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100% Pure Ceremonial Grade Cacao From Costa Rica

Our magical Pure Ceremonial Cacao is grown in the Talamanca Jungle on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. An area with amazing jungle, animal life and not at least – some of Costa Rica’s finest Cacao!

Our Cacao is a super high energy cacao that is grown locally and organically through an indigenous corporation in the Talamanca mountain range. The indigenous tribe we work with the most is called the Bri Bri tribe. The cacao is grown in the Talamanca mountain range because of its area so close to volcanoes. The Talamanca mountain range is a super high energy meridian on Earth! Its like Hawaii energy, very powerful and transformative.

Our cacao is very high in antioxidant fat that is in cacao. The flavor can range from very neutral to very dark depending if its raw or roasted.

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100% Pure Ceremonial Cacao

Our magical Pure Ceremonial Cacao is grown in the Talamanca Jungle on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. An area with amazing jungle, animal life and not at least – some of Costa Rica’s finest Cacao!

Our Cacao is a super high energy cacao that is grown locally and organically through an indigenous corporation in the Talamanca mountain range. The indigenous tribe we work with the most is called the Bri Bri tribe. The cacao is grown in the Talamanca mountain range because of its area so close to volcanoes. The Talamanca mountain range is a super high energy meridian on Earth! Its like Hawaii energy, very powerful and transformative.

Our cacao is very high in the antioxidant fat which is found in cacao. The flavor can range from very neutral to very dark depending if its raw or roasted.

What Is Cacao?

Cacao is where chocolate gets its start. Chocolate comes from Theobroma cacao, the scientific name for the cacao tree. A small tree native to the Amazon Basin, the cacao tree is now grown in tropical regions all over the world.

The fleshy fruit, or pods, of the cacao tree contains brown seeds often called cacao or cocoa “beans,” though they’re not really legumes.

Cacao beans develop flavor and texture through a fermentation process before they’re processed into either cacao or cocoa powder. Fermenting and roasting cacao is also the first step in making chocolate. People mash the cacao beans into a paste called chocolate liqueur, which they then treat with heat to create cocoa. Cocoa is the key ingredient in most chocolate products.

Cold-pressing unroasted cacao makes raw cacao, which has gained a reputation as a “superfood” due to its high amount of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Raw cacao on its own tastes very bitter, so it is often made into a powder that can be added to other foods.

Cacao Benefits

Here are some possible health benefits of cacao powder that researchers are studying. Keep in mind that you still need to be aware of the sugar and fat that are often in chocolate and cacao products. Also, as delicious as chocolate is, what matters most with your nutrition is your overall eating pattern, not any single food, as part of a healthy lifestyle. 
Lower Blood Pressure
Cacao powder is packed with flavonoids. These nutrients have been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, and aid in preventing blood clots. The evidence for flavanol-rich cocoa products to lower blood pressure (compared to low-flavanol cocoa products) is of “moderate” quality, and the drop in blood pressure was small – but there were no side effects seen in short-term studies, according to a research review.
Reduced Diabetes Risk
The flavonoids in cacao powder may help increase insulin sensitivity, reducing your risk of diabetes, some small studies show. Larger studies are needed. Lowering your chances of developing diabetes also involves your overall diet and lifestyle – no single food is the answer.
Reduced Heart Disease Risk

In addition to antioxidants, cacao contains lots of potassium. Potassium has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease by reducing lower body inflammation and stress on cells.
Reduced Inflammation
Some research suggests that flavanol-rich cacao powder may help to reduce inflammation. That’s in line with what antioxidants do. Whether that means that cocoa lowers the risk of conditions that are marked by chronic inflammation remains to be seen. Remember, all inflammation isn’t bad. Short-term inflammation is part of your body’s defense system.
Less Stress
If you’ve ever felt like having a little bit of chocolate improves your mood, you may be right. A preliminary study shows that eating dark chocolate (70% cacao) lowered chemical markers of stress. The mood benefits are more likely to be due to the good taste of cocoa products, rather than to specific nutrients, one report shows. 
Improved Cognitive Function?
A specific flavanol in cacao called epicatechin may help with some parts of brain health, including cognition and blood flow. If so, that could lead to a lower risk of dementia. More research is needed before we can know if this holds true.

Cacao Nutrition

Cacao powder provides more nutrition than cocoa powder and can be a healthier substitute in recipes. Cacao powder provides:

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