Sustainable Cacao Distribution
Kakow partners with indigenous farmers around the world to deliver the highest quality organic, ethically sourced cacao. Our prices reflect a sustainable business model that is equitable for all. Revenue is evenly split by the farmers who grow and harvest the beans, the women's cooperatives that turn them into liquid magic, and our international partners who facilitate distribution. At Kakow, we guarantee that every single purchase you make will be a seamless process from start to finish. You can feel good about your purchase knowing that it directly supports communities in need.
History of Cacao
Mayan Food of the Gods
Cacao has long been used by indigenous cultures. The first people to grow cacao trees were the Maya, one of the oldest civilizations on the American continent. They used the cocoa beans as a barter currency to exchange for food or clothes, as well as for preparing a bitter drink, known as Xocoatl. It was an integral part of Mayan culture and religious activities, often used as a ceremonial offering and referred to as "Food of the Gods." Cacao is packed with vitamins and minerals, and provides natural energy through it's chemical constituents.
More than hot cocoa...
We're all familiar with hot cocoa, but what's the difference between regular cocoa powder and medicinal, raw cacao? Well, they both taste delicious... but the difference is in how the beans are processed and cooked. Raw cacao is made from fermented beans and are processed in temperature regulated ovens, ensuring that all of the healthy fats, nutrients, and vitamins are preserved. Regular chocolate, or cocoa powder, is stripped of its nutrients and medicinal properties during the roasting process and then further added to with refined white sugars, milk fats, and artificial flavors that end up causing damage to the body.
Full of Antioxidants that support heart function and improve circulation
Contains the bitter alkaloid Theobromine, and trace amounts of Caffeine that combat fatigue and provide natural energy to the body. Theobromine also works on the vagus nerve, promoting a deeper sense of well being and ease to your body's central nervous system.
Contains Anandamide, sometimes referred to as the bliss molecule, which binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain creating a sense of ease and happiness
Believed to be one of the best sources of magnesium in the world. Magnesium supports neurotransmission and provides natural energy
Contains Potassium, which is an electrolyte that helps nerves and muscles function properly. Potassium aids heart health and facilitates nutrient absorption/waste elimination in cells.
Manganese, which is an essential nutrient needed by the body to process cholesterol, carbohydrates, and proteins.
Flavonoids, which lower blood pressure, prevent blood clots, and increase circulation to the brain, heart, and cells. Flavonoids are anti-inflammatory and promote healthy skin!
Calcium, healthy bones, muscles, and heart function
Zinc, immunity and metabolic function
Chantel is a yogi, dancer, sound healer, and the founder of Kakow.
In 2015 she received her bachelors degree in Merchandise Management and went on to work at Nike World Headquarters. During her time as a global merchandiser, she learned the value of distributing high-quality products that fill a need in the marketplace.
With a growing interest in alternative ways of life, Chantel left her job and set off for an 8 month journey through Central America. It was during her time in the mystical village of San Marcos La Laguna Atitlan, Guatemala, that she first connected with the spirit of Cacao.
Chantel is excited to share cacao because she believes that it has the power to revolutionize the way we think about wellness, community, and sustainable commerce.
"He stared at his hot chocolate like it held the secrets to the universe"