Consciously Crafting Magical Chocolate
Our journey began in 2009 with a seed.
The desire to produce an authentic Maya Drinking Chocolate.
A virtuous drink, that would honor its ancestral roots.
A chocolate that is inherently good for those that drink it,
and good for the Planet as well.
So, we walked, we studied, we shared, we drank, we polished,
we imagined and we crafted and we CREATED.
We fell in Love.
Highest Quality Ingredients:
CEREMONIAL GRADE CRIOLLO CACAO, PANELA. MAYAN SPICES AND FLOWERS, WHOLE VANILLA BEAN
We pay careful attention to every stage of production;
starting with meticulous sourcing of our ingredients, which is definitive in achieving the unique sensorial profile characteristic of Cacao Junajpu-
We micro-batch process our cacao using traditional Maya methods: banana leaf fermentation, sun drying, slow roasting, stone-mill grinding, then mixing by hand.
To further preserve the distinctive flavor profile and nutritional value of our cacao, we employ a whole-bean process; no separating, no heating, conching or tempering, and of course, no chemicals, additives or preservatives!
(NO dairy, soy, gluten, or nuts )
In short, we do as little processing as possible, honoring and nurturing the ancient methods and traditions of cacao making.
~and there is the Maya Ceremonial part of our process ~
Cacao Junajpu is made according to the Maya Sacred Calendar,
We do a small ceremony for each batch
based on the energy of the day, (the nawal and number)
infusing it with the wisdom, power and magic of the day.
(see "Magic" page)
Slow, low temperature Roast
We perfected our slow roast of the beans at low temperatures, (below 118˚F/45˚C) stone grind them, and then mix by hand with the spices and panela. (see below for information on Panela) That’s it! Nothing added, nothing taken away. Pure and simple!
Fresh cut Sugar Cane
Panela is pure, unrefined cane juice, dehydrated and crystallized by evaporation with no added chemical substances. It contains all the natural goodness inherently present in sugarcane: Rich in A, B, C, D and E vitamins, and the minerals phosphorous, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Sweetness that's good for you!
How to Make Your Cacao:
Just add 4 heaping teaspoons of Cacao Junajpu to Hot water or Milk. (best not to boil your cacao)
Mix using a whisk, or even better a blender (caution when blending hot liquids!) or a magic bullet, and pour into your favorite mug. ENJOY!
Cacao is an amazing super-food:
It contains natural serotonin, ethylamine, theobromine, magnesium, polyphenolics, (catechins and epicatechins) arginine, and flavonoids. In other words, it works as a health tonic, an anti-depressant an anti-stress agent, and it makes you feel good!
Healthy energy levels ~ Meditation Tool~ Positive/Enhanced Moods~ Increased Focus~
Aphrodisiac ~Cellular Regeneration ~Powerful Antioxidant~Free Radicals ~Heart Health~Healthy blood pressure and blood Sugar levels~Healthy inflammatory process~Healthy digestive process~Natural detoxification and elimination process~Healthy brain function