Cacao is the pure form of Chocolate, before it is processed, before anything else is added; just the beans baby!
The pure Cacao carries a bunch of healthy goodies and is also a beautiful plant medicine and ally.
Cacao is a powerful superfood, and its superpower is beyond just providing the body with nutrients like Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium and Iron. (not to mention the serotonin, anandamide, theobromine and phenethylamine).
Its potency goes beyond the mind. This is the invitation of Cacao as a Medicine: to take us out of the head for a moment, to sink deeper into the body and the heart.
Whether in ceremony, meditation, dance or sharing circles, Cacao allows us to be true to our hearts, tune into what is going on inside and tune out some of the busy-ness that surrounds.
There is so much to discover both about Cacao and from Cacao and I’d love to be a part of your journey with her.
100% Guatemalan Cacao
Love Bean Cacao sources their chocolate from Ruk'u'x'Ulew, Guatemala.
Ruk'u'x'Ulew is an indigenous women's collective in San Marcos la Laguna, Lake Atitlan.
What is ceremonial cacao?
Ceremonial cacao is chocolate in its purest form. Chocolate the way it was originally consumed and enjoyed. For ceremony, ritual and connection.
Lets get (slightly) technical:
It is 100% pure cacao paste, mass or liquor. (yes it has many names)
This means it still has all the fats, this is cacao before it is separated into powder and cacao butter, which means it retains all the goodness!
Less processed, more pure!
Where is it from?
Love Bean Cacao comes from Cobán in the north of Guatemala.
It then travels down to San Marcos la Laguna, Lake Atitlan where the women of Ruk’u’x Elew collective roast the cacao, peel the beans and pack the cacao before it makes its way to us in Australia.
I have worked with many different Cacaos. Guatemalan Cacao is special. It is low in caffeine and high in its nutrient contents as well as carrying the beautiful energy of the Mayan people and land.
I choose to work with Ruk’u’x’Elew because their Cacao is incredibly potent. The profits are going to indigenous women and directly back into the community.
How do I use it?
Cacao is a very versatile medicine. Below you will find info on how to prepare the drink. Cacao can be used to meditate, to create; write, paint, sing, to connect, to dance or even as a coffee replacement (or addition).
As Cacao can give us energy it is also great to use for a night out if you’re not drinking.
How much should I use?
A full ceremonial dose is around 40 grams.
A half dose of 20 grams is lovely for meditation at home, sharing with others or a great amount for dancing.
How do I make it?
Chop your cacao.
Blender: Place 20-40 Grams, hot water (not boiled) and any other desired ingredients in the blender, mix, serve and enjoy.
No Blender: Place 20-40 grams in your cup.
Add a dash of hot water (not boiled) stir and blend, add any other ingredients and the rest of the hot water and stir until smooth and enjoy!
You can add as little or as much water as you like, the less water the thicker the drink.
*1 BIG tablespoon of chopped cacao is approx. 10 grams
Suggestions on additions:
Cinnamon, Cayenne, maple syrup, tahini, maca powder, rose tea, coconut milk…
I invite you to get creative with your creations!
However adding things will change the energy.
Is it vegan? GF? Etc?
Yes, yes, yes – ceremonial cacao is just 100% pure chocolate.
Is it Raw?
Raw Cacao is quite a misnomer. For food to be technically raw it must be kept under 48 degrees.
When fermented, as all Cacao is, the temperatures tend to pass 50 degrees.
Almost all cacao is toasted as this helps to remove the husk of the bean.
The beans are also ground in a machine which creates heat as well.
Most Cacao is not raw, even if it claims to be.
There are few producers who do make a "raw" Cacao (though it may still have surpassed technicaly raw temperature in fermentation)
They do this by not roasting their beans, which makes them harder to peel and is thus more labor intensive.
It also changes the flavour significantly.
I think what most who are using the term raw when referring to Cacao are probably highlighting that it is not a powder nor is tempered or conched (processes involved in chocolate making) and has thus gone through minimal processing.
Is it good for you?
Cacao is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants.
It is one of the most complex foods we consume but contains:
Magnesium, calcium, anadamide and phenylethalimine (bliss chemicals) releases sereotnin and endorophins, theobromine which is a vasco-dilator and increases oxygenation and blood flow.
Will it keep me awake?
Love Bean Cacao comes from Guatemala; known for Cacao with lower caffeine content.
It contains a small amount of caffeine, unlike many cacaos from South America and Africa.
The active compound of Cacao is theobromine, which is very similar to caffeine in that it energises and makes you more alert. It is a vasodilator, which opens the blood vessels and increases our heart rate as well as sending more oxygen through the body.
Cacao is also rich in magnesium, more than any food we know, magnesium relaxes the nervous system and physical body.
Some people find that even without caffeine this cacao keeps them up. Others have no trouble at all falling asleep or indeed using it to relax, unwind and perhaps even lucid dream.
There is no clear answer, you’ll just have to try and see how Cacao works with your body.
Why do you refer to Cacao as a medicine?
Cacao is a plant and a food. More and more we are accepting that what we consume can be good for us or bad for us, a kind of “food as medicine” approach to our well-being.
On top of this there are plants that carry certain vibrations and messages for us as humans. The plants most commonly used by indigenous peoples going back centuries. Cacao is one of these plants. A plant used by Mayans to this day to connect to spirit and to remember our true nature.
How many serves per block?
If you are working with 20 grams in your cup then a pound will give you a bit over 22 servings.
Is there any time I shouldn’t drink Cacao?
Cacao releases serotonin. If you are taking an anti-depressant which is also an SSRI then depending on the dose you need to drink less as it can result in a serotonin dump and a headache – it isn’t dangerous but
If you are pregnant it is also a good idea to drink the smaller dose (20 grams) and see how it feels.
If you have heart problems, Cacao increases the heart-rate, so please consider this before consuming.
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any concerns.
What is a Cacao ceremony?
Cacao ceremonies come in many different forms. I work in ceremony by sharing and blessing the cacao in a circle, talking about the medicine and then guiding people through a channeled mediation.
Each time we drink Cacao can be very different. And the medicine is here to expand upon elements of our being. Sometimes this may mean our thoughts disappear and we drop into the stillness, other times people will feel many emotions. If you want to learn more about how I hold space check out TESTIMONIALS.
The Mayan ceremonies are always centered around a fire. Cacao would be a part of this ceremony and, like the fire, a means of connection to the spirit world. It would also be used as an offering.
If I haven’t answered your question please feel free to reach out, there is much to learn about this medicine. The best way is to start drinking it to deepen your personal connection, I am here to facilitate that experience by providing you with amazing cacao and the confidence to begin your journey.