The Cacao Lab Journal

Jason Proffitt
The Simple Truths of Cacao Cultivation

The Simple Truths of Cacao Cultivation

In our journeys to see our Cacao-raising partners in Ecuador, we’ve learned an incredible amount about picking quality Cacao, sustainable cultivation methods, and the plant genealogy that separates the good Cacao from the truly great. It’s truly amazing the depth to which an interest in a particular plant can open your world to so many different realms of knowledge. Natural slope drainage techniques that use gravity to accumulate precious water during the dry season? Sure, let’s talk about it for an hour! But the thing that strikes us continually whenever we visit is the wisdom of our partners. Beyond technical...

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Jason Proffitt
Kicking Caffeine: Ceremonial Cacao as Coffee Alternative

Kicking Caffeine: Ceremonial Cacao as Coffee Alternative

Ah, the years-long battle to defeat coffee. Never had I made it more than one month off the brown stuff despite years of attempts. That month was magical. More energy, no sleepiness come lunchtime, and more often than not, an easy lull into slumber at bedtime. I made it through the headaches and the fogginess of the first week, and by the latter half of the month, I felt my body had adjusted. But, it was not to last. I missed the ritual of coffee. Tea has never particularly done it for me, and I longed for something robust and...

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Florencia Fridman
What to Expect from a Cacao Ceremony: Ceremony Series, Part II

What to Expect from a Cacao Ceremony: Ceremony Series, Part II

Cacao ceremonies are growing in popularity across the globe. What seemed like such a foreign experience for many of us ten years ago is now a journey loved by many who are looking to deepen their relationship with the sacred and celebrate life. You can now find a Cacao ceremony in almost every major city, often with many other modalities incorporated into the flow. If this is your first time reading about Cacao ceremonies or ceremonial Cacao, you may be wondering what the ceremony is all about. Although there are many ways to share Cacao in ceremony, here we will...

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eric fridman
Cacao farmer on his cacao finca with cacao in back

Introducing Cacao Lab Origins: a Journey to the Source

Our journey with Cacao has been incredibly heartening and expansive. We started our journey as many people do, in the enchanting lands of Guatemala. Here, my sister Florencia connected deeply with the spirit of Cacao, and internalized its meaning within the Mayan ceremonial traditions. But as I got deeper into my understanding of the true origin of Cacao and read widely on the genetic lineage of the plant, it became clear that the purest expression of the plant lay further south. New genotyping of Cacao plants from all over the Americas had confirmed what some had only previously speculated: the...

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