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Mama Amor Origin
This cacao was harvested from the Suchitepéquez Mountains of the Guatemalan Pacific front: the largest area of cacao forests in Central America during Pre-Columbian times. For millennia, the art of agriculture and hybridization was mastered in these mountains.
Mama Amor is managed by a woman’s collective called Nuevo Amanecer. The collective was formed in 2013 by Odilia, with the help of an association in Panajachel, to support women of her community with professional activity. At first Nuevo Amanecer was focused on weaving, but slowly re-oriented their activity towards Cacao culture and transformation.
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The 12 women of this collective are reestablishing an old regional tradition of cultivating cacao in a beautiful way that provides their community with abundance and stability. The recent success of their delicious production allows them to develop their artisan workshop and propose an authentic quality of single-origin cacao.
- Genetics : Diverse criollo hybrids mainly local with some introduced.
Flavor profile :
Fruity and acidic, semi bitter, extra nutty, notes of cherry and anise.
Fermentation : Fermented for 5 days in baskets covered with banana leaves & 40% of the prod fermented in wooden box for 5 days without mooving.
- Type of environnement : Flat land, village, fruit forest gardens
Land Size : About 200 000 m2 in 6 parcels.
Cacao Trees: About 4500
- Specificities: Abundance of rivers deep soil with old trees, ancient plantation.
- Ownership : Parcelas owned by 6 families. Managed by a womens collective.
Their village, close by the town of San Antoinio, gathers a myriad of small lands where mainly sugar cane and corn are cultivated in monoculture. In some parts of the area, the use traditional forest gardens persisted and involves beautiful local hybrid varieties.
*The Suchitepequez region, tuked on the foothills of the sierra maya, south of the Atitlan lake and in front on the pacific, offers optimal weather conditions for Cacao. The area offers perfect flat and rich soils, the abundance of rivers, sun and rain.
Odilia, mother of two daughters manages the collective.
The Nuevo Amanecer collective counts 12 women. Some are single mothers, young mothers and widows. In their small workshop, that is also the new kitchen of Odilia’s house, they do all the aspects of the Artisan Cacao.
They work locally with 6 “parcelas”- small pieces of land of about 3000 m2 each. Some of these parcelas are owned by the families of the collective’s members, others are neighbor's. About 20 persons work in the Cacao maintenance and harvest, half of them are paid workers (100Q/day)
Through generations of alchemy, this cacao’s flavor has been crafted to be fruity, acidic, rich in fats, and offer caramel bittersweet aromas typical to fermented ceremonial grade cacao. Mama amor tastes extra fruity and acidic, probably thanks to the unique fermentation technique (5 days in a basket with banana leaves without moving) that the collective still uses as a local tradition.
Thank you Mama Amor Farm!
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Give Back to farmer is an opportunity to value and recognize the hard work of farming communities. This donation will go into a community project co-created with Mama Amor Origin women to support a social or environmental cause in the community. At the end of each year, we will be meeting the farmers with the total donation to decide the project that will be funded.