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From the heart of the world ...
A place where all of the Earth's biomes are found from the Caribbean Sea to the rainforest to grassland to the glacial peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. A place where global change is closely monitored and kept in balance by its caretakers, the Arhuacos. They are descendants of the Tairona, an ancient civilization dating back to the 1st century AD. The Tairona grew cacao and prepared it as a drink. The Arhuacos today live a traditional village lifestyle led by their spirtual leaders, the Mamos. They make a livelihood from agriculture and hand-woven wool mochilas. Just recently, the Colombian government has given them back their spiritual land by the sea, allowing them to move back from the highlands where they were pushed by conflict. They found their ancestral cacao still intact. They recently started working on the harvest and fermenting of this cacao as a means to connect with their ancestors and deliver a message to the world to protect Mother Earth. With the recent onset of COVID19 and surge of natural disasters worldwide, this cacao has become increasingly rare as the Arhuacos take a respite from its harvest and focus their efforts on ceremony to bring the Earth back into balance.
From the heart of the world to you...
We worked very carefully on this chocolate bar to deliver you something that is pure and properly balanced in flavor and experience to draw you back to being more connected with nature. The cacao is so remarkable that we found this balance with a very high percentage dark milk chocolate of 66%. The ancestral cacao has very low bitterness, a rich chocolate flavor with maltiness, soft fruit, and a nice crunch from the Arhuacos cacao nibs that add to its richness.
When Denise presented this chocolate to Mamo Camilo, he said, "This chocolate captures the essence of the Arhuaco ancestral cacao."
Ingredients: organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic milk
Allergen information: contains no nuts, wheat, gluten, or soy (nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free). Made in a facility that uses dairy.