Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Keith’s Cacao.

5 April 2021

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Here, I summarize answers to the most frequently asked questions about Keith’s Cacao.

If you are just beginning your exploration of cacao paste, start with 15-20g and do not exceed 42g of cacao per serving. Observe how it works for you and give yourself time to find the amount that is right for you. Over time, as you get a feel for how cacao affects you, you may find that you need less to feel the effect. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. These post-cacao-consuming sensations last for several hours, depending on the consumed amount. A large dose of cacao (30 g +) can work up to six hours.

 

You should also adjust the amount to your body size 🙂 e.g. children need less cacao than a fully grown adult. Smaller doses of 5-10g are good for daily consumption, also for children. It helps us to calm down and concentrate. Larger doses of up to 30-35g provide great support for our daily tasks, creative work and practice. A dose of 42 is a so-called ceremonial dose – you will feel this amount of cacao working for several hours and it is best consumed during a cacao ceremony.

Sensations following cacao consumption last for several hours depending on the amount consumed. The effect of a large dose of cacao (over 30g) can last up to six hours.

Milk chocolate or cocoa with milk seems to be a “classic combination”. However, this does not mean that it is an optimal combination 🙂 If we go for natural full-fat cacao, which is full of healthy substances, we better not mix it with cow’s milk. First, many people are lactose- or casein-intolerant, and it may trigger allergic reactions. Secondly, the substances in cow’s milk interact with the compounds found in cacao (they reduce the absorption of flavonoids in the digestive system). Such modification during digestion and absorption may change and block the beneficial activity of these compounds. Therefore, it is not recommended to combine natural cacao with cow’s milk. Instead, you can well add some plant-based drinks, which are neutral.

Chocolate bloom is perfectly natural 🙂 Natural cacao paste contains fat and has not been subject to tempering, and so fat may settle on top of a cacao lump. This does not affect the taste or effect of cacao.

The fat in cacao can change the texture of cacao paste – depending on how it sets, cacao may be either hard or crumbly. It is perfectly normal and doesn’t affect the taste or effect of the cacao. It does make it easier to use 😉

Its cultivation and processing meet the necessary requirements, but there is no certificate to prove it. The main reason is that certification is too costly for small farmers. The farmers use traditional techniques, all the work is done by hand, and no chemicals are used in the cacao plant cultivation. Keith works directly with the farmers, which means that he sources his cacao through direct trade. This also means that he pays farmers fair prices for their cacao and selects beans that meet his requirements.

Cacao paste is not RAW. In order to obtain a RAW product, the temperature must be strictly controlled throughout the whole cacao-making process – both during fermentation and roasting, so as not to exceed 40-50 degrees Celsius. Keith’s Cacao ferments naturally in the sun and the temperature may sometimes exceed 40 degrees. Similarly, during roasting, although cacao is heated minimally, only to the temperature necessary to get rid of the cacao shells, the temperature is not fully controlled.

The important question is – why should cacao be RAW? A RAW product excludes fermentation, which is necessary to bring out the flavor. Unfermented cacao does not taste like chocolate, it is bitter and sour. Furthermore, the right (higher) temperature helps activate some of the cacao’s active ingredients and get rid of the bacteria living in the shells. If you want to buy RAW cacao paste, make sure that the temperature was controlled at each stage of its production and check if the cacao shells were removed without heat.

Keith is very much involved in local activities in San Marcos. It is simply his way of working and living within the community, but he does not make a great deal out of it just for marketing purposes. He works closely with over 30 local families. His co-workers are 80% women, which makes a kind of an informal women’s cooperative. The work is organized in such a way that women can do it at home and reconcile their job with their daily duties or childcare.

 

Here you can see how Keith’s Cacao is made

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgqJwoj9-HU

No. There are other ceremonial pastes and some of them are also beautiful to work with during ceremonies. You may want to try different pastes and see for yourself how they work for you, so that you use what best suits your needs 🙂

  •      When you are choosing cacao for yourself or for your ceremonies you may want to check the source. Much of the world’s cacao production takes place in unethical and environmentally unsound conditions. 

  • Support cacao producers in using sustainable and ethical practices by making conscious and informed choices and purchases. 

  • Learn about the history of the product that you are buying. You can find a variety of products on the market available at different prices, and not every cacao paste is ceremonial cacao – choose the product that best suits your needs.

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    It might be a good idea to check if the cacao has been tested for heavy metals – according to EU regulations, the cadmium content in food must be less than 0.8 ppm. Keith’s Cacao has been tested and contains less than 0.12 ppm. The content of heavy metals should be monitored especially in areas where there are active volcanoes and where plants may have absorbed such particles from the soil, e.g. in South America.

Definitely! This is the best cacao for ceremonial work, providing deep connection to the energy of cacao. It is low in caffeine (has less caffeine than decaf coffee!) and rich in theobromine. It can subtly accompany you in everyday life or take you to the depths, if our intention is deep inner work. It has superior ceremonial quality. It works wonderfully in conjunction with music, writing, with work, art, dance, yoga, meditation, breathing, and spiritual or shamanic practices.

Definitely 🙂 Smaller doses of 5-10g are good for daily consumption, also for children. They allow you to calm down and concentrate. Larger doses, up to 30-35g are great to support you in daily tasks, creative work and practices. If you are beginning your adventure with cacao, start with 15-20g and do not exceed 42g of cacao per serving. Observe how it works for you and give yourself time to find the amount that is right for you. Over time, as you get a feel for how cacao affects you, you may find that you need less to feel the effect. Pay attention to what your body is telling you.

Store cacao in a dry, cool and dark place such as the kitchen cupboard. You can also crush the cacao brick and put it in a glass jar. There is no need to store cacao in the fridge.

Cacao stored in the right conditions, i.e. in a dry, cool and dark place, can last for several years.

Yes 🙂 Please send me a message @

Many Keith’s Cacao fans ask that question;) It is the best and unique according to everyone who gets back to Keith’s Cacao after experimenting with other types and brands.

 

Why is it so? It’s hard to find one answer. Probably everyone has their reason. Those who use Keith’s Cacao often highlight the following features:

 

  •     delicate and deep chocolate flavour; 
  •     it makes you happy and relaxed at the same time;
  •     it improves mood, relieves tension, helps to relax and calm down;
  •     it improves cognitive functions, supports creative work, and increases focus and concentration; 
  •     it supports sport and physical activity, helps your body regenerate faster, and improves its endurance;
  •     it increases the level of motivation and gives you energy for action; 
  •     it allows you to stay focused and full of energy, it has a stimulating effect so that you “feel so alive”;
  •     it helps you take things easy, supports stress reduction (a natural antidepressant as it increases serotonin levels);
  •     it has a positive effect on the way you feel pleasure (a natural aphrodisiac);
  •     it helps you feel present, connect with yourself and the surrounding world, it opens your heart and makes your senses even more receptive;
  •     it’s perfect for ceremonial work as it provides a deep connection with the cacao’s energy;
  •     it works miracles combined with music, writing, work, art, dance, yoga, meditation, breathing, spiritual or shamanistic practices. 

 

Vigilance, focus, relaxation, joy — all at the same time 🙂

 

  Ethical sourcing and producing cacao with the cooperation and support of the local community and the intention to support the ceremonial experience that Keith wants for the world are important factors.

Cacao works for everyone individually, so it’s essential to give yourself space and time to learn its properties. Depending on your needs and receptivity, it may have a subtle or more intense effect.

 

Wholesome cacao in a full-fat paste is a unique composition of nutrients and psychoactive ingredients that provide multi-level nourishment to your body. 

Cacao contains over 300 different ingredients. It is plentiful in vitamins and microelements, especially magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and A, E, C, and B-group vitamins.

 

Keith’s Cacao has a positive impact on your brain. According to Keith Wilson, “Cacao makes your brain work as it should.” It means that it increases blood flow to the brain by 30–40%, improves blood flow throughout the body, and enhances focus, creative thinking, creativity, gives you energy, and makes your senses more receptive.

Cacao paste can be consumed as a drink. It is also suitable for consumption without preparation and can be used in shakes, cocktails, or simply as a snack. You can have cacao daily in an individually selected dose (no more than 30–40 g at a time) or occasionally in a ceremonial dose.

Keith’s Cacao is dry and deep-chocolate, and at the same time mild and slightly sweet. Therefore even those, who are not used to the taste of natural cacao, can enjoy it. If you find natural cacao too dry, you can try a combination with natural additives or add more water. Diluted cacao will be softer.

If you drink ceremonial cacao for the first time or you want to feel its full effect, try making yourself a private cacao ceremony:

  •     take care of adequate space (no distractions, so that you can focus on the experience for at least 1 hour)
  •     try not to eat for at least 2 hrs. before cacao drinking
  •     give yourself some time 🙂 

Let me invite you to a meeting over a cacao cup if you want more tips on how to organize your cacao practice.

  •     Make sure you have no health contraindications for consuming 100% cacao paste: High-dose cacao is not recommended for people with heart and circulatory system problems, kidney problems (stones), taking psychotropic drugs and high-dose antidepressants, as well as for people allergic to cacao. 

 

  •     Cacao will slightly raise your heart rate. If increasing your heart rate may cause a health problem, drink smaller portions or consult your doctor about the dose.

 

  •     Too large cacao dose at once can cause nausea and headache. Do not use more than 42 g of cacao for one beverage, and drink plenty of water after consuming it.

 

  •     Do not mix cacao with alcohol or other consciousness-altering substances.

 

  •     Pregnant and breastfeeding women: it is recommended to use smaller amounts of cacao depending on individual needs and well-being. You should watch how your body reacts and select a particular dose. Usually, up to 25-30 g in the first two trimesters and 15-20 g in the last trimester work well. 
  •     If you breastfeed, start with 15–20 g and see how your baby reacts to it.

 

  •     Children: Use smaller doses depending on the child’s weight (5–10 g). Try giving your children cacao tailored to their taste preferences, e.g. a warm plant-based beverage and a natural sweetener.

 

      Animals: Theobromine in cacao is highly poisonous to pets (dogs, cats, parrots and horses). Keep cacao out of their reach!

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