What is Ceremonial Cocoa?
Ceremonial Cocoa 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 changing.
Cocoa itself has so many good properties that there is nothing to say that this particular superfood is calling for more and more.
Information about the properties of cocoa I will save for another article, because today I would like to focus on what Ceremonial Cocoa really is.
Cocoa that is more than just good in a ceremony context
The word ceremonial used interchangeably about cocoa, but not many know why or what makes a cocoa ceremonial
In everyday speech used ceremonial as a term for a cocoa that is good and most often there is an implied meaning that the cocoa is extra good for ceremonies and has a good energy.
The longing to get in touch with the greater lets many be attracted to cocoa, and the word ceremonial cocoa can therefore seem like the approval we seek, to find "a good cocoa" 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 cocoa can be called ceremonial, there are various requirements that must be met.
The word ceremonial refers does not to that there is a particularly good energy in the cocoa or that it is extra good for ceremonies.
That may well be the case, but that's not what makes cocoa ceremonial.
In order to assess whether a cocoa is actually ceremonial, we must return to the place where the cocoa is grown, grown, harvested and handled - before you have it in your hands.
So, how do you assess whether a cocoa is ceremonial?
When assessing whether a cocoa is ceremonial, it is important to know that there is not yet an official body or organization that classifies cocoa ceremonial.
Unofficially, however, there is agreement that certain requirements must be met for cocoa to be called ceremonial cocoa.
The requirements for ceremonial cocoa are
The cocoa must be grown organically and of the Criollo type
All handling of the cocoa must be done manually. That is, no industrial machines are used.
The cocoa beans must come from small farms. Large-scale cocoa can not be called ceremonial cocoa.
Sustainable cultivation. The soil is used and cultivated in a way that the soil is nourished and not eroded and the people who cultivate the soil are respected
The cocoa beans are dried in the sun. This is the opposite 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.
Then they are ground into cocoa mass, where nothing is added or removed from the cocoa.
Term ceremonial cocoa is thus based solely on an unofficial common understanding, in the cocoa industry, of what distinguishes this type of cocoa from other types of cocoa and chocolate - and has nothing to do with the energetic part of the cocoa itself.
That said, Ceremonial cocoa 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, for example, a cocoa ceremony or for opening the heart, as the cocoa, among other things, is known to be able to.