Ceremonial cacao has hit Denmark and large parts of the world as a powerful tool to keep your feet on the ground in a world that is ever changing.
Cacao itself has so many good properties that it is no surprise that this particular superfood is calling for more and more people.
Information about the properties of cacao I will save for another article, because today I would like to focus on what Ceremonial Cocoa really is.
Cacao, not just for large groupe halleluja ceremonies
The word ceremonial is used interchangeably about cacao, but not many know why or what makes a cacao ceremonial
In everyday speech is ceremonial used as a term for a cacao that is of good quality and most often there is an implied meaning that the cacao is extra good for ceremonies and has a good energy.
The longing to get in touch with higher realms leads to many people being attracted to cacao, and the word ceremonial cacao can therefore seem like the approval we seek, to find "a good cacao" that can help us in ceremony and contact with our inner self and that which - just is greater
But it's more than that
Before a cacao can be called ceremonial, there are various requirements that must be met.
The word ceremonial does not refers to the fact that there is a particularly good energy in the cacao or that it is extra good for ceremonies.
That may well be the case, but that's not what makes a cacao ceremonial.
In order to assess whether a cacao is actually ceremonial, we must return to the place where the cacao is grown, harvested and handled - before you have it in your hands.
So, how do you assess whether a cacao is ceremonial?
When assessing whether a cacao is ceremonial, it is important to know that there is not yet an official organization that classifies cacao ceremonial.
Unofficially, however, there is agreement that certain requirements must be met for cacao to be called ceremonial cacao.
The requirements for ceremonial cacao are
The cacao must be grown organically and from the criollo cacao bean
All handling of the cacao must be done manually. That is, no large industrial machines are used.
The cacao beans must come from small farms. Large-scale cacao can not be called ceremonial cacao.
Sustainable cultivation. The soil is used and cultivated in a way where the soil is nourished and not eroded and the people who cultivate the soil are respected
The cacao beans are dried in the sun. This is the opposite of what happens in many chocolate companies, where the beans are roasted on machines, after which the burnt taste is compensated and hidden by adding sugar and other artificial flavors.
The term ceremonial cocoa is thus based solely on an unofficial common understanding, in the industry of cacao, of what distinguishes a certain type of cacao from other types of cacao and chocolate - and has nothing to do with the energetic part of the cacao itself.
That said, Ceremonial cacao is a very pure product that will often have a high energy because it has been handled the way it is - and which is therefore excellent, for example, for a cacao ceremony or for opening the heart, as the cacao, among other things, is known to be able to do.