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Maretai Organics

Cacao Beans

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Cacao beans are the source ingredient for one of the most beloved treats in the world: chocolate.

In prehispanic Mexico, the Aztec culture used it to elaborate a bitter beverages called Xocolatl, pronounced "chocolatl". Other cultures used cacao as well: the Mayan, the Incas.

It seems the English word "cocoa" comes from a translation error of the original name "cacao". The botanical name of this plant is Theobroma Cacao, meaning "food of the Gods". In modern times, both words are accepted, however in most cases "cocoa" would generally refer to a sweetened powder mixed with other ingredients, and "cacao" powder will be 100% from cacao beans with no sweeteners nor anti caking agents.

Although cacao is now cultivated in other parts of the world such as Africa and Indonesia, our cacao beans are sourced from Southeast Mexico and Peru, the original geographical locations where the environment is just right to produce the finest cacao beans available today.