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Both Hus and Carly love coffee and drink it daily.  But in February, 2013 something life-changing happened:  Carly got pregnant! Awesome! But that meant rethinking her caffeine consumption. A beautiful Mayan Seed and ancient superfood: a delicious alternative.

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All of our Capomo (Mayan Seed) is certified by a third party to be wild harvested by women-coops, and fairly traded. All of our product comes from forests that are being protected and scientifically monitored by for reforestation and sustainable harvesting by the Maya Nut Institute

  Fire roasted Capomo in the mountains of Jalisco

Fire roasted Capomo in the mountains of Jalisco

Excessive coffee drinking and maternity don’t mix.  Many women give up coffee entirely during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.  And while some pregnant women switch to decaffeinated coffee, Carly was concerned about the safety of the chemicals and environmental impact of water intensive practices used to decaffeinate coffee beans.

What is Capomo?

While living in Mexico, we discovered Capomo, a delicious nutrient-rich food that has been used in many Latin American communities since Mayan times. Capomo, also called the Maya Nut, is not really a nut.  It is a seed, the Mayan Seed! In fact the Capomo has been tested and proven by the FDA to contain no toxic alkaloids or allergens. Best off all it is 100% gluten and caffeine free.  Capomo is traditionally used by pregnant and nursing mothers to help promote a healthy pregnancy and maintain and increase breast milk supply. 

Or can make guilty pleasures feel a little less guilty with our MayaNut Superfood Powder (cooking Capomo powder)

  • in milkshakes or added to hot milk
  • sprinkled on ice cream
  • in recipes that call for cacao
  • in pancakes, cookies, or other desserts

Coming from drought resistant trees that can grow up to 130-feet tall in many Latin American forests, the Capomo nut is packed with nutrients.  Our Capomo  is high in potassium, contains folic acid and is loaded with antioxidants and amino acids.  It's high in fiber, contains calcium, iron, zinc, protein and other micronutrients.  And the best part is that when roasted it can be brewed to make a delicious naturally caffeine-free drink.  The key words here are “naturally caffeine-free.” That means no chemicals or water intensive processes to remove the caffeine.

 From left to right: dried fruit on the seed becoming our Roasted Capomo

From left to right: dried fruit on the seed becoming our Roasted Capomo

Carly has enjoyed Capomo every day throughout her pregnancy and since Capomo is a galactagogue it has aided her milk supply. Carly enjoyed this paleo superfood in smoothies, sprinkled on ice cream, and – her favorite – as a coffee-like beverage from our French press.  Our Roasted Capomo also makes one heck of a refreshing beverage when poured over ice. The Mother Maya Blend is lifting and calming as the peppermint soothes your stomach and cleanses your pallet while the Capomo enhances your mood and gives you the nourishment you need as an expecting or breastfeeding mom. You will notice a change, guaranteed!

 The above nutrition facts are derived from studies by the Maya Nut Institute in conjunction with Silliker Food Safety & Quality Solutions.

The above nutrition facts are derived from studies by the Maya Nut Institute in conjunction with Silliker Food Safety & Quality Solutions.

Our Roasted Capomo has health appeal for everyone.  Hus, for example, loves his coffee black but he sometimes can’t sleep after a late afternoon cup of joe.  Roasted Capomo is the perfect after-dinner beverage and because it contains amino acids and tryptophan, it is mood enhancing and calming. 

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So in addition to selling high-quality coffee, we work directly with women who own and operate Capomo cooperatives in Mexico.  $1 for every Capomo purchase will go directly to fund workshops to empower these women to protect biodiversity through reforestation and sustainable harvesting.  Capomo trees are drought resistant and new research is proving its ability to sequester  carbon, a major benefit in our ever changing climate.

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Since our Roasted Capomo is 100% wild harvest from the forest and comes from small women-owned cooperatives, our product is limited. The only way we can ensure the protection of biodiversity in these native forests is to have ethical practices when it comes to Capomo. Sustainability and superior quality are our priorities and guarantee to you. 

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  This natural beauty and culture is ours/We maintain this space in harmony   Color de La Tierra  - Women-owned indigenous cooperative, Cuzalapa , MX (taken by Hus on our visit there)

This natural beauty and culture is ours/We maintain this space in harmony  Color de La Tierra  - Women-owned indigenous cooperative, Cuzalapa , MX (taken by Hus on our visit there)

Many indigenous communities throughout Central America find themselves under pressure to cut down trees to make way for modern cash crops. Corn and sugar cane, which hold low nutritional value and deplete land quality, are popping up everywhere. This puts a lot of stress on the biodiversity of the forest, depriving animals of their natural food and habitat. The Capomo fruit is food for many birds and animals. The seeds are dropped after their fleshy, fruit exteriors have been consumed. The Capomo seed can then be hand-picked from the forest floor.

If we make Capomo economically important, we can save these forests.  The Maya Nut Institute has been working relentlessly over the past decade to support Capomo harvesting communities in Latin America. Between Friends Roasting Company is extending this effort into Mexico.  

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