From the land of Guatemala to your heart

What if you could do good and make a difference in the world?

Buying directly traded cacao, means giving something back. Your purchase has a direct impact on farmers, their families and their environment. Top quality and real value for the farming families are the priority.

Direct Trade means that there is a direct deal between the farmer and the cocoa processor without a middle man. This not only ensures a more equal distribution of cocoa and a traceable supply chain, but it also makes pricing and the source of the cocoa fully transparent to consumers. And most importantly: it makes a significant difference in the lives of the people who work hard to bring the cocoa to you.

In contrast to coffee, there is no standard process to set a price. Here, the farming families and Dokeshi agree on the value of the harvest based on a tasting process. This close cooperation between producers and refiners has shown to have a very positive effect on every aspect of the business.

Did you know that there is a price to pay, before you receive a Fair Trade Certification?

That’s the beautiful thing about Direct Trade: there are no costs, but it brings people together, supports families and creates new possibilities.

Keeping direct relationships with the farming families and community is not only a pleasure, but necessary. Direct Trade ensures these long-term relationships.

This is why we are proud to say that Con Amor Cacao is beyond fair trade.


School and dental care project 

Dental care is not customary in Guatemala, due to the lack of money for toothbrushes and toothpaste, but also the lack of knowledge. Unfortunately this is why tooth decay – even with young children – is very common in Guatemala. -This had to change. 

With the right approach, training and facilitating materials such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, the project came together: a school was created in the living room of a respected local Mayan healer. It started with teaching how and why to brush your teeth, but evolved in something greater. Now the children have learned how to eat healthy, grow vegetables in the school garden, how to read and write and even do arithmetics. 

Because a lot of old knowledge has been lost through generations, the children are brought closer to their own Mayan culture, who will hopefully pass it on to the next generation. 

This one school has now grown into three living room schools, all funded by Dokeshi Kakaw SA and donations.