Our Sourcing & Production Standards


KAKAO's Sourcing in Peru

Throughout our website, we share in detail about the direct sourcing of native cacao from wild farms in Peru, as well as the relationship we hold with those on the ground in Peru. We also share our story and the 'why' behind creating this organization in the first place.

Through our travels and research, we were ultimately guided to partner with the native strain of cacao from Peru, called Cacao Chuncho. Having been exposed to and vastly educated on Cacao Chuncho over the years, we are extremely passionate about its history, its preservation, and the farmers and communities connected to it.

To our knowledge, there is currently no record of using Cacao ceremonially in Peru. We have heard of Indigenous peoples in Peru growing cacao, offering it as a part of Dieta in combination with other Master Plant Teachers, or using it as medicine especially during pregnancy.

With that said, we wholeheartedly stand by Cacao Chuncho’s ceremonial uses and we feel honored and privileged to share this special Peruvian cacao as a heart-opener, an assistant in emotional healing, an ally in creativity, and a connector to the Natural World and Higher Self.

In addition to KAKAO's mission to make ethically-sourced ceremonial-grade cacao accessible for heart-healing across the globe, as a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization we have a responsibility to give back to the communities and people involved in growing, harvesting and producing our product. While paying beyond fair-trade prices has been a non-negotiable since Day 1, KAKAO stands to take it even further. Our aim is to be profitable no later than early 2022 and partner with the team on the ground in actualizing our first give-back project.

Learn more about KAKAO's sourcing & production methods here.