SHOP MY FAVORITE CACAO!
Cacao is heart medicine, and we will each have our own personal relationship with the cacao we are drawn to. On this page I feature 3 ceremonial cacao makers and sources that I have personal relationships with. I have worked with their cacao directly, and in some cases have visited the origin cacao farms. The cacao suppliers you find on this page I personally vouch for in integrity, quality, and intention of the work they do.
Each of these suppliers offers something unique, and I encourage you to experiment with the different kinds to see what forms of cacao, and origins feel right for you. Each origin has a different energy to it and I find that I work with different suppliers' medicines for different needs.
Origins: Belize, Ecuador, Tanzania | Differentiators: Easy-to-use discs, delicious blends, made from bean to final product in house.
I first met Jonas Ketterle, the founder of Firefly Chocolate in 2015. Fate led me to move to the same area as Firefly in 2017, and it's been lovely to be in driving distance from his Chocolate Studio where I go pick-up cacao, try out new flavors & have business meetings (where we mostly just drink cacao and talk about cacao).
Jonas is passionate about sharing cacao as a way to inspire awe and wonder. He has an engineering background and has designed some of the equipment he uses to make his cacao himself. He ships the beans up from Latin America and handles the entire process from bean to the product you receive when you purchase. He has developed a new form for ceremonial cacao, the discs, which are much easier to work with. This is a major change from the industry standard 1lb+ brick of cacao that you chop. The ceremonial discs allow for easy measurement, and a smoother liquid. Not to mention they're great for snacking on.
Jonas is very selective about the cacao farmers he works with and makes delicious blends as well, which have made me happy to support his work and spread the good word.
Shop Firefly Ceremonial Cacao here.
Origin: Guatemala | Differentiators: Hard-to-get & powerful Guatemalan Cacao, supports a women's collective in Guatemala.
Nick and I met in Guatemala in January 2018, and co-led a workshop together on beautiful Lake Atitlán. His dedication to sourcing high quality cacao and spreading it far and wide has been inspirational to me and he personally visits the farms that he works with to ensure high quality & integrity.
I'm happy that he's done the leg-work to make the more powerful Guatemalan cacao accessible, as it's not easy to get! One source is an indigenous family farm in Cobán that sends the cacao to a women's collective at Lake Atitlán for selection, roasting, and pouring in intentions for it to be a "soul medicine" to the world.
Soul Lift Cacao specializes in organic small-batch cacao grown at family farms in Guatemala and prepared specifically for ceremonial use. That also means it's roasted over an actual wood fire.
You can purchase Soul Lift Cacao here with the discount code SENASHAKTI for $1 off.
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Origin: Ecuador | Differentiators: Easy-to-use pre-chopped versions, Alchemical Elemental Blends
I've been following Florencia since she opened The Cacao Studio in Brooklyn in 2017, and we soon became cacao sisters in Guatemala in January of 2018. She's on a mission to bring cacao to the masses, and leads beautiful ceremonies along with starting her own cacao company, Cacao Laboratory, with her brother.
I highly recommend a block of their Arriba Nacional ceremonial grade
cacao for ceremonies. It was grown in mineral rich volcanic soil on an agroforestry project in the Ecuadorian province of Guayas.
For personal rituals her alchemical elemental blends are divine, and will help you connect more deeply with your true nature.
You can purchase Cacao Laboratory here with the promo code senalovingyou for 5% off.