Our Vision & Ingredients
Our ingredients for our entire chocolate repertoire is as follows:
cacao – wild, jungle-harvested, certified organic, from northwest Ecuador. the trees we source from are only known by the natives of the area who know the trees and the lands well. The people we work with are not just foragers but caretakers of the lands they harvest from. Only mature cacao pods from healthy trees are harvested, and what is taken is all that is needed. It is known that even taking too much can be detrimental to the health of these heirloom trees as the trees also depend on the decomposing fruit on the ground to understand themselves. the people who process our cacao are known to sing blessings into the beans as well. The utmost awareness and respect is what we proliferate when even considering this cacao source. not to mention the flavor! without our source of cacao the rest of this list would be of no relevance to us.
coconut – coconut is an amazingly abundant resource of nature. as a vigorous grass it can grow being fed ocean water naturally and needs no tending to. Along with the natural ease in which mother nature gives us this fruit, there are so many healthy benefits to coconut. As a functional ingredient this is what we would say we use in place of where a normal chocolatier may use dairy products. currently we use the best sources available to us which are mexico and philippines.
banana – heirloom red orito bananas are the kind we use. sourced by the same people we work with to harvest our cacao. native of ecuador, this fruit has a spectrum of great tropical flavor much more interesting and tempered compared to the cavendish bananas we are used to in the grocery store.
maca – a cruciferous root vegetable grown in the andes mountains of Peru, It is used as a strength, stamina, and libido enhancer. Another ingredient we source where the quality we use is superior and The butterscotch flavor shows in spades.
lucuma – an egg shaped fruit grown in Peru, The fruit is low in sugars and high in butterscotch flavors, nutrients, and fiber, making it a great addition when going for that graham cracker flavor. Again here, we use a lucuma that is of superior quality and the flavor is a testament to the organic treatment this receives.
mesquite – the mesquite pod, the fruit of the mesquite tree is a nutrient dense, woodsy fruit that provides a great accent to that graham crackery flavor when mixed with maca and lucuma. Our source is peruvian and organic.
coffee – we collaborate with our local coffee roasters, Lord Windsor Roasters, to acquire our coffee, which we stone grind into our blends. The coffee is always different and always the highest quality selection, light roast.
honey – our honey selection has always been changing for the last few years. we are always looking for great local organic sources and pick up gallons here and there to keep our supplies looking and tasting good.
ginger – great digestive herb. we love the flavor, the mild heat, and the tonifying effects. always organic and fair trade.
cinnamon – another great digestive spice with beautifully sweet and complex flavor. ceylon cinnamon only. always organic and always fair trade.
cardamom – just the seeds inside the pods. fortifying to our bodies and the most amazing aromatic and pungent flavor profile.
black pepper – a fortifying and digestive spice. builds bone health and keeps the blood percolating.
clove – we have to be careful with this one. a little too much will make your tongue go numb. just the right amount and you’re in flavor country. another medicinal spice with great flavor.
reishi – the queen of the tonic herbs. this shen (spirit) cleanser will set you on your path to greatness whether you care to be or not. if you keep taking it, you will fruit just like the mushroom itself. bitter and astringent flavors lead to tonifying effects.
chaga – the king of the tonic herbs, this has a massive antioxidant content and the power to fight cancerous cells. we use both whole and extract, always organic.
lions mane – another great wood mushroom capable of battling serious ailments. the extract we use has worlds of flavor and amazing medicinal effects.
cordyceps – a mushroom that grows on dead insects, this tonic herb is a massive mover of chi. if you want stamina and clarity, get ready for a ride. the extract we use also sort of taste like peanut butter.
san diego salt – have you heard of solar rain? can you believe these guys are harvesting water and salt right off the southern california coast?! if that isn’t reason enough to support them then the intense ocean flavor it imparts on anything is.
Anandamide is here to be a hub of revitalizing energy. Everything on the surface and everything behind the scenes reflect each other. What we practice at Anandamide with you and with each other is love, fidelity, honesty, intention, feeling, energy, creativity, value, tolerance, support, and clarity.
The vision that we have for Anandamide translates into the ingredients that we source, prepare, and give to you, and it is expressed in the moment of interaction that we have to share while exchanging. The synergy of these elements is the magic of this time and place.
All of our ingredients are sourced with the same reliable people constantly from the exact same places on this planet season after season. We work with our same sources in order to create deep connections and trusting relationships where we don’t have to shift our standards of quality based on price. We pay the same amount all of the time to the same people so that we are supporting who we want to support and in the same ecological system we want to be a part of. We work closely with Kyosaku Consulting to source the ingredients of only the highest integrity where sources, growing, and processing methods are always transparent. You will find similar standards in our market of ingredients with names such as David Wolfe stamped on them, indicating the kind of scrutiny that is put on the quality of ingredients we use here.
The food that we have to offer here is based on our standards of cleanliness and sustainability in the worldwide sense and as food for our bodies. Dessert, chocolate, sweets, and soft drinks can be a pretty touchy subject while eating a healthy and balanced diet. Here we are committed to demystifying this touchy subject by diving into it full force ourselves. We source our own favorite ingredients to make the food we love and want to offer you. It just so happens that all of our food here fits under certain key words that we refer to often on our packaging and in the shop:
- Raw – This means that we do not process any of the foods we prepare above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Important nutrients and enzymes begin to break down around 120 degrees Fahrenheit and in support of their existence we choose not to take it that high. As well, the ingredients we source have not been high-heat process, chemically, or physically refined or filtered. Maple Syrup and Coconut Nectar are the couple often-used ingredients that we make an exception for, because of the comparatively low-heat processes used in their production and the high mineral content in the end product.
- Vegan – Dairy Free. Egg free. All of the food we use here is plant based and does not come from an animal’s body. Our one exception is bee products (honey and bee pollen) with total disclosure of methodology in production, and where you find bee products in our shop they are clearly marked for those sensitive to them.
- Organic – Non-GMO. Certified Organic is our standard for all ingredients entering our facility. We feel great about food that is grown organic or totally transparent about growing methods that we agree with, so we take the extra steps to learn about each ingredient we bring into our repertoire.
Environment is a major focus for us in creation. All of these key food philosophies help us maintain an environment for food creation and human interaction that sparkles cleanliness and clarity, even on our messiest days. We don’t have to worry about greasy surfaces and dangerous bacteria from raw animal products. Gluten and soy contamination are non-existent. We rarely need to wash produce that enters our kitchen.
To top this all off, we have energized water sources for any water that enters our products or our bodies. Rest-assured, we are taking the most extensive measures to make Anandamide the best place to create, exchange, and consume.
Our vision for Anandamide is manifested through the people involved in its creation. We recognize the wonderful talent that exists around us and we enjoy working with artists who contribute in a meaningful way to Anandamide. Artists we recognize and support make music, dishware, fixtures, displays, packaging, web design, colors, food, recipes, relationships, and so much more. We even view growing, sourcing, and distribution as important art forms. Please take the time to recognize contributions made by these various people:
Justin Hansohn (sid&molly) – sid&molly
Warren Hellerud – Substantial Chocolate
Arturo Enciso – Emmy Lou