Serankwa made history in 2018 as the only establishment run and owned by Indigenous Arhuaco woman, leader Cecilia Villafane, in Palomino. Cecilia works with local Indigenous communities to offer organically grown products including cacao, cafe and panela (sugar cane blocks).
Serankwa purchases directly from small families growing organically in the Kogui, Wiwa and Arhuaco communities located in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Cecilia oversees all processing, producing small batches that offer unmatched freshness and taste. Cecilia is also training other women from her community in roasting and business management practices.
Small scale Indigenous cacao farmers use mules to bring beans from mountains towering over the Serankwa store. Cecilia finishes drying the beans, roasts the batch over a wood fire and grinds the beans without any additives to create the paste for 100% pure cacao bars.
Coffee is another crop that has been grown by Indigenous communities. Once harvested, the beans are dried in the sun and hand sorted before roasting. Serankwa coffee is toasted over a wood fire. Roasted beans are hand sorted one more time, for quality control.