Tzotzil Maya • Selva Zoque, Mexico
The Zoque Rainforest is home to several indigenous communities, including the Tzotzil Maya and the Zoque. These communities are descendants of the original Olmec and Mayan people of the greater region, who were the first people to consume cacao as a ritual and celebratory beverage. The entire planet has these people and their ancestors to thank for all things cacao and chocolate, as they were the first to master cultivation of the Theobroma cacao tree thousands of years ago. We are grateful to play a part n the revitalization of cacao farming within these ancestral forests through our purchasing efforts, which support several regenerative agroforestry projects, from biodiversity conservation, to improving the health of local soils, to sequestering atmospheric carbon and fighting climate change.
A recipe for preparing ceremonial drinking chocolate is included on each bag. Please understand that this is 100% cacao delivered in light, fluffy shavings to facilitate blending it into a luscious frothy beverage. This is not a highly processed powder, and not sweetened in any way.