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Ceremonial Cacao - Mexico Yoloxóchitl Lavado - 100% Cacao Paste

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Natural paste (cacao mass) made from ground cacao beans (theobroma cacao), also known as ceremonial cacao, is 100% real, unprocessed, fat-free cacao.

Flavour and origin

Yoloxóchitl Lavado cacao has a delicious, light and luminous milk chocolate flavour. Although chocolate is not the dominant flavour. Strong notes of tropical flowers dominate and one might be tempted to say that these are notes of floral juice. The cacao is not sour or tart and is balanced, refined and dry.

The production process for Lavado cacao (Spanish for washed cacao) is slightly different from the more popular Fermentado cacao (Spanish for fermented cacao). With Lavado cacao, the beans remain in their pods on the tree longer, until the cacao fruit ripens strongly and takes on a deep yellow colour. It follows that the fermentation process already begins on the tree. This is followed by a short 2-3 day fermentation in wooden crates. Then the cacao beans are washed in wicker baskets, dried, roasted, shelled by hand and ground into cacao paste.

This cacao is grown on a sustainable, small and organic plantation in Mexico's Tabasco state. The fermentation process is greatly aided by the bees that feed on the cacao beans, which proves the purity of this cacao from any pesticides, so if only it had EU certification it could be successfully called organic or BIO cacao.

It is made from a blend of Guayaquil (30%) and Criollo (70%) beans.

How the cacao works

Ceremonial cacao contains the energy-boosting theobromine and is therefore a healthy substitute for coffee. The effect of theobromine is much more subtle and milder than that of caffeine. It also contains anandamide, which has a calming and opening effect on the mind and heart. Therefore, ceremonial cacao improves mood and promotes creativity. Thanks to its high fat content, cacao nourishes the body well, and the minerals (magnesium, potassium) and antioxidants it contains keep our body and mind healthy and youthful.

It is not without reason that the Maya called cacao the food of the gods.

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Our cacao is 100% natural, unprocessed, kosher, halal, no sugar, no additives, no preservatives, handmade. Cacao is gluten free and can also be consumed by vegans.

What is cacao paste?

Cacao paste is the dried, shelled and then ground cacao beans, which take the form of a hard, yet brittle block or lump.

Properties of cacao

Cacao contains more antioxidants than red wine and 3 times more than green tea.

Cacao is an important source of tryptophan, which affects the formation of serotonin, and phenylethylamine, which supports the synthesis of dopamine and a number of vitamins B, C and E.

In addition, cacao contains a number of mineral salts such as magnesium, iron, chromium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, zinc, potassium and selenium.

Furthermore, the high content of healthy cacao fat, theobromine and anandamide makes cacao a natural, mild stimulant.

All this makes cacao a natural, powerful antidepressant, mood enhancer and energiser.

How to prepare cacao?

Mix about 10-20 grams of crushed cacao with water, vegetable or animal milk (200 ml) and spices such as chilli, vanilla, cinnamon or cardamom. If desired, sweeten with honey or other healthy sugar. The spices and honey should be added at the end of the process.

There are several methods for preparing cacao. We advise you to try them all, because each of them slightly changes the final taste of the drink. In this article you will find a recipe for ceremonial cacao and a lot of additional information.

  1. Mix the cacao with hot (about 90 degrees) water or milk using a blender. For about one minute. This is the fastest method of preparation. cacao prepared this way has a silky texture and a taste similar to milk chocolate.
  2. Dissolve the cacao in a pot with hot water at 70-80 degrees. Take care not to let the mixture boil. Too high a temperature will affect the properties and taste of the drink. The cacao will be thicker and more intense in flavour than the previous method. This is how the cacao is prepared during the ceremony.
  3. Boil the water or milk together with the cacao for about 5 minutes.
  4. Boil the water or milk with the cacao for about half an hour. This method will bring out the maximum flavour at the expense of vitamins, some of which will be lost as a result of long cooking.

The question of using vegetable or animal milk is individual and does not significantly affect the properties of the cacao drink. Nevertheless, we recommend using water or vegetable milk.

Daily amount of cacao

Approximately 10-20 grams. This may occasionally be increased to 50 grams.

Application

Genuine and 100% cacao paste (ceremonial cacao) is excellent for:

  1. daily consumption as a drink
  2. cacao ceremonies in doses of about 40 grams per person
  3. meditation or yoga practice
  4. baked goods such as brownie or chocolate chip cookies
  5. the production of chocolates or pralines
  6. as an accompaniment to a cheese board
  7. as a snack during wine tasting
  8. as a high-calorie snack during mountain expeditions

Classification of ceremonial cacao

All natural cacao in the form of paste, beans, nibs (ground cacao beans) or powder is bitter, however we can make a classification into less bitter or dry.

Our scale of cacao flavours is:

  • sweet
  • semi-sweet
  • slightly dry
  • semi-dry
  • dry
  • bitter

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Our ambition is to import cocoa powder and ceremonial cocoa from all over the world. We try to import organic cocoa (BIO), but not all farmers can afford to make bio certificates, and they grow great organic cocoa. That's why here you will find simply good cocoa :). Fortunately, all cocoa beans are 100% vegan and kosher.


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