Ceremonial Cacao Arhuaca Tribe, Colombia

Ceremonial cocoa, 100% pure raw organic, handcrafted by the Arhuaco tribe, following the ancestral method.

The cocoa grown by the Arhuacos is classified as one of the best in the world for its flavor, aroma, excellent quality and unique characteristics.

The Arhuaca tribe of the Sierra Nevada in Colombia grows cocoa on their ancestral lands, as they have done for centuries. According to them, cocoa is the drink of the divine parents. It is part of the Arhuaca culture, whose families transmit the knowledge and teachings of their ancestors from generation to generation.

The cocoa beans are harvested by hand. They are then left to ferment, a transformation process in which the beans develop their characteristic chocolate aroma and flavor. Subsequently, the grains are dried in the sun.

Recipe: To prepare the ceremonial drink, add one ounce of cocoa to four ounces of water and mix well. You can add a little honey. This cocoa can also be used to make hot chocolate, smoothies or unsweetened chocolate.

Type: Granular

Origin: Arhuaca Tribe, Colombia

Ingredients: 100% pure ceremonial grade cocoa

Presentation: Cocoa Bar.

Net weight: 450 Gr.

Storage: Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.


Arhuaca Tribe

The Arhuaco people call themselves “Iku”, which means “people” in the Ika language. They are native to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, and descendants of the pre-Columbian Tairona culture.

They are one of the best-known native peoples in Colombia, and represent 1.59% of Colombia’s indigenous population.

The Arhuaco tribe is established mainly in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and to a lesser extent, in the basins of the Don Diego, Mingueo and Guatapurí rivers (Valledupar, Mamatoco).

They guide their lives and their daily lives based on spirituality, respect for their gods who created the universe and solidarity with the members of the community and neighboring towns, conceiving the territory in which they live as a whole where living beings live. both from the material and spiritual worlds.

The Arhuaca women spend their free time spinning cotton and wool for their dresses, and twisting the fiber of the maguey (Agave in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs) for their backpacks.

They love and respect their fellow humans, considering as such, in addition to humans, animals, plants and inanimate beings.

They call the lion, king of the jungle, guiaj’ina, which means “Brother of all.” They are not hunters, and they never whip or heavily carry their oxen and horses.

The Arhuacos always carry toasted Háyu leaves (coca plant) inside their wool backpack; Upon meeting, their traditional greeting consists of exchanging a handful of these leaves.

Ambíra is the Mapacho that the Arhuacos use in extract form. They prepare it by cooking the Mapacho leaves over very low heat, obtaining a thick, dark-colored substance.

Arhuaco women do not take coca or ambíra, their use is reserved for adult men.

The other three native peoples that live in the Sierra Nevada along with the Arhuacas are the Koguis, the Wiwa and the Kankuamos.

The Ika or Arhuaco people live in the upper basins of the Aracataca, Fundación and Ariguaní rivers on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a mountain range in Colombia that constitutes in itself an isolated system of the Andes Mountains, on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, rising abruptly from the coasts of the Caribbean Sea to reach peaks that remain snow-capped throughout the year. , with a maximum height of 5,775 meters, being the highest mountain in the world on the seashore.

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