Ceremonial Cacao in India
You can now buy ceremonial cacao in India! Yes! Our organic ceremonial cacao is made using traditional recipe & process to be used during cacao ceremonies. Cacao in a minimally processed form is a vasodilator, meaning your blood vessels widen & muscular systems relax helping increase blood flow by up to 30%, meaning that more blood, is moving through your body & nourishing all of your systems. Used for cacao ceremonies, it is cacao in its purest paste form and does not taste like chocolate! It has no sweetener. The only ingredient present in ceremonial cacao is roasted and ground whole shelled organic cacao beans. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing is ever added, chemically altered or taken away. Unlike hot chocolate which is made from cacao powder (where the cocoa butter is pressed out), we leave in the cacao butter, the carrier of all of cacao’s benefits. The drink is made with hot water, minimal sweetener (if so desired) – by contrast to a typical hot chocolate made with cocoa powder, sugar and milk!
History of Ceremonial Cacao
Here is how Kocoatrait Ceremonial Cacao made:
- Crafted in micro batches
- Made from whole raw cacao beans
- All the husk is removed
- Nothing else added
- Low Roasted/toasted
- Stone Ground
- Slow Ground
- Not Tempered
The traditional ceremonial grade cacao in South America is produced from Native Cacao Strains which grow naturally. They grow in the wild and without human interaction/cultivation in South American countries like Guatemala & Peru. These strains are both the rarest and contain the compounds in most concentration, necessary for ceremonial use. Ceremonial cacao is said to “open clear channels between the body, the heart, and a divine spirit”. When consumed in “ceremonial” quantities (30-60 Grams), the mixture produces a wide range of reactions from feeling of openness and ecstasy to hallucinations in rare cases, according to regular practitioners.
For the uninitiated, ceremonial cacao does not taste like hot chocolate! It tastes purer and you feel more connected to the cacao.
What is the difference between cacao paste and ceremonial cacao paste?
Technically speaking, cacao paste and ceremonial cacao are made of more or less the same ingredients. It’s the thoughtfulness and tradition in processing (low temperature roasting, hand cracking & stone grinding) and the intention in drinking ceremonial cacao that differentiates it from cacao paste. In a regular 100% cocoa paste, butter and vanilla is usually added. However, nothing is taken out or added during this process to ceremonial cacao, which leaves the ceremonial cacao pure.
Disclaimer about Ceremonial Cacao in India
To be absolutely clear, honest, upfront & transparent, “We do not use the original Native Cacao Strains grown in Guatemala & Peru to make the ceremonial grade cacao. Also, we do not hand peel the husks. This is mainly to avoid any human contact during this time of pandemic.” Kocoatrait ceremonial cacao proudly uses Organic Indian cacao with an aim to be local and Make in India and Made for India. However, we do encourage you to consume this as usual during a cacao ceremony!
However, while we carefully follow the low roasting and stone grinding process as prescribed (to the T), we cannot get hold of the Native Cacao Strains in India! Simply because it does not grow in india and is limited to Guatemala & Peru. It is made available in blocks which you can cut or shave. You can now buy ceremonial cacao in India from Kocoatrait. Simply add to cart!
Variation in humidity and temperature during transportation or storage may produce a whitish coat on or softening and melting of the product. This does not effect its fitness consumption.
Ceremonial Cacao Recipe (Video Link Below)
How to host Cacao Ceremonies?
Cacao ceremonies have been around for thousands of years, originating from Mayan and Aztec times and hosted for spiritual, medicinal and ceremonial purposes for inner awakening and creative guidance. A ceremony combines Breathing exercises, meditation, sound journey, dance, music. It all sounds fun! To know more about how to host a cacao ceremony please click here !