Regeneration

Cholaca is connecting people all over the world with the true essence of the best cacao on the planet.

Cacao is like no other fruit or vegetable, the BEST cacao can ONLY be grown in rainforests! So, the more cacao we purchase and consume, the more rainforests we save.

That’s why at Cholaca we say: Every sip saves the rainforest!

We source our beans exclusively from heirloom cacao farms owned and operated by regenerative farmer cooperatives on the lush Ecuadorian Pacific coast, where the elements perfectly converge and create optimal conditions for shade-grown, beyond-organic production. This rich terroir imparts a uniquely rich and exquisite flavor to our beans.

These heirloom cacao farmers are represented by the Regenerative Farming Cooperative who won the Fruit and Flowers taste-profile award in 2012, setting the standard for aromatic cacao in Ecuador. Here at Cholaca, we feel honored by the invitation these communities have extended us to partner in bringing this superb cacao to the world with the ethical integrity it deserves. We are guided by the skilled team at Terra Genesis International (TGI) and are proud to be a responsible and sustainable focused business.

Here’s how regenerative cacao works:

  • Currently farmers can’t command enough money to keep their cacao crops sustainable.
  • Cattle ranchers offer cacao farmers roughly 50% more than they would otherwise make from farming to strip down their farms so their cattle can graze … to the tune of 20 million hectares a year.
  • Since the best cacao grows in the shade and under the rainforest canopy, the supply chain for the best cacao is dwindling away.
  • Permaculturists and agro-warriors try to convince farmers to use better farming practices to get better quality products, but farmers struggle for mere subsistence.
  • Cholaca pays farmers 2.5 times more than the highest premium for Organic cacao.
  • Next thing you know, farmers with stripped down farms start growing cacao again!
  • But there’s the catch… Cholaca will buy all of their cacao only if they work with our Permaculture friends. Why? Because they know how to produce the best cacao in the shortest period of time.

Makes sense? That’s regeneration!

If you purchase high quality single origin cacao and if supporting sustainable farms through regeneration is important to you, you need to consider purchasing Cholaca’s 100% pure cacao for your next chocolate project. You are part of a collective of like-minded conscientious chocolate lovers who have the ability to truly make a difference through what you choose to purchase.

We do this by committing to the 5 Seeds of Regenerative Cacao

Trade

We do business directly with the leading Regenerative Farming Cooperatives of Ecuador and Columbia. We are a certified Fair-Trade company, and we work with communities to form long-term partnerships that actively regenerate the social, economic, and ecological fabric of daily life.

Story

We are committed to telling the stories of these farmers and their families’ experiences stewarding these ancient cacao groves for generations. By creating connections between them and our customers, we are bringing real transparency and true sustainability to an industry otherwise mired in “green-washing”.

Source

Cholaca cacao is single-origin, so we are partnering with communities for the long-haul. These farmers have experienced their fair share of industry exploitation. We see that these farmers are on the cutting edge of regenerative agriculture. When you choose Cholaca, you bring vitality to your body, to communities and the Earth.

Product

We let the cacao speak for itself because it’s the real deal. 100% pure cacao. No separation into cocoa butter and powder, unsweetened and unadulterated with additives. If you love the pure essence of cacao as much as we do, it doesn’t get better than this.

Manufacturing

We use only the highest quality, independently-owned processing facilities available. Furthermore, we have made a commitment to build a manufacturing and processing facility that is owned and operated by the farmers themselves – cutting out the middlemen and allowing more wealth to enter and remain in their communities.

The depth of ecological and social regeneration happening in this region is unparalleled. It’s also threatened. The devastation of this landscape by deforestation for timber and cattle grazing, toxic shrimp farming, oil, natural gas, and rare mineral extraction are applying tremendous pressure from all sides.

Are you tired of tasting slavery and exploitation when all you want is to enjoy some truly delicious chocolate? So are we. That’s why we are bringing the cacao industry into integrity with people and planet. When we eat chocolate, we want to taste social justice and ecological regeneration. Don’t you?