Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 14, 2011.

Update #5

Last Five Days to Meet Our Goal for Great Chocolate!

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This is it folks! Our last 5 days to get to our goal of $15K to help cacao farmers in Chiapas get organic certification, improved fermentation equipment, and introduce their amazing chocolate to you and the rest of the world. But we'll only be able to get you all this delicious historical chocolate if we make it to 100%, another $3500. So if you want those bars we've promised you and that you, we, and the cacao farmers have worked so hard to make, please tell everyone you know to pledge whatever they can to back this project and improve the livelihoods of cacao farmers while giving everyone more amazing chocolate straight from its roots.

We thank you a million fold for all the incredible support you all have already shown, getting us over 75% of the way to our goal, telling your friends about the project, and spreading the word far and wide. Now we only need all your friends to tell all their friends and we'll have enlarged the circle of true chocophiles wide enough to make it to our project deadline in 5 days.

As the finish line is in sight, we wanted to post a video to show you where this journey of praise-winning chocolate started. We've decided to show you how far we've progressed with the cacao farmers of Xoconusco, Chiapas by posting a video a day until we make our goal, and this first one shows Don Isidro Lopez showing off his prizewinning 42-year-old Criollo cacao tree at his farm in Santa Cecilia in the beautiful Huehuetan foothills of Xoconusco. His cacao, with over 50% prized white seeds, is nestled among the shade of banana, mango, coffee, and ice cream bean trees. Through his careful fermentation which we'll show in future videos, he's able to get the best tasting beans in the region. We would love to be able to put a new fermenting barrel in his yard, an organic certification stamp on his bags of cacao, and a smile on his face by telling him we want to buy 1000 lbs of his excellent cacao, but we can only do this if you tell your friends and their friends to back us and get us the last 25% of the way to chocolate that's being demanded around the world since it's true to its roots!

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    A bar of stone ground, organic dark chocolate crafted from aromatic cacao beans grown by a coop of small farmers in Chiapas, Mexico.

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    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.

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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.

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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).

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