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    Ceremonial Cacao

    What is ceremonial cacao? To tell you the truth we really don’t know. A lot of the pieces are missing from the puzzle. We only have the first hand accounts and records of the Spanish explorers and missionaries who first encountered the indigenous tribes/cultures of the Americas. Cacao was widely used throughout central and south America for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the Spanish. Historians and anthropologists think cacao was first consumed as a fermented alcoholic beverage using the pulp from the cacao pod. Over time through trial and error the seeds/beans were elevated to a sacrilegious status. Some research suggests cacao was at first only reserved for high priests. Priests and priestesses…

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    Rediscover Cacao for Health & Nutrition

    Forget everything you know about cacao (chocolate). For better or worse, corporations have taught us largely everything we have come to know about chocolate. When we hear the word chocolate, what comes to mind? We often have nostalgic thoughts and images of Hershey’s chocolate and/or hot chocolate (cocoa powder). Both of these products are a relatively new creation born only recently within the last 187 years during the height of the industrialized age. The invention of the cocoa press in 1828 opened the door to new products with long stable shelf lives that could be brought to the masses. Prior to the industrialized age and throughout recorded history cacao (chocolate)…

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    The First Wave of Chocolate

    What do you know about this history of chocolate? For many of us, it is a convoluted story we have been told by large multinational corporations to make us buy products. If you want to really learn about the true history of chocolate and its implications on how it can improve your life then keep reading. To start we need to look back at where it all started: Central America/South America. Archaeological evidence points to cacao usage with a few key indigenous peoples: the Olmec, Aztecs, and the Mayans. It is important to look at how they used cacao. One of the primary ways of consuming cacao was as follows: grind roasted cacao beans to…

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    Cacao (Cocoa) Pricing & Trading in the Markets

    Cocoa futures and options are traded on two exchanges:  ICE Futures U.S. (ICE) exchange and London NYSE-LIFFE exchange ICE FUTURES (ICE): US Trading Symbol : CC Contract Size: 10 metric tons (20,000 lbs) Price Quotation: US dollars per metric tons Daily Price Limit: None Minimum Price Movement: $1.00/metric ton, equivalent to $10 per contract Contract Listings: March, May, July, September, December Deliverable Growths: The growth of any country or clime, including new or yet unknown growths. Growths are divided into three classifications. Group A-Deliverable at a premium of $160/ton (including main crops of Ghana, Lome, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone). Group B-Deliverable at a premium of $80/ton (includes Bahia, Arriba, Venezuela,Sanchez among…