We make VAICACAO® Ceremonial Holistic Cacao from single farms-origin specialty cacao from Central America, With no sugar or other ingredients added, and no tempering or counching.
- Directly sourced cacao from farms across Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica)
- Freshly made stone ground from Bean to Cup
- Minimally processed
- No sugar added
- Vegan, soy & gluten free
- Ethically sourced
Our cacao beverage is a thick drinking cacao that simultaneously relaxes and energizes. Cacao can facilitate a special journey through meditation, when we acknowledge the sacredness of pure cacao while experiencing it as a beverage as the ancients did. This cacao drink is different from both US-style and European-style hot chocolate, because it is made from whole cocoa, with no sugar, and because it is intended to be used as a delicious opportunity for mindfulness. Some say it opens the heart, and inspires creativity!
It is pure, nutrient-dense, and minimally processed.
We roast the cacao gently and grind it into a paste. Then we mold it into small blocks that we invite you to cut into shavings at home and blend with hot water or your favorite milk, plus optional spices such as cayenne, or rosemary and sage. Savor slowly, with deep breaths, and let the cacao work its magic.
“Holistic” is, as the name suggests, more than just its physical form: it is a collaboration of intention. Farmers grow the cacao with intention, demonstrating respect for the cacao trees and the ecosystem. We craft the cacao into drinking cubes with intention, feeling love for our craft and for chocolate lovers. And we invite you to prepare and savor this rich, healthful, and magical drink with intention, perhaps before or as part of meditation, after a long day, or anytime you'd like the wonderful feeling of openness and expansion the Holistic Cacao can inspire !
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"What is the difference between cacao drinking powder and ceremonial cacao?"
Cacao powder is the result of the extraction of the cacao fat from whole cacao beans, which has been discovered in 1828 by Coenraad J. van Houten (Netherlands). Mr. Van Houten discoverd a way to treat cacao with alkaline salts to make a powdered cocoa that was easier to mix for pastry purposes.
Cacao powder has lost the cacao butter (fat) normally inside of the cacao beans, which has been previously extracted using a press. The darker the cacao powder is, the less cacao butter it has. People sometimes think that the dark color of the cacao powder means more% of cacao contents, but this is not true. Cacao powder, due to it's new form, can't be considered a whole food.
- Instead, our holistic Ceremonial cacao is a whole and slow food. Take inspiration from mesoamerican way to process cacao: meaning by transform whole cacao beans into a paste / mass without compromise its oranoleptic profile. We do not make any counching neither tempering.
- The whole cacao beans are roasted, peeled and transformed into a cacao paste using a stone ground machine. That's it. So, we will have all the cacao contents and nutrients, also this kind of artisanal processes are less aggressive.
- Our Holistic Ceremonial Cacao is stone ground, freshly made, and prepared in small-batches.
We prepare the Ceremonial Cacao Holistic exclusively in an artisanal way, stone grinding unique and rare cocoa beans, from single plantations located in El Salvador or from other producer friends in the Central American area (Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica). The cocoa we use preserves its Mesoamerican roots intact, as it grows in a land that was the "cradle" of cocoa for millennia.
La Cacao Ceremony - o Cacao ceremony - is a space where the great medicinal properties of the cacao to holistic disciplines, including the guide to proper breathing, meditation, the search for our emotions, where it is possible to achieve energy balance. The cocoa ceremony is actually a type of shamanic healing, but it has no hallucinogenic or "out of body" effects, unlike some other shamanic experiences.
Cocoa ceremonies are rooted in helping to rebalance the energies within us and restore good health. Through the opening of the heart, cocoa allows us to listen to our consciousness, work through past blocks and traumas, dissolve any repressed negative energy, helping us to align with who we really are. It is also a wonderful time to give ourselves space for mental, physical and social peace.
Ground cocoa was used during religious ceremonies by Mesoamerican civilizations, namely by Olmecs, Maya, Lenca, and only centuries later by the Aztecs, who took care to select cocoa beans to make nutritious cocoa drinks.
The Maya reserved its consumption only for certain classes of the population: religious leaders, nobles and warriors. In those days the Mayan population consumed a drink prepared with hot water, "molido" cocoa, corn, vanilla, chilli and honey. The enormous medicinal qualities of cocoa were already known to these populations, and a cocoa drink made the warriors pass hunger and fatigue.
Bliss chemicals (anandamide, dopamine, serotonin)
Cocoa and molecules of bliss for a pleasant ritual
Cocoa is the only food to contain the "bliss" molecule known as Anandamide, an endocannabinoid. It also contains other important neurotransmitters such as: dopamine, phenithelamine, Serotonin e tryptophan, which are used by our brain to regulate our emotions. Tryptophan is mainly contained in meat and fish, and there are few vegetables that contain it (cocoa, mushrooms ..). The latter is used to synthesize serotonin in our body, which is then converted into melatonin as it regulates the wake-sleep rhythm.