The "Big Chocolate" Industry is in Chaos

The "Big Chocolate" Industry is in Chaos

April 08, 2024

You may have heard that chocolate prices are going up... but what does that actually mean? And will it affect the cacao you get from Soul Lift?

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Ceremonial Cacao and Psilocybin Mushrooms: Historical Overlap and Therapeutic Synergy

Ceremonial Cacao and Psilocybin Mushrooms: Historical Overlap and Therapeutic Synergy

April 05, 2024

For thousands of years, ceremonial cacao and psilocybin mushrooms have been used by indigenous groups in Latin America. Now cacao presents potential advantages for administration methods and therapeutic effect in modern psilocybin therapies.

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Why Fermentation Length Matters for Ceremonial Cacao

Why Fermentation Length Matters for Ceremonial Cacao

January 16, 2024

Fermentation is an important step in cacao preparation and has a big effect on the flavor and aroma of the finished product. But how does it actually work?

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How Ancient Ceramics Are Changing the Story of Cacao

How Ancient Ceramics Are Changing the Story of Cacao

December 04, 2023

In the last 40 years there have been incredible findings that expand and clarify the use of cacao in the ancient cultures of what's now the Western Hemisphere.

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Why We Closed Our Brick-and-Mortar Cacao Shop

Why We Closed Our Brick-and-Mortar Cacao Shop

November 11, 2023

A note from Soul Lift Cacao founder Nick Meador about the change to our local offerings that happened in November 2023.

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Testing Ceremonial Cacao for Polyphenol Antioxidants

Testing Ceremonial Cacao for Polyphenol Antioxidants

August 29, 2023

In order to continue revealing the difference between traditionally prepared cacao and other types of chocolate and "cocoa" products, we had Heart of the Earth ceremonial cacao tested for polyphenol antioxidants. The results amazed us!

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How to Make an Iced Cacao Drink

How to Make an Iced Cacao Drink

May 14, 2023

Wondering how to make ceremonial cacao as an iced drink? Follow our easy step-to-step guide and you'll be enjoying a cold cacao drink in no time!

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Announcing our 2023 Annual Report

Announcing our 2023 Annual Report

March 02, 2023

Soul Lift Cacao is proud to present our first-ever Annual Report covering our efforts around impact, transparency, and ethics.

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Meeting Ixquik Lopez Zavala, the Maker of La Noche Cacao

Meeting Ixquik Lopez Zavala, the Maker of La Noche Cacao

February 26, 2023

On February 25, 2023, we had a virtual meet-and-greet with Ixquik Lopez Zavala, the leader of the Utz K'aslemal cacao collective that makes La Noche cacao. Here you can watch the video recording.

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Insider Tips for Traveling in Guatemala

Insider Tips for Traveling in Guatemala

February 15, 2023

Guatemala is a captivating and complex country where more and more people are traveling to learn about ceremonial cacao. Here are our tips for ensuring a great visit!

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Testing Ceremonial Cacao for Mold and Mycotoxins

Testing Ceremonial Cacao for Mold and Mycotoxins

February 02, 2023

How do you know if cacao and chocolate are free of mold and mycotoxins? In order to make such claims there has to be proper laboratory testing. So that's what we did.

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Ceremonial Cacao Lab Testing for Caffeine and Theobromine

Ceremonial Cacao Lab Testing for Caffeine and Theobromine

January 24, 2023

There’s very little data out there about the content of caffeine and theobromine in 100% pure, artisanal, minimally processed cacao. So in 2022 we had all our cacao varieties tested. The results surprised us, to say the least.

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