Cacao Puro 100% Ceremonial

Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
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Belice sin límites

Sumérgete en la indagación personal con este mágico chocolate para beber que crece en medio de las selvas tropicales que cubren las antiguas pirámides mayas. Despegue las capas de su ser ilimitado con meditación, rituales e indagación personal mientras bebe este cacao ceremonial puro que proviene directamente de trescientas familias indígenas Q'eqchi' y Mopan Maya en el sur de Belice.

Este cacao ceremonial proviene de 300 pequeñas granjas familiares orgánicas (de 1 a 5 acres) en las estribaciones del sur de Belice. El 75% de nuestras familias campesinas son indígenas Q'eqchi' y Mopan Maya, y cultivan su cacao crudo puro con profundo respeto y comprensión de la ecología local. Hemos invertido en una granja de demostración de permacultura aquí para ser pioneros en técnicas agroforestales innovadoras, promover el cultivo de cacao en la región y propagar plántulas tradicionales. Este es el primer cacao que usamos con fines ceremoniales. Este cacao tiene una designación de reliquia del Proyecto Heirloom Cacao, y es producido por Maya Mountain Cacao.


Organic Cacao Beans from Belize


Expansive, Expressive, Magical

Best For

Meditation and Creativity

Flavor Profile

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


Mix & match any of our cacaos. Automatic discounts applied in cart for 3 or more one pound bags or 2 or more five pound bags.

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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.

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Preparing Your Cacao

  • Step 1

    Take a handful of cacao discs (use 20-25 discs, depending on your desired dosage).

  • Step 2

    Combine with 1 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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421 reviews
  • Ryleigh S.
    Verified Buyer
    5 days ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Delicious and heart activating

    I can honestly say I loved this cacao, delicious flavor and heart activating nature, I made this cacao for ceremony and everyone loved it. I love having cacao by myself - creating an intimate connection with my heart and this plant medicine but more often than not I get cacao for ceremonies. I must admit it is a bit expensive but it’s of high importance for me to know where and how the cacao is sourced, to support - honor the earth from seed to sow and all the sacred hands that are apart of the process. I love how this company is very transparent and really gives you a lot of background information + shares in depth details on the sourcing and the indigenous families.

  • lisa r.
    Verified Buyer
    1 week ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The health benefits are better than I’d realized!

    Delicious and satisfying, thank you

  • Aaron P.
    Verified Buyer
    1 week ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Delicious 100% cacao

  • Megan A.
    Verified Buyer
    4 weeks ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    I decided to try this to replace my morning cup of coffee and it wonderful and heart nourishing first thing in the morning.

  • sara h.
    Verified Buyer
    1 month ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Smooth and delicious!

    Loved this cacao from Belize! It was super smooth and so yummy. Full of love and creative energy. I had never used discs before, but have throughly enjoyed the change.

  • Vanessa O.
    Verified Buyer
    2 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Very smooth!

    I have digestive issues and these have been very gentle in my system compared to other brands!

  • Tricia T.
    Verified Buyer
    2 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Best cacao ever

    Exquisite taste

    I enjoy it added in my latte

    I feel a deep sense of relaxation

  • Daniela A.
    Verified Buyer
    2 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    The best cacao ever!

    So delicious!!!!!!

  • Kristen L.
    Verified Buyer
    3 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    So tasty

    Enjoy this so much! Have it almost every morning

  • Shaunda G.
    Verified Buyer
    3 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Relaxing and Reflective

    A great cacao to get those creative juices flowing.

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Answers to Frequent Health Questions

What are the Nutrition Facts?

Due to smaller disc size, please note serving size is 20-25 discs

Pure Cacao Nutrition Facts

Is Your Cacao Tested for 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.

Are there any Contradindications?

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.

What Minerals Does Cacao Have?

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.

How Does Cacao Affect 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.

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