It's a shower of chocolate flowers of gratitude
We are still amazed at the long list of backers that keep pouring in, quickly pushing up our funding to nearly $500 over our goal today. As we narrow in on the last day of funding, if we can just get another $500 in backing we will be able to setup the CASFA organic cacao growers coop with a conche to make their own gourmet chocolate that they can sell to the world, ensuring long-lasting income for them. So for just one more day, please continue to post this on twitter, facebook, google+, and email it to all your friends to spread the word for a bit longer.
As continued thanks, we're posting perhaps our most interesting video from our trip to Oaxaca about the famed foamed chocolate drink bu'pu, made with plumeria flowers (aka frangipani, flor de mayo, or cacaloxochitl). Though plumeria are commonly associated with the lei flower necklaces of Hawai'i, they are originally native to Mexico. Almost everywhere plumeria grow outside of Oaxaca, they are thought to be toxic, but the Zapotec people of Juchitan, Oaxaca, have figured out exactly how to use them so they are not only non-toxic, but a delicious perfumed drink that is both refreshing and filling. It is just this type of knowledge surrounding the practices of making chocolate that we are trying to help preserve with projects like this kickstarter campaign. Please support it if you can, so we can continue you to bring you many traditional chocolate bars, such as ones made from the plumeria flower.
Plumeria flowers waiting to be ground into the paste with cacao and panela sugar as the base for the Bu'pu drink
A closeup of the molinillo foaming the bu'pu paste by spinning it between the hands.
The thick chocolatey foam that is made by the saponins in the plumeria along with the fat in the cacao. This foam is so think that it could be eaten with a spoon. Ferran Adria has nothing on the Mesoamericans like the Aztec, Maya, Barra, and Zapotec, who were making and eating foams like this hundreds if not thousands of years before he was born! Please help preserve this indigenous knowledge surrounding chocolate by pledging to our campaign.
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50 backers Limited (10 of 60 left)
A bar of stone ground, organic dark chocolate crafted from aromatic cacao beans grown by a coop of small farmers in Chiapas, Mexico.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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50 backers Limited (10 of 60 left)
A bar of our organic, Chiapas dark chocolate plus a bar made with these aromatic cacao beans and traditional Mayan chocolate ingredients such as chili, allspice, rosita de cacao, orijuelas, or sapayul.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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One of our new beta flavors (well before the rest of the public has a chance to taste it)! Plus a bar of our organic, Chiapas dark chocolate and a bar made with these aromatic cacao beans and traditional Mayan chocolate ingredients such as chili, allspice, rosita de cacao, orijuelas, or sapayul.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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A one-of-a-kind jaguar cacao chocolate (made with patashte, the sister plant of cacao). Plus a bar each of organic, Chiapas dark chocolate, a chocolate with a traditional Mayan ingredient, and one of our new beta flavors (well before the rest of the public has a chance to taste it)!
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We will create a delicious bar to your specifications, either dark, milk, or flavored with your favorite ingredient, and send you 5 of these personalized bars.
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We'll bring you into our chocolate shop in Hawaii for a day to learn how to make chocolate. If you can't make it to Hawaii, we'll send you an entire chocolate-making class kit complete with all the ingredients, chocolate tasting samples, and clear recipes. Plus we'll send you all of the rewards listed above!
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We will send you all the above special and personalized chocolate bars, and we'lll invite you to accompany us to southern Mexico or Central America on one of our cacao explorations to see first hand where chocolate was invented, and learn how the ancient and modern Mesoamericans make their delicious chocolate drinks and foods with beautiful aromatic flowers and spices (airline tickets not included).