Awake Healer sources it’s Cacao from the Kichwa tribe in the Amazonian region of Ecuador. The Cacao is Criollo “pronounced Cri-yo-yo” Arriba Nacional. “Cri-yo-yo” comprises less than 1% of all Cacao production around the world. It is very rare and expensive. Criollo Arriba Nacional comprises less than 1% of all Criollo production. To say it is rare, would be a huge understatement!!!!
The cacao that we get from the Kichwa people is the finest in the world. This is because there is a collective of Kichwa villages that is part of a collective called a Chakra. This collective pools all of the harvest from the trees that grow natively on their individual property, and is picked up by a 4×4 pickup truck that delivers it to the harvesting facility. The entire Chakra participates, and has been subsidized by the government with assistance from the Universities in Quito in helping the families learn how to care for the trees and how to use the environment and it’s natural substances rather than chemicals to protect the trees. The Chakra has achieved the highest acclaim and awards for their cacao. The cacao is 100% organic. The strain of cacao that is harvested here is unadulterated and unchanged, and can be traced back over 5000 years! Most cacao throughout the rest of the world is adulterated and has been transplanted and grafted with other cacao in order to make it more resilient and less prone to disease. The cacao here is wild. It is not planted and harvested like most cacao farms. Matt Stoker stayed with the Kichwa tribe, and they told him that the natural environment and natural plants that surround the trees are what makes this cacao so special. You will never see cacao trees growing in a row in this region. They are considered a national treasure, and are revered and protected. We are fortunate to have created a relationship with these people….the head of the Chakra told Matt that he was shown that he would be a leader in bringing opportunity and blessings to his tribe while in an Ayahuasca ceremony years before he actually became the head of the Chakra. The families that Matt stayed with told him that with the pandemic of Covid 19, they were cut off from the world, but the Chakra banded together, and the Cacao was harvested, and it helped them all survive economically. We have been able to add nothing but some drops of essential oil to make the cacao ready to serve at a cacao ceremony. We have also added the Pure Vine of Ayahuasca to certain batches. This blend is named, Chocaya, and is truly special. Many people have shared their spiritual experinces with communing with this blend, and it is truly remarkable!!!! Because of it’s rare quality, there is little need to add many ingredients to it in preperation for ceremony. We believe that you will be able to sense how special this is the first time you taste it.