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Yanomami-Ye'kwana Chocolate  

69% Cocoa

Geographic coordinates of the cocoa harvesting location: 03° 33′ 22.9′′ N | 063° 10′ 20.1′′ W

Yanomami-Ye'kwana - Roraima - Amazon - Brazil

As the name implies, the cocoa from this bar is harvested in the Yanomami Indigenous Land, more precisely along the banks of the Uraricoera and Toototobi rivers, in the states of Roraima and Amazonas, on the border with Venezuela. This as yet unidentified variety of cocoa is pre-processed by the Yanomami and Ye'kwana indigenous peoples. This is an extremely tasty chocolate. It presents a delicate and prolonged almond candy, reminiscent of raw banana and chocolate flavor. Yanomami-Ye'kwana Chocolate is balanced and has a texture that allows slow distribution in the mouth.

Pre-processed in Yanomami and Ye'kwana indigenous communities, the cocoa beans in this chocolate bar represent more than the richness of biodiversity and the history of our country's lands. They show, above all, the importance of this cultivation as a counterpoint to the devastation of illegal gold mining, which is destroying the forest, contaminating the rivers and consequently the surrounding families.  

“Cocoa is the fruit of our forest and a cry of resistance against the invasions that Indigenous Lands suffer daily in Brazil”, says Dário Yanomami, vice president of the Hutukara Associação Yanomami.

The joint work between César De Mendes and the Yanomami and Ye'kwana people was carried out with the partnership of the ATÁ Institute and the support of the  Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) , which was looking for someone who understood the particularities of the cocoa variety found in the Yanomami Indigenous Land. For this, César was invited to hold a workshop in the Waikás community, produced by the Wanasseduume Ye'kwana Association, in which Yanomami and Ye'kwana participants helped produce their first chocolate bar.


This work in partnership with the Yanomami and Ye'kwana influenced not only the taste of chocolate, but also César's worldview. “They have a very different way of looking at life, which ends up being translated into the flavor of the chocolate itself. The Yanomami and Ye'kwana are very respectful, sensitive, humble and humanitarian. They do everything as a group”, said César, remembering his first contact with the indigenous people in an affectionate and affectionate way.  


And this is just one of the many lessons that César learned in the interaction and coexistence with these peoples. “We all have to learn from this posture, attitude and example of cooperation, solidarity and looking at the other. They work with a sense of empathy,” he said.


Unfortunately, communities are increasingly suffering from the impacts of the invasion of illegal gold mining. Faced with this enormous challenge, the Yanomami-Ye'kwana Chocolate is an initiative to fight for the conservation of forests in the Yanomami Indigenous Land, covering 9.6 million hectares, focusing on the Uraricoera region heavily affected by the mining invasion and its devastation.


Yanomami-Ye'kwana Chocolate values the ancestral knowledge of these two peoples and generates income for about 10  communities living on the banks of the Uraricoera and Toototobi rivers, directly threatened by illegal gold mining.  


This bar is extremely tasty, presents a delicate and prolonged almond candy, reminiscent of fresh bananas and chocolate flavor. Yanomami-Ye'kwana Chocolate is balanced and has a texture that allows slow distribution in the mouth. “Certainly one of the greatest sensorial experiences of my life”, César comments when telling about all the preparation for the launch of the bar. 

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Credits: Coi Belluzzo /  ISA

“This work with the Yanomami and Ye'kwana Indians is a bit of my life's story, because it affects us a lot, with our way of thinking, with our worldview, with our values. It is a very intense, meaningful and remarkable story and experience for me” – César De Mendes


This chocolate contributes to the conservation of the forests of the Yanomami Indigenous Land, with 9.6 million hectares. From harvesting to production, we seek to be responsible, supportive and socioeconomically fair.  



- Brown Sugar: supplied by COPAVI – Cooperativa de Produção Agropecuária Vitória, located in Paranacity, in the northwest of the state of Paraná. Founded in 1993, from the Santa Maria settlement, with just 236 hectares and 61 inhabitants, COPAVI is the longest-running experience in collective and solidary production in Paraná.

- Cocoa butter:  from a 50-year-old agroforestry system, in an area  of 400 hectares, where the forest was regenerated in Tomé-Açú, in Pará.  variety of Maranhão and the butter is produced by cold pressing by Fazenda Sakaguchi.

*  eventual changes in the supplier may happen due to the availability of the product.

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