Pure 100% Ceremonial Cacao

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Boundless Belize

Dive deep into personal inquiry with this magical drinking chocolate grown amidst rainforests that cover ancient Mayan pyramids. Peel back the layers of your boundless self with meditation, ritual and self inquiry as you drink this pure ceremonial cacao coming straight from three hundred indigenous Q'eqchi' and Mopan Maya families in southern Belize.

This ceremonial cacao comes from 300 small (1-5 acre) organic family farms in the foothills of southern Belize. 75% of our farming families are indigenous Q’eqchi’ and Mopan Maya, and they grow their pure raw cacao with deep respect and understanding of the local ecology. We've invested in a permaculture demonstration farm here to pioneer innovative agroforestry techniques, advance cacao cultivation in the region, and propagate heirloom seedlings. This is the first cacao we used for ceremonial purposes. This cacao has an heirloom designation by the Heirloom Cacao Project , and is produced by Maya Mountain Cacao. 

Ingredients

Organic Cacao Beans from Belize

Mood

Expansive, Expressive, Magical

Best For

Meditation and Creativity

Flavor Profile

Amaretto, Manchego, Nutmeg (these are tasting notes, not ingredients)

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Replaces My Morning Coffee

I love the flavor and openness with the Boundless Belize! It’s a great way to start my mornings - with a small mug of cacao while I journal instead of my jittery, rushed coffee!

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Supports insight and clear thinking! I use this prior to complex program design or proposal authoring where clarity, and asking good questions, is key.

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Opening experience!

This was my first time trying ceremonial cocoa so I wasn't sure what to expect. The flavor is beautiful and rich. Shortly after finishing my cocoa, my emotions really opened up and became amplified. I look forward to continuing this journey!

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Boundless Belize

This one is my favorite so far. It taste so smooth.

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My Favorite Go-To Plant Medicine

The best way to start my day and the easiest and quickest way to engage my mind and cultivate self-love.

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  • A cacao ceremony in a historic cave above the cacao grove

  • Learning about Martin's relationship with the forest

  • Being welcomed to Belize with burning copal incense

  • A cut test to assess the fermentation level of the harvested beans

MMC pioneered wet cacao purchasing in southern Belize. Originally founded by Taza Chocolate, MMC entered a competitive cacao market that was already exporting cacao internationally, and after five years emerged as the leading exporter in the region by focusing on establishing a long term stable price for farmers and building a new fermentation facility. They now export over 75% of the country’s cacao, much of which is grown by Q’eqchi’ and Mopan Maya farmers.

MMC is based in Punta Gorda right on the Caribbean ocean in southern Belize. Northern Belize is more touristy and a little drier, and the south is more lush and where the cacao grows. The people in the area speak a mix of English (the national language), Garifuna, Creole, Q’eqchi Mayan, Mopan Mayan and a little bit of Spanish. Belize was a British colony until just four decades ago when it became independent in 1981, and prior to that, it was a part of Guatemala. People are very friendly and welcoming, the culture is slow paced and you will hear lots of reggae, afro-caribe and R&B music as you walk down the street on a weekend night. On the coast seafood is common fare, along with calaloo (jungle greens).

The landscape of southern Belize is dominated by limestone mountains and caves that are revered by the Maya people. There are many ancient Maya ruins covered by jungle and coral reefs with crystal clear water off the coast. Abundant rivers flow to the coastal area which are covered in mangrove forests. There are many iguanas, toucans, bats, agoutis, tapirs, owls, tarantulas, squirrels, howler monkeys and biting insects. Even jaguar has returned to the region.

Walking through the rainforest here with a knowledge guide is like walking through a living medicine cabinet. The farmers will bring home various plants not just for cooking, but to cure all sorts of injuries and diseases. This intricate knowledge of the forest as a living ecosystem is an essential part of the long term stewardship of tropical rainforest regions, and many of the cacao farms are directly adjacent to rainforest preserves. We’ve also seen some of the most creative and innovative permaculture techniques for growing cacao here, which requires careful observation and deep understanding of the relationships in the entire ecosystem.

  • Metric tons purchased

    27

  • Peak Harvest Time

    MARCH TO MAY

  • Acres of Cacao

    983

  • Organic Farmers

    7

Preparing Your Cacao

  • Step 1

    Take a handful of cacao discs (use 5-15 discs, depending on your desired dosage).

  • Step 2

    Combine with 1/2 cup of 180°F liquid (water, herbal tea or nut milk).

  • Step 3

    Whisk or blend for 15 seconds. Optionally add sweetener (try maple syrup or raw honey).

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Cacao and Health

Cacao for Mood

Many ceremonial cacao lovers report a notable impact on their mood. There is substantial science that explains why ceremonial cacao is so beneficial. Pure cacao contains beneficial neurotransmitters and neuro-modulators already present in our brain. It also contains reuptake inhibitors that block the pathways that our bodies normally use to break down and recycle these beneficial mood altering molecules, so the good mood lasts for longer. In the long term, regularly working with ceremonial cacao can have therapeutic health benefits, including creating new neural pathways that change our daily experience to include more joy, love, and connection.

Top Molecules in Cacao

Some of the top mood altering molecules in cacao include:

Anandamide is commonly referred to as the bliss molecule, and is associated with the runner’s high effect. It is actually the first endocannabinoid to be discovered, and it is well known for moderating pain. Cacao also has N-linoleoylethanolamine, which is the reuptake inhibitor for anandamide.

Phenylethylamine (PEA) - Helps with excitement, alertness, attention. Gives the perception of time slowing down.

Norepinephrine is commonly referred to as the joy molecule. It is both a neurotransmitter and a hormone,

Serotonin - Helps with wellbeing, and creates resistance to stress. Cacao also has MOA inhibitors that inhibit reuptake of serotonin.

Dopamine - Gives feelings of motivation and pleasure. Cacao also has MOA inhibitors that inhibit reuptake of dopamine.

Due to these molecules and many others, when you drink ceremonial cacao you may feel expansive, blissful, connected to self and/or others, inspired, connected to your intuition & vision, connected to spirit, grounded, emotions arise, and the movement of stuck energy. You can also experience increased blood flow, mood elevation, and a more expanded state of consciousness. Cacao is a vasodilator, meaning your blood vessels and muscular systems relax. When working with ceremonial doses of cacao, blood flow can increase by up to 30%, meaning that more blood (life force energy) is moving through your body and nourishing all of your systems.

Cacao and SSRIs

We believe cacao has potential as a holistic therapy for depression, and we have encountered the effects of cacao during depressive episodes to be uplifting and stabilizing. It is our sincere hope that someday cacao could become a part of a clinically proven method for treating depression naturally, or as a method for assisting people in reducing their dependence on powerful pharmaceuticals. 


Because cacao is contraindicated with SSRIs, many people struggling with depression cannot take cacao because of the SSRI’s they are medicating with. There is potential that people may be able to partially reduce their SSRI medication intake and supplement with ceremonial cacao, however medical studies on this need to be done to establish a verifiable protocol. If you are a medical practitioner and would like to collaborate with us on such a study, please let us know! Because pharmaceutical SSRIs have many side effects and ceremonial cacao is beneficial in so many other ways, we are hopeful that such a protocol would greatly benefit the lives of many people struggling with depression and other mood disorders.

Cacao and Minerals

Consuming cacao can replenish minerals vital to our body. Magnesium is chronically deficient in the majority of western diets, and cacao is the highest naturally occurring source. Magnesium is used in all key brain functions, especially memory and concentration. It is also beneficial for the function of the heart, acting to relax blood vessels and decrease strain. Besides magnesium, cacao is also the highest naturally occurring source of chromium, and also high in copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulfur, iron, and phosphorus.

Cacao and Heavy Metals

Our cacao has been lab tested for safety and meets comprehensive EU standards for absence of heavy metals. In particular all our cacao tests below detectable thresholds for lead, and all our cacao tests below government mandated limits for cadmium. We actually test for 68 different heavy metals, but our focus here is on lead and cadmium as those are of most public discussion.

So why is our cacao so much safer than other chocolate products out there? 

Let’s look at cadmium specifically. Cadmium uptake is dependent on many variables, including cacao genotype, cacao tree age, and other trace metals present in the soil. Notably, the more depleted the soil is of other beneficial minerals such such as Zn, Ca, Mg, and Mn, and the younger the trees are, the higher the Cadmium uptake is. Because our cacao sourcing is focused more on quality than quantity, it is not farmed as intensively as the majority of global monoculture cacao production. Rather, our trees tend to be older and within polyculture agroforestry systems with rich soils - all factors that reduce cadmium uptake. The permaculture practices that our farmers use also regularly replenish the soils. So really, cadmium uptake has a substantial amount to do with farm management practices.


It’s also interesting to note that cadmium is first accumulated in leaves, then cacao pod shells, then cacao beans. Proper handling and shelling of cacao beans can remove the husk, which has a higher concentration than the edible part, the bean. We take great care in our cracking and winnowing process to remove as much shell as possible, which also reduces cadmium concentration in the final product. With our recent factory upgrade, we actually acquired a cracker and winnower that is a state of the art German design, used in the chocolate industry for over fifty years! This results in the cleanest cacao nibs possible.

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