21 Day Cacao Challenge – The Importance of Ceremonial Cacao (Day 13)


Why ceremonial grade Cacao…?

As mentioned in my previous blog, the industrial revolution would change how cacao would be processed and eventually go mainstream.

It was in 1828, that the Dutch Chemist and chocolate maker, Coenraad Van Houten, discovered a way to treat Cacao beans with alkaline salts to remove the bitter taste and make Cacao easier to dissolve in water, thus creating the ‘Dutch Process’.  Later, Coenraad’s father then developed an inexpensive way to separate cocoa butter from the cacao liquor, producing a cake that could then be pulverised into fine cocoa powder. 

Today, Cocoa powder is processed at high heat, destroying much of the nutritional value of the cacao bean.   It is then milled into a powder and often alkalized during processing (Dutch-process) to reduce acidity, resulting in a less bitter and more palatable taste.

The way cocoa powder is manufactured, means it has lost most of its medicinal properties, by the time it reaches you in the form of a bar of chocolate or a cup of hot chocolate.  Over time this powerful superfruit and master plant teacher has been confined to the confectionary section of the supermarket having been commercialised and commoditised.

Ceremonial-Grade Cacao…

Ceremonial-grade cacao is made by fermenting and lightly toasting organic cacao beans.  The fermentation process is necessary for cultivating the flavour profile and activating certain natural compounds.  The beans are then cracked and peeled, (usually by hand), then stone ground by traditional methods to create a paste which is then set into a block.  Nothing is added, nothing is removed. The bean’s fat remains intact, helping to balance its stimulating properties and facilitate absorption over a longer period of time.

From tree to cup, ceremonial cacao is cultivated with intention, it is energetically pure and in alignment with the spirit of Cacao.

The hidden ingredient in your chocolate…

It is sad to say that the more cacao has become commoditised, exploitation has increased and the hidden ingredient in your chocolate is child slavery.

Big chocolate manufacturers signed up to a pledge to stop the extreme levels of child slave labour that was being seen in the chocolate industry.   In reality, they have broken their pledge and Mars, Nestlé and Hershey now face a child slavery lawsuit in the US.

Conscious Chocolate…

There has been a growing trend over the years for more ethical sourcing of cacao beans and creating sustainable relationships with suppliers. 

I was having a look for conscious artisan chocolatiers and came across Conscious Chocolate and I loved that their business model ensures the welfare and health of their workforce.  The founder has strong values concerning the environment and health benefits of less processed diet.  Check them out… I know that's where I will be purchasing my decandent delights from!

Cacao is an essential aspect of my life and has played a large role in facilitating deep change over the last two years.  Her heart opening and grounding medicine is what we need to reconnect with ourselves and find balance in these challenging times!


Cacao is a space holder for what you’re meant to bring into the world – Erin Eber

Enjoy life… eat ethically sourced chocolate!

Daily Intention:

To be creative.

What am I Grateful for today?

I am grateful today for my editing skills, not only in Photoshop, but my newfound video editing and podcast editing skills!

One thing today that made me feel ‘I Love my life’:

The sunshine!  It was glorious to sit outside and soak up this life-giving source of energy,

How did I follow my intuition today (with what results?)

I decided to take a break from the slog of sitting at my laptop and head outside to lie in the sun.

What Physical Changes are taking place?

I have noticed my memory is much sharper and I feel more energised.

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

I love the immediate sense of stillness and connection I feel when I start to prepare my cacao and then mindfully drinking my cacao with gratitude for the journey she has had to be here in her re-discovered form.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

I have stepped away from doing.  Whilst I still have things that need to be done, I believe she is teaching me not be distracted and to focus on the things that add value.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?

Whilst I still have moments of stress or stress being triggered by others, I am now able to shake it off quickly and refocus.

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