What about vitamins & nutrients?
- Magnesium: Essential for a good heart rhythm, strong bones and energy.
- Manganese: Essential for good skin and blood regulation.
- Phosphorus: The main function of phosphorus is in the formation of bones and teeth. It plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats. It keeps the body healthy.
- Vitamin B1: Changes food into energy.
Why is this good for me?
Many reasons! We‘ll give you 5: 1. It’s 100% natural! That means: no concentrate, no additives and no added sugar. Just pulp and water. 2. It’s refreshing and nutritious. Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese and Vitamin B1 to name a few, will give you the slow boost of positive energy we keep talking about. 3. We are forgetting an important one: Theobromine! Similar to coffee, but much friendlier and softer. A heart opener. It also helps wakefulness, lowers blood pressure and is a mood-uplifter. It makes you happy! 4. It’s naturally gluten-free, suitable for vegetarians and vegans. 5. It’s made from cacao pulp, now an unused product in the cacao supply chain. By using the pulp, we pay farmers an extra stream of income from the same fruit.
What about the cacao farmers?
The cacao is a fruit that grows on a tree in tropical countries around the Equator. Most farmers produce it only for exporting the beans, which is only 20% of the fruit. The pulp around the beans (30% of the whole fruit!) is not being used because the industry only wants the beans to make chocolate. And so, the delicious pulp drips into the soil… what a waste! You probably have all heard about the issues within the supply chain of the cacao industry, haven’t you? It almost always has to do with farmers’ unfair treatment. Most cacao farmers are poor as their income depends on their harvest: prices are low and vary from day to day. For small farm holders, production costs are higher than the income they receive from harvesting the beans. In this way, they are stuck in a cycle of poverty. Pacha is very proud to be able to support farmers with an extra income for the cacao pulp they collect.We are small now, but we hope to grow bigger and bigger so that we can work with more small farm holders, from different countries, and help them grow their income.
How does it taste?
Just imagine… pineapple, peach, lychee, pear, lime and honey – all in one juice. Do we need to say more? It’s a burst of fresh, fruity flavours. A beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity with a tangy twist. It’s a taste of the Amazon!
How is it made?
When farmers open the cacao fruits, the beans and pulp are removed. From there the pulp is then brought to a juice factory where it is squeezed without damaging the beans inside. The beans go into one direction, the pulp to another. The juice is pasteurized before it is shipped to the Netherlands for bottling. Et voila! Ah. We make it sound so simple.
Did you know?
The funny thing is that farmers have always known that the pulp is not only delicious, but also very nutritious. Research shows that already 5.300 years ago, indigenous tribes in Zamora Chinchipe (South Ecuador) were guzzling up the pulp, making sweet beverages. Pacha de Cacao celebrates this ancient farmer tradition, using the fresh pulp of the cacao fruit as a slow boost of positive energy. Rather than letting it go to waste, Pacha turns the pulp into an extra source of income for cacao farmers and lets you discover this refreshing, new fruit juice.
What does the name mean?
Pacha comes from the Quechua word for ‘soil’ and ‘earth' and de cacao is Spanish for ‘of cacao'. Together they stand for ‘world of cacao’. We wanted to create a strong link to Pachamama, the female goddess, Mother Earth, who is an important concept in most of the Latin American cultures. We believe that we need to give back to Earth, and we do so by using the cacao pulp and preventing from it being wasted.
What is Pacha de Cacao?
A 100% natural and nutritious cacao juice made from the fresh pulp of the cacao fruit. The pulp is a white substance covering the cacao beans. It gets lost during normal cacao production, because the industry is not interested.