Origins of Cacao – Journey to the Amazon
with Dan Koch
In August 2019, Dan Koch, travelled to South America in search of the origins of Cacao. It was his mission to go straight to source and discover exactly where Cacao comes from, how it is processed and the impact it has on the local people and environment. After spending weeks travelling through the high and lowlands of Peru, his journey led him into the centre of the Amazon basin and to the birthplace of Cacao. After a 15 hour bus ride and a 6 hour canoe ride, Dan reached the heart of the Amazon jungle where he met with the oldest Indigenous tribes in South America, the Ashaninka. Here, he learnt about the importance of Cacao, the essence of its spirit and the Ashaninka way of life.
“Kametsa Asaika” which means “The Good Life” are eight principles the Ashaninka live by. They relate to culture, food, land security, harmony with nature, peace, sustainability, health, education and living as Ashaninkasanori. Sacred, it’s our philosophy to leave the place better than we found it, and leave people better than we found them. We are proud to be supporting the Ashaninka in achieving this mission.
From seed to serve and belly to bin, we’ve ensured that our cacao improves the lives everything it touches. This is why we work with the Ashaninka tribes to cultivate only the finest, heirloom criollo cacao beans that are wild-crafted, ethically sourced and sustainably made using regenerative agro forestry systems and manufacturing techniques. Hand packed in Australia using 100% recycled paper, printed with plant based inks using solar power and delivered to your door via a carbon neutral courier company, our packs of are 100% home compostable, meaning it will decompose in 90 days and will protect one acre of Indigenous lands in the Amazon Rainforest from where our Cacao comes from through our partners at Rainforest Trust.
At Sacred, it’s our mission to preserve the land and culture from where our Cacao comes from, whilst helping people reconnect to the planet and their purpose through remembering what is Sacred. With our efforts, we aim to purchase and protect over 1,000,000 acres of Indigenous lands in the Amazon Rainforest and seek to bridge the gap between the ancient and modern, the technological and natural and the spiritual and physical. We hope you enjoy the benefits of a each cup of Sacred, and sip mindfully knowing that every drink served contributes to the health and wellbeing of the planet.
“Whenever there is an imbalance between humans and nature, cacao makes its way out of the jungle to open our hearts and return the planet to a state of harmony” – Ancient Mayan Legend.
About Dan Koch
Pro DJ turned entrepreneur, Dan spent his early years playing at some of the biggest events and festivals in Australia. Performing alongside the likes of Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate and Paul Oakenfold just to name a few, Dan was able to out live his childhood dream. Finding the scene toxic with drugs and alcohol, Dan left the industry at the height of his career to pursue a more holistic lifestyle. After doing three years sobriety using Cacao as only substitute, Dan learnt a new way to party and celebrate life.
Now, five years on, he has founded one the fastest growing Cacao companies in Australia and is turning the party industry on its head, throwing drug and alcohol free Cacao parties that are good for the planet and the people, where every drink sold protects an acre of Indigenous lands in the Amazon Rainforest from where Cacao comes from. Making Sacred Taste one of the most sustainable Cacao brands on the market and the Sacred Cacao Bar the ultimate party with a purpose