MS 6: Cacao Hunters

Cacao Hunters guyLaunching August 25, 2017. Please join us in tasting the Arhuacos 72% bar.

Cacao Hunters was founded in 2013 by Carlos Ignacio Velasco and Mayumi Ogata and is based in Popayán, Colombia. The company is dedicated to finding, preserving and promoting heirloom varieties of cacao in indigenous and post-conflict regions of Colombia. Currently, it supports more than 1,500 cacao families growing cacao throughout the country. In this episode, Carlos tells us about his start in the coffee industry, finding “hidden treasures” in cacao varieties that have been hidden for years in the Colombian jungles, helping local farmers grow and sell better cacao, and the Japanese elements of his packaging design, inspired by his business partner Mayumi.

For more information on Cacao Hunters, head to their website (, and use code “slowmelt” for a 15% discount on all products from now until October 15, 2017.

Beginning June 6, you can also purchase a bar bundle featuring all nine bars for the entire Makers Series at Chocolopolis (use code SLOWMELT for a 15% discount).

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