THE MEANING BEHIND CUATRO MANOS Y CINCO VOLCANES
CUATRO MANOS: Means four hands because it takes many hands to farm, care, create and distribute!! By honoring this we are also honoring the four directions of the island, of the world and all the people who make this possible!
CINCO VOLCANES: This pays homage to the 5 main volcanos on Hawai'i island honoring Pele in her creation. While cacao itself loves volcanic soil this cacao comes from the MOST ACTIVE VOLCANIC ISLAND in the WORLD. You can taste the life in it!! This cacao teaches us, how to create from the unknown, and it is a guide for us in these times of returning to the land.
LIVING IN CEREMONY
Living in ceremony with ceremonial cacao means being in a relationship with the Earth and the cacao spirit. We listen to what the island and cacao want, and do not follow trends or human needs to be fashionable or excited. We honor the spirit of the Earth and the spirit of the cacao, allowing them to guide us in ceremony. We take the time to connect with the plants, the trees, and the animals that are co-creating the ceremony with us. We find deep joy in being in harmony with the Earth and the spirit of the cacao. We create from a place of love and service, not from a human-centric perspective.
RELATIONSHIP NOT RECIPES
We believe that ceremonial cacao is more than just a food - it is a tool to help us connect with the spirit and energy of the cacao plant and its ancestors. We don't have recipes, but rather deep relationships passed down to us since 1600 BCE. Our ceremonial cacao blends are inspired by these relationships, rather than by taste or what is popular. We strive to honor the spirit of the cacao and its ancestors through growing these "ingredients", nurturing, and being led by what the cacao and our ancestors show and tell us to do.
PASTE NOT POWDER
All our cacao is made for ceremony in a sustainable and prayerful way. All cacao tempered from cacao paste.
Cacao paste is made from the whole cacao bean. Compared to cacao powder, which has been defatted, cacao paste is typically 50% cacao butter.
Ceremonial cacao is made with cacao paste, because cacao butter is the best carrier for the beneficial compounds in cacao. This means that our bodies are able to absorb more of the nutrients.