzz one gets from caffeine!
- Prolonged focus
- Blood Circulation & Digestion
- Assist meditation & Inner-work
- Clear any blocked/stuck emotions
- Connection to self, others, nature and Source energy
''The beans contain anandamide (the ‘bliss’ chemical), histamine, arginine (nature’s Viagra), phenylethylamine (PEA – the ‘love’ chemical), theobromine and dopamine. - Gavin Kendrick @ Cacao Love
What is the history of Cacao?
Criollo & Chuncho Cacao (the purest, highest-quality variety of 'chocolate') has been used for thousands of years by the Mayan cultures for health, spiritual use, & even as currency. It is referred to as 'liquid gold.'
''According to both archeologists and Mayan spiritual elders, the Cacao Spirit was one of the most powerful deities in ancient Mayan cosmology. While the ancient Mayans and Aztecs of Southern Mexico and Guatemala are best known, there are contemporary Indigenous cultures in Central and South America who continue cacao use in shamanic ceremony. Although one of this world’s finest spiritual or shamanic partners, cacao was ignored in the ‘60’s resurgence of medicine plants because it does not act like a psychedelic – it does not take you on its trip, but facilitates your own.
Ceremonial details of how ancient cultures used chocolate are not known. It is Cacao’s choice to return at this time, and I am having fun being part of Her flow.'' - @The Chocolate Shaman, Guatemala
How is KAKAO different from other sources of cacao/chocolate?
1. KAKAO is 100% ceremonial-grade, native variety of Cacao. The first cocoa tree was domesticated by Mayas over 3000 years ago. The chocolate derived from this variety is of the highest quality, classified as one of the finest flavored chocolates. Many cacao farmers across the globe grow trees that produce lower quality chocolate because they are more resilient to disease, produce higher yields, thus are more likely to guarantee a good harvest. KAKAO is committed to using native, organic cacao only, and furthermore, we do not use mechanical/mainstream processing techniques.
2. The WHOLE bean is used for our drinking KAKAO, meaning higher nutritional value, a higher vibration, and more noticeable effects upon drinking. KAKAO is not considered 'raw cacao powder,' and in fact is much more potent, sustainable, healthy & powerful.
3. Our INTENTION: KAKAO is intentionally sourced, processed and blessed with high frequencies of love, service, compassion, abundance & purpose.
+ 100% Peruvian, Ceremonial-Grade cacao beans
+ Organic Panela (a raw, unprocessed sugar from central America; high in minerals and known for its healing properties)
+ Organic Peruvian chile
+ Organic whole vanilla beans
How to Prepare KAKAO
**Note: Please ensure you are well hydrated before, during & post cacao consumption. Cacao IS a diuretic, meaning if you were dehydrated before consumption, headache may be experienced.
1. Heat 8oz (or mug-full) hot water in kettle or stovetop.
2. For best results, use a blender safe for hot liquids
3. Blend water + 4tbsp KAKAO (5 tbsp for larger dose) until creamy
*If you don't have a blender, us a whisk. Blender results in very creamy drink, but please use one that is safe for hot liquids, such as a Vitamix, Ninja or BlendTec.
*Optional: Add maca powder, coconut oil, extra cayenne etc....
5. .....Delight in the magical taste AND blissful vibes. You can meditate, journal, walk, connect intentionally with a loved one, create, or dance!
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