About Keith's Cacao
Providing the world with a connection to cacao plant medicine is our passion. With no additions, no chemicals, and no loss of quality, our 100% pure, Ceremonial Grade Cacao is here to open your heart, focus your mind, and energize your spirit to Bring on Your Magic!
With guidance from the Cacao Spirit, Keith’s intentional search for Criollo (“native”) cacao in the long-revered mountain rainforests of Guatemala’s Pacific Coast ensures your cacao beans consistently contain the perfect energy and flavor in every batch of Ceremonial Grade Cacao. This region of Central America was revered by the ancients because it produced the finest ceremonial cacao. It takes significant time and Keith’s precise intention to find beans with both the right energy and flavor. It’s worth the effort, as our product has batch-to-batch consistency others cannot match.
Our production team is managed by Keith and an amazing crew of local workers. Keith makes sure our cacao is prepared in the traditional way, to assure full potency, clean product, and the best flavor.
Kaqchikel Mayan women from 20+ local families earn an independent income, while working at home, at their own pace, preparing our cacao beans. There are few employment opportunities for women in our community. As we grow, we will create jobs for many more local, indigenous women, providing them with good pay and flexible hours. We are proud to help our community grow in this way.
Our cacao is prepared in the traditional method to ensure full potency. Local experience of getting the “perfect toast” over wood-fired stoves goes back many generations, ensuring expert-level techniques that bring out the complex cacao flavors without burnt taste. Hand peeled and examined twice by our at-home female entrepreneurs and local workshop team, each bean goes through a rigorous inspection in order to remove any low-quality beans or other contaminants. This meticulous process ensures that only the best of the best end up in our “Hand Peeled Cacao Beans” and in the milling process that creates the cacao paste we use in our ceremonies and daily drinks.
We are proud to follow in the footsteps of thousands of years of shamans by using their traditional approach, and delight in the ability to provide financial stability and a spiritual outlet for many members of our community.
Our cacao workshop is located in the Kaqchikel Mayan community of San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala, overlooking the serene waters of Lake Atitlan.