COCOA CULTIVATED, HARVESTED AND PROCESSED WITH CONSCIENCE, IN RESPECT OF THE ECOSYSTEM AND PEOPLE WITHOUT THE USE OF PHYTO-CHEMICALS
We believe in the charm of the cocoa ritual and its ancient role in Mesoamerican culture. For this we have created a cocoa paste with a raw texture that we obtain by stone-squeezing the cocoa beans, which can make you discover a new face of this functional food.
ingredients: 100% stone ground cocoa beans
[WITH NO ADDED SUGAR]
ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THIS COCOA
We have had a friendly relationship with Juan Pablo, founder of Nahua Cacao, for more than a decade now. It is thanks to his tenacity and vision that Nahua is a cocoa with an appreciable social impact in the territories of Upala and Guatuso in Costa Rica. Nahua is a network of 430 families who cultivate it by promoting genetics typical of the territory, while starting projects to safeguard the territory; in 2020 they also obtained the B-CORP recognition as a benefit company that has a positive impact in communities and in the territory.
Plantation: Upala & Guatuso, Costa Rica, Central America
Traceability: Cocoa purchased through one of our partners
Varieties of cocoa: Local genetics
Roasting: light and short
Processing: stone ground, not concave, not tempered
Collection: September 2021 - December 2022
Taste: coffee, caramel, tobacco, brown tropical fruit
Bitter intensity: medium / high
How it looks: in cubes. Due to its acriollada genetics, it has a light brown color (it is natural to notice whitish spots on the cocoa, especially in summer due to high temperatures - this effect is due to the crystallization of the cocoa butter).
Tailoring: Packaging in FSC certified paper (PAP81)
TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE THE MESOAMERICAN STYLE COCOA DRINK
A delicious and nutritious drink with our cocoa can replace coffee in the morning and contribute to the health of the nervous system, the cognitive system and the heart. It also contributes to strengthening the immune defenses thanks to the action of flavonoids, antioxidants present in cocoa. Cocoa is also considered a mood improver, that is it helps - thanks to the content of the amino acid tryptophan - to the production of serotonin, a hormone good mood, thus improving our emotional state. Cocoa contains neurotransmitters and molecules of bliss, as for anandamide, an endocannabinoid that is produced by our body, and which with cocoa is further stimulated, giving us a feeling of well-being and pleasure. You can drink it in the morning, during or after your meditation session, you can use it for holistic purposes, in cocoa circles to untie emotional knots, and introduce it into your diet with awareness.
FOR PREPARATION ...
Shred 15-20 g of cocoa with the help of a knife. Heat some mineral water (equivalent to a large teacup - 180-200 ml) or if you prefer, use a vegetable drink of your choice.
Pour the freshly cut cocoa into the saucepan, and gradually add the hot water (not boiling, otherwise it alters the cocoa flavor and properties); mix it until completely dissolved. Add the remaining water. If you don't want to use the saucepan, you can use a blender or a simple milk frother. The traditional drink is bitter, but if you really can't resist, you can add a date in the blender, or a little honey.
For a functional effect, an excellent solution is the use of medicinal herbs and spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom, red pepper, damiana, ashwagandha, turmeric, ginger and so on. In Mesoamerica, part of present-day Central America, cocoa is often made from a corn paste.
Serve it in your favorite cup.
NUTRITIONAL VALUES FOR 100 g
Energy: 2772 Kj, 657 Kcal
Fat: 52 g, of which saturated fatty acids: 33 g
Carbohydrates: 28 g, of which sugars: 1,1 g
Fiber: 14g, Protein: 14g, Salt: 0,01g
Potassium: 762 mg, Magnesium: 225 mg, Iron: 2,6 mg
- Some * people claim that there is a specific "ceremonial" dose and that it is 40 g per person. Instead, we recommend not exceeding 30 g per person. In the case of daily and continuous use, it would be more appropriate to use around 10-15 g. max. Otherwise it is good to use it every other day.
- Being pure cocoa paste, it becomes a real and very energetic food; for this reason, it should be drunk with awareness and caution, avoiding excesses, and preferring a varied and balanced diet.
- Consult your specialist if you are pregnant or have serious heart conditions.
- The stimulating and energizing effect of cocoa begins about half an hour after its intake. We recommend drinking a glass of water before and after to aid absorption and digestion.
ALL OUR PRODUCTS ARE:
VEGAN FRIENDLY, WITHOUT LECITHIN, WITHOUT ADDED FLAVORINGS, WITHOUT PRESERVATIVES, WITHOUT MILK, WITHOUT GLUTEN
SHIPPING IN ITALY
Orders are processed within 1-3 days and shipped from our lab in Olbia, Sardinia. Shipping is free only for Italy over € 29,00 of purchase, with deliveries by DHL or SDA courier in 2-4 working days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays). For orders below € 29,00, the cost of standard shipping with SDA is € 4,99 ed Express by € 8,99. All shipments are strictly tracked.
Deliveries in Europe take approximately up to 3-7 working days after the dispatch of the parcel, but also for the United States and main cities around the globe. If you are based abroad Europe: please keep in mind it is your responsibility to pay any taxes or customs charges that may be incurred once the items arrive in your country. From our part, we will prepare all the documents and invoices needed for a smooth custom clearance. You'll receive the tracking number for your reference.
MADE WITH LOVE IN SARDINIA FROM COCOA BEANS
A very good Medicine to connect with our heart and learn to flow .. This Cocoa is tasty, use little of it, because it is very powerful ... Thank you for bringing this precious Medicine to us ..
I share more and more with friends and wish to meet more souls in Italy who like to have this experience. Next ceremony with Costa Rica cocoa will be 16th of April. Thank you for your work
thank you so much Rita for this review! We are so grateful for this and thank you for supporting our little cocoa project :) Cacao love
True cure-all for body and mind!
Thank you so much Luca, really! It is also thanks to people like you that our project goes on. Really thank you thank you thank you!
Superior and powerful cocoa. It's been almost two years from my first purchase and Vaicacao its absolutely my favorite source of ceremonial cacao.
Thank you so much Caroline for your words. Really, we feel so blessed and grateful to have you as a customer.
A hug, Eli & JR
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