Honduran Oro Maya Cacao
The finest Chocolate since ancient times
As legend goes, when Cortez conquered the Aztecs and asked their emperor Moctezuma for their most prized commodity, he was shown the vaults of cacao instead of gold. The real gold of the Mayans, Oro Maya Chocolate, comes from the lush tropics of Mesoamerica where it first evolved in the Amazon River Basin between three and six million years ago. The Mayan civilization is credited for being first to document the manufacturing of chocolate and popularize in their culture, as they considered it sacred and believed it contained the ‘spirit of the gods.’ The cacao is grown, harvested and produced in the same Honduran jungle sacred to the Mayans.
Oro Maya is a collective of Honduran cacao farmers that was formed with an emphasis on fair trade and community development, making sure a certain percentage of profits are put back into the community to build schools, orphanages and hospitals.
The bean is known for intriguing bursts of citrus, molasses, sharp stone fruit, and banana. Slightly tannic with vibrant pops of flavor and a drying finish.