About this project
We at CACOCO believe that commerce can support a different kind of living system – one where vital foods actually enhance our bodies, our communities, and the Earth itself. This Kickstarter is community-driven change at its best. By pre-purchasing your holiday drinking chocolate here, you enable us to put in place significant changes that support a new and better way of business. Specifically, this Kickstarter gives us the ability to transition to regenerative cacao and gives us access to fully compostable packaging!
We are Tony Portugal and Liam Blackmon, two friends and naturalists with backgrounds in traditional food systems and sustainable business on a mission to change the way the world grows, sources, and enjoys chocolate. For three years we have offered our chocolate elixirs in the San Francisco Bay Area at farmers markets, events, and local natural grocery stores. We’re now calling upon the community for support in making a greater impact.
Drinking Chocolate and Its Origins
For thousands of years, chocolate has been consumed in its whole drinkable form by Mesoamerican cultures like the Olmecs, Aztecs, and Mayans. The traditional preparation was to grind the cacao bean into a rich paste and blend it with water, herbs, and spices to create a rich nutritive beverage that offered strength and vitality for an active life.
In the last 200 years, modern industry has refined the fat out of the bean, and created a “cocoa craze” that has required consumers to mix the processed powder back into milk, which then needs to be filled with sugar to make up for the bad taste. The resulting “hot cocoa” has fallen far from it origins as a healthful beverage.
CACOCO is here to revive the ancient and vital form of the chocolate elixir.
Join us in this drinking chocolate revival!
The cacao bean is one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods: as a whole bean, it has a higher antioxidant value than nearly any other food. Cacao is also loaded with healthy fats, protein, minerals, and a full range of phytonutrients and chemicals that gives chocolate its beloved mood-boosting properties. Chocolate is inherently uplifting and nourishing, and also acts as the perfect delivery system for beneficial herbs and spices. This is due to theobromine, a vasodilator that opens up blood flow to the heart and delivers medicine in the most perfect way possible.
Chocolate Today: Is the perfect food broken?
Chocolate (from the Theobroma Cacao tree) is one of the most universally-loved foods, and quite literally translated as “the food of the gods." To the Mayans and Aztecs, it was worth its weight in gold. For centuries, chocolate has been a gathering point, a way to commune together, share, love and even worship.
Global chocolate consumption is increasing, and yet the current system is broken.
Most cacao in the world is unethically farmed – it uses conventional farming methods that poison the water table and deplete the soil, forcing farmers to cut further into the rainforest canopy. Cacao farmers are paid less than a living wage, and slave-like conditions persist. After harvest, cacao is exported to global candy makers, mixed with an overwhelming amount of high-glycemic, refined sugar, and then packaged into plastic which, ultimately, ends up in the landfill.
We at CACOCO are building a different kind of chocolate system!
It takes purchasing power to implement meaningful change. A fully-funded Kickstarter will allow us to:
1) Work exclusively with sustainable, organic, and regenerative cacao farms that enliven the soil, increase biodiversity, preserve the rainforest canopy, and enrich the lives of the communities that work the farms
2) Eliminate plastics and implement glue-free, vegetable-ink based, 100% certified compostable packaging
Our Two-Pronged Solution:
1) We support regenerative cacao cooperatives with organic, sustainable design.
We want one-hundred percent of CACOCO’s cacao to come from its partner farms who grow with regenerative, organic farming practices. These farmers use techniques that leave the Earth better than they found it. When you drink CACOCO, you support this evolving model of cacao farming, one that creates sustainable solutions for current and future generations.
2) We use eco-friendly pyramid boxes that take the plastic out of packaging
Our new packaging is made with 100% recycled paper and vegetable inks. It’s certified 100% compostable and is glue-free. (Glue-free? Yes! It’s held together with the power of origami!) For the past two years, we have worked to establish partnerships with Ecuadorian cacao cooperatives and we’ve designed and trialed packaging that goes into your compost, rather than a landfill.
Now, we need your help to concentrate our community’s purchasing power and put these values into the marketplace.
Midnight Mystic - Extra Dark Chocolate 80%
Fire Walker - Spicy Dark Chocolate 70%
Global Warrior - Herbal Dark Chocolate 65%
The Original - Rich Dark Chocolate 50%
We believe that customers can make the biggest impact. You can say: “This is what I want” and you can use your dollars to effect that change. We as a business can do the same. We’ve spent two years putting the plans and partnerships in place to make sustainable changes that align with our core values. We trialed small batches of our regenerative cacao and compostable packaging at farmer's markets and we talked to our fans. They’re not just willing, they’re actually eager to trade UP for high-quality, ethically-sourced cacao and packaging that leaves no trace. Here’s what some of our fans and reviewers have to say:
- "I mean, this is the best chocolate I've ever had. Ever." - Ashley Roper (5 Stars)
- "This is a magical healing elixir. Love the Global Warrior <3" - Arielle Star (5 Stars)
- "I've been enjoying CACOCO's Midnight Mystic for a couple of weeks now, and it's so good! Perfect chocolatey flavor, texture and mouthfeel... it sure is one of the best with a good dose of healthy, and it's worth every penny!" - Janice Foote (5 Stars)
How else you can help
To change the consumer landscape and invest in the world we want to see, every individual makes an enormous difference. Please consider sharing our Kickstarter with your friends, family, and anyone else you know will be inspired by our mission. We are so grateful for your support!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Share this Kickstarter on Facebook with a personal note about why you believe in it
- Share this Kickstarter on Facebook with a note saying why YOU also contributed
- Send an email to your circle of friends so they can learn more about regenerative cacao
- Join us on Facebook and Instagram
- Sign up for our mailing list
- Talk to people. Nothing beats a face to face conversation.
- Say hi at the farmer’s market
The sooner we hit our goal the sooner we will be begin fulfilling the orders for this Kickstarter. All orders will go out before Christmas! Keep in mind that for most items, a shipping cost is added on after the pledge. If this Kickstarter surpasses our fulfillment capabilities, we will keep you up to date on any changes. (We are not responsible for carrier delays during the holiday season.)
Risks and challenges
We have been making and offering this product for 3 years. We already have an established production process, therefore fulfillment of your gifts for the holiday season will be immediate, essentially as soon as we reach our goal. If this kickstarter surpasses our fulfillment capabilities, we will keep you up to date on any changes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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