Ceremonial Cacao


  • Spring or Filtered Water

  • Cacao Paste (block) or Nibs (beans)

  • Cayenne or some type of chili

  • Organic coconut sugar or natural sweetener (optional, cacao can be delightfully bitter to some)

  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Turmeric, pinch of sea salt, Vanilla Extract (all optional, make your own divine brew to your liking)


Start with 10oz. water and 1oz. Cacao (one block is 16 oz.), per person. Use more water and less cacao if you prefer to have a lighter experience or are very sensitive, pregnant, or on anti-depressants. You can make it to your preference. As you are more experienced with it, you can try 1.5 oz. cacao.

Heat the water in a pot and add the cayenne or chili. Add the cacao and turn the heat on low. Refrain from boiling once the cacao is added. The cacao will begin to soften and mix with the water. Add the optional sweetener and the spices in small amounts. Let cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, longer is fine. Add a dash of vanilla extract and pinch of sea salt if desired before serving.

Drink and savor slowly. Stir your cup with a spoon as you drink or put in a blender before drinking if you are using the nibs (beans) as they will not melt.

To hold a personal ceremony, create a quiet, sacred space for yourself. Incorporate meditation, breath work, yoga, singing, listening to or playing music, dancing, journaling. Allow for deep introspection, emotions to unravel and new ideas to come. Let your heart open and your creativity flow!

You can tune in with the 'Go To Glow' meditation from Keith, the cacao shaman we have worked with in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala 

This pure cacao from Guatemala is a gift of nature! Within 45 minutes of drinking it you can experience as much as 30-40% more blood flow to your heart and brain.

Be sure to drink a lot of water during as needed and especially afterwards to avoid headaches and nausea.

Store unused cacao in a container and be sure to keep it far away from pets, especially dogs. This type of pure cacao can be fatal to our furry friends if eaten. Cacao nibs are delicious in smoothies, crumbled over granola or oats, ice cream, yogurt and much more…enjoy!

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