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A quest to find ancient cacao trees to make a limited and ultra-rare edition organic dark chocolate. Read more

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A quest to find ancient cacao trees to make a limited and ultra-rare edition organic dark chocolate.

About this project

Historical evidence shows that by 1665, ginger and cacao had become two of the most important export crops in Puerto Rico. However, by the end of the 17th century, a hurricane caused major damage to Puerto Rico’s agriculture and destroyed many cacao plantations. Damage to the agricultural sector from the storm caused food shortages and farmers had to abandon cacao. 

Many other written accounts show that off-and-on plantations have been established on the island of Puerto Rico with unknown or poorly documented provenance for the cacao. While large commercial scale production has never been realized on the island, many cacao trees have stood the test of time and survived secretly on local farms.

Recent efforts have been made to find those now naturalized trees around the island to assess local genetic diversity. 

We're going to find some of those forgotten trees, process the cacao pods and create one of a kind chocolate. 

When I say "we"...
When I say "we"...

With your pledge, you'll help our future goal become a reality : a tree-to-bar operation.

Our Yabisi Genesis Bar 72% will be created using a blend of the cacao beans that we harvest during our searches, farm visits and the ones currently planted. 

Preliminary t-shirt design
Preliminary t-shirt design

With the your help we'll be able to jumpstart our tree-to-bar operation and purchase materials for :

  • medium to full size fermentation boxes
  • custom roaster 
  • medium size melanger 
  • molds
  • cocoa mill
  • winnower
  • tempering machine
Medium capacity melanger
Medium capacity melanger

Possible future plans for the farm are:

  • One cacao tree (or more!) per school initiative.
  • Beekeeping (Organic honey!)
  • Small scale coffee plantation.
  • Small eco-lodges for visitors.
  • Bio-char production.
  • Organic ginger and turmeric production.
  • Organic açaí extract production.
  • Organic coconut sugar production.
  • Sustainable IMBA certified mountain bike trail within the farm along with hiking and sightseeing trails.

With your pledge, you can help us make this a reality!

Please use the 'Ask a Question' button if you have any questions about Yabisi Kakaw or this Kickstarter project! I'll answer your question and post it in the FAQ section as soon as possible.

If you'll like to support us using digital currencies like bitcoin, dogecoin or litecoin you can do it to the following addresses : 

Bitcoin : 

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Dogecoin : 

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Litecoin : 

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You can write to kickstarter@cacao.farm to claim rewards purchased with digital currencies.

A huge thank you for your support and consideration.  If you like this project, please share it with your friends and family.  Thank you for helping make Yabisi Kakaw a reality.  Don't forget to follow us and share our:

 

Risks and challenges

We are currently in the process of visiting farms on the central municipalities of Puerto Rico and continually propagating new seedlings. It may be possible that the trees we visit already had their peak annual harvest lost. There can be some delays because of this fact.

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    Oficial Yabisi Kakaw logo artwork sticker. Your name on the "Thank You" page of our website and in our social networks.

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    1.76 oz (50g) Yabisi Kakaw Genesis Bar 72% 50g and Oficial Yabisi Kakaw logo artwork sticker.

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    Oficial Yabisi Kakaw logo artwork t-shirt and sticker.

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    2 backers

    1.76 oz (50g) Yabisi Kakaw Genesis Bar 72% (Limited Edition: Cabo Rojo Sea Salt ) 50g and Oficial Yabisi Kakaw logo artwork sticker.

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    $20 reward

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    Own a perfectly preserved example of chocolate in its original state - a genuine cacao pod, sun-dried and hand-rubbed to a smooth finish. Pods make excellent educational tools, or striking decorative pieces .

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    $30 reward

    3 backers Limited (47 left of 50)

    Three (3) bars - 1.76 oz (50g) Yabisi Kakaw Genesis Bar 72% and Oficial Yabisi Kakaw logo artwork sticker.

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    Five (5) bars - 1.76 oz (50g) Yabisi Kakaw Genesis Bar 72% and Oficial Yabisi Kakaw logo artwork sticker.

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    $75 reward

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    A ready-to-plant naturalized Theobroma Cacao seedling plus three (3) 1.76 oz (50g) Yabisi Kakaw Genesis Bar 72% 50g and Oficial Yabisi Kakaw logo artwork sticker.

    *valid in Puerto Rico only (shipping included)

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    A day at the farm. Join us at the farm for a hands-on demonstration of our processes. From transplanting seedlings, composting, wormcasting, to picking cacao pods and tasting their sweet pulp. You'll see our progress first hand.

    *Does not include transportation costs.

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    $500 reward

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    Camp at the farm for a weekend. We'll have a camping site ready for two person and include homemade vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner for 3 days and 2 nights. You'll tour all the farm processes. You'll also get three (3) bars - 1.76 oz (50g) Yabisi Kakaw Genesis Bar 72% and Oficial Yabisi Kakaw logo artwork sticker. *Does not include transportation costs.

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    Adopt a tree create your bar. You'll choose a tree and we'll create five (5) custom bars exclusively from that tree once it starts producing pods. You'll have monthly updates on your selected tree that include, growth history, first flowering, and high resolution pictures. You can select up to three ingredients from the available crops at the time. You'll also get three (3) bars - 1.76 oz (50g) Yabisi Kakaw Genesis Bar 72% and Oficial Yabisi Kakaw logo artwork sticker.

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