COCOA CULTIVATED, HARVESTED AND PROCESSED WITH CONSCIOUSNESS BY OUR FAMILY, 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
A unique gem in the world. This is the cocoa that grew on our family plantation, known as Finca Cuyancùa, located in the municipality of Izalco, El Salvador, once known as one of the areas where the most cocoa was grown in all of Mesoamerica. An area formerly populated by the ancient Maya civilization. Our cocoa grows near sources of spring water, surrounded by tropical forest trees, in a dense agroforestry system in harmony with the ecosystem and people.
Plantation: Finca Cuyancúa, Izalco, El Salvador, Central America
Traceability: Cocoa from our plantation
Varieties of cocoa: Fino de Aroma - mix of local genetics, acriollado
Roasting: light and short
Processing: stone ground, not concave, not tempered
Collection: March 2021 - May 2022
Taste: specialty coffee, plums, orange blossom
Bitter intensity: low
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
So far this is my absolute fav of all the Vaicacao Cacaos. Rich in flavor, and creamy, the taste is fantastic. I love it blended with nut milk, cardamom, cinnamon, and chilly flakes. Yum!
I'm very happy to have bought this cocoa. I suggest to try it! It's my sweet morning ritual and I'll let all my dear friend try it. My husband doesn't drink coffee anymore thanks to this Cacao ❤️
This cocoa is a must try, without a shadow of a doubt it is the best product I've tasted so far!! The intense aroma and flavor make for an unrepeatable experience. It is now my essential breakfast ritual. Super recommended!!
Very good energizing heartwarming cocoa. The only remark: I wish on the site there were more descriptions of the cacaos'qualities, so you can choose better. Now I'm forced to try them all🌝
Hi Anna, thank you for your feedback, much appreciated! Glad that you liked it!
When you say you 'wish to had more information about the cocoa quality', do you have any suggestion in particular, what do you think we've missed to tell in the shop description?
Thank you very much, we look forward to your response, so we can improve our page and customer experience. A hug to cocoa :) Elisa
It's so delicious and full of flavor, a full and round flavor, chocolatey, warm ... I love it with one date and mixed with a hand blender - sooo creamy ❤
Thank you Barbara for taking some of your time for making this review.
Much appreciated =)