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Made in Sololá, Guatemala  I Blessed by Mayan Spiritual Leaders I  Not One Machine Used  I  Produced by an Indigenous Owned Business

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The Mayan Wisdom Project

Ka'kaw Chinimital - Flavor Box (Regular, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom) - 4x 0.25 Lbs

Ka'kaw Chinimital - Flavor Box (Regular, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom) - 4x 0.25 Lbs

Regular price $66.00 USD
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4 4oz Blocks (454g)

100% pure ceremonial cacao paste with an assortment of 4 flavors: Regular + Ginger + Cinnamon + Cardamom

THE FARM

The cacao is farmed in the traditional Mayan way. 3 traditional Kotzij’ (ceremonies) are held at the farm to show respect to the cacao trees: when it is planted, when it flowers, when it is harvested!
Also, every person who comes into the farm cleanses themselves with incense to bring positive energy to the space.

BIODIVERSITY

Part of the cacao production is left for the animals whose diet is also dependent on it, in order to respect the symbiotic relationship of cacao with the local flora and fauna. Not to mention, no chemicals come close to the cacao and the farmers use only ancient agricultural methods.

PRODUCTION 

The cacao is 100% handmade. From sun drying, roasting, peeling, to grinding in the traditional metate, every step of the process is made by hand. Also, Ajq’ijab’ (Mayan spiritual leaders) energize the cacao during the process by cleansing it and having it present in traditional spiritual practices that fill it with energy.

PACKAGING 

We make use of a special paper that protects the cacao and its flavor. It is then packed in traditional Mayan bags that play the role of creating physical and spiritual protection as it travels around the world to get to your home. The bags are made by an indigenous owned business of artisans.

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Receive the natural benefits of our 100% ceremonial cacao paste!

It was made with love in Paxil and Kayala (Guatemala), and it is filled with incredible properties that will activate and heal your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. Made by hand and blessed by indigenous spiritual leaders to ensure that all of its incredible traits are contained within it and you can experience the heart opening and spiritual connection powers of cacao.

Before we get into technicalities, TAKE A MOMENT TO LEARN ABOUT WHERE YOUR CACAO COMES FROM...

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Origin of the cacao

Our cacao is made by a cacao collective called Chinimital del Ka'kaw, which is formed by people of four Mayan nations: Q'iche', Kaqchikel, Q'eqchi', and Tz'utujil. Their mission is clear: To make the authentic practices and wisdom of cacao available to their community and to the world. The collective is formed by Ajq'ijab' (Mayan spiritual leaders), Elders (spiritual leaders who also play the role of guides and leaders), cacao farmers, historians, cacao transformation experts, Texel (grandmothers in charge of guiding the process of production of cacao), and more members of the community. 

The cacao travels from an ancient farm in Alta Verapaz which belongs to members of the Q'eqchi' nation. What is an ancient farm? During the times of the Conquista (invasion of the Americas), the Spaniards forbade the use of cacao to the Mayans. Cacao farms were taken down and switched to coffee farms (because it was a product that sold better in Europe), and the Mayans were enslaved and put to work in these new farms. But there was resistance and a few cacao farms survived. The farm where we get our cacao from is one of these ancient farms, and the trees are the descendants of trees that were in this farm hundreds of years ago. In the process of plantation there are specific rituals and ceremonies made for the trees in order to follow the proper steps of traditional farming.

Then the cacao is taken to the border between the Kaqchikel and Q'iche' nations, where the collective moves on to the process of transformation. Everything is hand-made in the traditional Mayan way. Sun-dried, hand roasted in wood fire, peeled, grinded in the sacred millstone by indigenous women and grandmothers. But before it is packaged, the Ajq'ijab' (spiritual leaders) and Aj Kakaw (guardians of the wisdom of cacao) give it a ceremony with incense and fire, and invoke the sacred Mayan energies to cleanse, bless, and protect this cacao. It is then packaged and sent to your door!


Made in Sololá, Guatemala  I  Blessed by Mayan Spiritual Leaders I  Not One Machine Used  I  Produced by an Indigenous Owned Business

Product originary of the Union of the Mayab' Native Peoples of Paxil and Kayala (Guatemala) with the intention to reclaim the use of our sacred ka'kaw!

Directions

Mix 2-3 Tbsp of ceremonial cacao into 6-8 oz hot water in a blender and mix until foamy! 

OR even better... Do it the traditional way and mix your cacao (2-3 Tbsp) with double the size of hot (but not boiling) water, mix well until it becomes liquid and then add enough hot water to fill your cup. 

Cacao paste can also be added to foods, smoothies, breakfast bowls, ice cream, energy balls, and more!

Important Information

To store, remember that ceremonial cacao doesn't need to be refrigerated. Simply put it in a dark and cool space.

Our cacao only includes 100% pure cacao paste - we pride ourselves in the fact that this cacao didn't go through even 1 industrial machine!

Packaging & pattern/color may not be exactly as presented in the images.

Time until arrival varies depending on your region. Expect around 7-10 business days.

Cacao with purpose

With the purchase of this cacao not only are you supporting indigenous peoples through fair trade and ethical consumption, you are doing much more! The money that goes to the collective is being used to pay the workers a salary that preserves their dignity and sustains their families.

It is also put into beautiful projects which aim to bring cacao back to the indigenous communities of Guatemala, who sadly almost lost this part of their tradition. It was forbidden to use ceremonial cacao for hundreds of years for being seen as witchraft. When you buy cacao, we can give indigenous people cacao for free, alongside an education on how to use it to tackle malnutrition, reclaim their indigenous tradition, and recover their ancient wisdom.

Additionally, we support projects within the indigenous communities which include: Support for addicts in public rehab centers, cleaning and activating a corridor of ancient Mayan altars which were abandoned, and individual causes to support specific people in the community who are in need of emergency aid.

Shipping Costs

We currently ship to the following regions:

US ($10.75 USD shipping for orders below $150 USD)
Canada ($17.50 USD shipping for orders below $200 USD)
European Union ($16.25 USD shipping for orders below $200 USD)
Rest of Europe (UK, Norway, Switzerland - $21.75 USD shipping for orders below $200 USD)