''I discovered Criollo drinking cacao in November 2015, through my fascination with plant medicines & shamanism. I had been sitting with the Mother of all plant medicines, Ayahuasca, for nearly the entire year, which had profoundly impacted my life. Determined to discover a non-hallucinogenic Amazonian plant that positively affected human consciousness, my readings led me to this gentle yet very powerful plant... CACAO.
In my studies of Cacao, I quickly discovered that the Mayans have been drinking cacao for centuries for spiritual and health purposes. But not just any cacao, whole-bean, native cacao. I also learned that the chocolate we eat today is actually not from native cacao beans, but rather from genetically-modified beans so that they are more resistant to bacteria and much cheaper to control. Beyond intrigued, I found a criollo cacao source in Guatemala, and after a month and a half of waiting, it arrived at my door step.....
Upon my first sip, I was in love. I began working with her regularly (yes, the 'spirit' of Cacao is feminine), and felt her healing my heart, opening me up to the infinite possibilities of this realm, and connecting me back to my higher Self, my community, Nature, and my deeper Purpose.
Due to the long, complicated ordering process of Guatemalan cacao, I set out to make it simpler. My first trip to Guatemala reinforced my passion for this plant, for the people behind it, and for the need to bring it to the Western World in a new way.
KAKAO came to life with ease and flow, while always inviting me to have a deep sense of courage. I followed my guidance every step of the way, even when I was scared, and now look back on the entire journey with deep gratitude and awe.
Since then, I have been blessed with the full-time support of my beloved, Michael. We have formed deep relationships with cacao farmers & on-the-ground badasses in both Peru & Guatemala, that help us source truly native cacao beans in a sustainable way. KAKAO is a 501c3 non-profit in order to protect the farmers, the communities, and the sacredness of this plant.
Michael and I are guided by the spirit of Cacao daily to bring her to the people. We have been stone-grinding, producing and blessing thousands of pounds of KAKAO in our own place in LA since Michael came on board, and we are now moving production to Lima, Peru to increase the impact.
As a part of our calling, we hold regular Cacao Ceremonies to invite others into their heart-space with this sacred (and delicious!) plant. To date, we have seen hundreds of lives impacted by this Plant 'Deva,' Cacao, including ourselves as we continue our intimate relationship with her.
I feel as though my work with cacao is truly a 'calling,' and in that I am incredibly honored & humbled to be the one that is called. KAKAO is a beautiful brand with tremendous impact. And the plant itself....well, you'll just have to fly her to know. Xx''
- Makenzie, Founder & co-channel of KAKAO
Michael & Makenzie now travel the world procuring & producing KAKAO, as well as sharing it through sacred cacao ceremonies & high-vibe events. You can find out about their upcoming events here.