No one quite embodies the Cacao Spirit quite like CacaoAmor creator, Deya does. Her passion, charm and loving nature often leaves her ceremony attendees wondering whether or not, she is in fact the Cacao Goddess Ixcacao herself, reincarnate.
Deya's love of Cacao began as a child in her home country of Ecuador. As a young teenager Cacao would speak to her through dreams and meditation, though it wasn't until years later that she experienced her first ceremony in Palenque, Mexico.
It was at this moment that Deya realised her calling and began her study with a medicine family in Mexico, it was here that she learnt the art of facilitating Cacao ceremonies and sharing Cacao in the tradition way.
After 6 years on the road, sharing her medicine in Australia, South America, and the US, Deya settled back into her home in the UK where she established her unique brand of Ceremonial Cacao - CacaoAmor.
CacaoAmor is committed to respecting and honouring our natural environment through sustainable agriculture, supporting small farmers and their families to flourish. Keeping alive traditional methods and preserving ancient varieties of Cacao, as well as an ecosystem of many other plants, trees, and creatures living with the Cacao trees.
CacaoAmor Founder Deya
THE CACAOAMOR COMMUNITY
The CacaoAmor community is comprised of its founder Deya, two family owned farms in Ecuador; Danilo, a biochemist chocolate wizard and his small chocolate laboratory in Cayambe, Ecuador; and all the wonderful cacao fairies that have supported the project with micro investments, business advice and moral support.
CacaoAmor is part of the thriving community that is Morning Gloryville, established in London, MGV is pioneer of sober morning raving, responsible for bringing conscious clubbing to the world. Deya holds the CacaoAmor station at their monthly events.
In addition, Deya has established the ‘CacaoAmor True EcoNomics Fund’ to provide resources in support of the farmers and the land. £2 of every package of CacaoAmor sold goes towards the fund to help create more sustainable conditions for the farmers and the trees, whilst benefiting consumers with top quality Cacao. Furthermore, CacaoAmor will be teaching the women of the farms how to ferment and dry the cacao beans themselves, meaning they get better rates for their cacao where it will travel directly from the farms to the chocolate laboratory to be lightly toasted and stone ground into her signature ceremonial paste.