Shop Hand Made Ceremonial Cacao

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

FREE SHIPPING IN THE US & CANADA FOR CACAO ORDERS FROM $150 USD - REST OF THE WORLD: FROM $200 USD

Receive the natural benefits of our cacao tea with 8oz of dry tea (0.5 Lbs total)! It was made with love in Paxil and Kayala (Guatemala), and is filled with incredible properties that will activate and heal your body. This tea is made from the husk or bean shell that covers the cacao beans. After the beans of our cacao are wood-fire roasted, the cacao gets peeled by hand, and the husk or shell that comes from it becomes our healthy and delicious cacao tea!

You might be new to cacao tea, but once you add it to your life, you will fall in love with it! Here are some of its incredible benefits:

  • It is incredibly high in antioxidants and flavonoids
  • It fights free radicals and helps reduce inflammation of the body
  • It helps stabilize blood pressure
  • It stabilizes serotonin, helping create a state of happiness
  • Contains theobromine, which is a caffeine-free source of energy, and is considered a mood regulator, improves heart health, improves the respiratory system, increases cognitive function after consumption, and much more
  • Since it is free from sugar, gluten, and it has no additives at all, cacao tea is low in calories

And did you know cacao tea is a great alternative for people who can't drink 100% ceremonial cacao paste? If you have an ulcer, are taking anti-depressive or anti-anxiety medication, if you are taking medication for epilepsy, and some other chemical medications for mental health issues, you might not be able to drink 100% ceremonial cacao paste. BUT in that case this amazing cacao tea is a great alternative, and you can definitely drink it! (of course, in balance and a reasonable daily quantity).

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

Cacao tea is made from the husk of cacao beans. And all of our cacao products are 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 and other products (because they were 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. In every step of the process, our cacao tea is hand-made in the traditional Mayan way. Sun-dried, hand roasted in wood fire, peeled, and packaged 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 tea. It is then packaged and sent to your door!


DIRECTIONS

Mix 1-3 Tsps of cacao tea into 1 cup of boiling water! Cover up well and leave for 2-5 minutes. Strain and enjoy your tea. You can also add 1 clove, cinnamon, and/or a natural sweeter of preference. 

BUT there is so much more you can do with your tea! 

  • It is also delicious and healthy to make a refreshing beverage out of your cacao tea! Make it in a pitcher (with the measures mentioned above used proportionally depending on how much water you are using), and store it in the fridge. You will now have a super healthy and delicious beverage for the whole family!
  • You can also use the tea water as a natural product that can be an amazing hair mask. Let the cacao husk infused water cool. And apply it on your hair and scalp. Some of the natural cacao oils remain in the husk, which will make your hair shiny and silky. But also its antioxidants and other properties will promote hair growth, and prevent hair loss.

 

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!


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • To store, leave in its bag or transfer it to a glass container that can be sealed, and simply put it in a dark and cool space.
  • Our cacao tea was made in the traditional Mayan way - 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 our cacao products 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.

 

We currently ship to the following regions:

US ($9.25 USD shipping for orders below $150 USD)
Canada ($15.75 USD shipping for orders below $150 USD)
European Union ($14.50 USD shipping for orders below $200 USD)
Rest of Europe (UK, Norway, Switzerland - $19.50 USD shipping for orders below $200 USD)