Uncommon Beginnings

Uncommon Cacao started its work in 2010, building Maya Mountain Cacao in Belize to create meaningful market access for smallholder cacao farmers. After catalyzing unparalleled impact for farmer families in the country, and receiving enormous demand for our product and process, in 2013 Uncommon Cacao founded Cacao Verapaz in Guatemala. These companies have revolutionized local economies by linking small holder farmers to the specialty cacao industry, through a focus on consistently delivering quality beans.

Today, with growing demand for our cacao, Uncommon Cacao is growing further into the supply chain to drive maximum value to producer groups at origin. Uncommon Cacao Source + Trade enables us to collaborate with more producer groups on delivering the highest quality cacaos, and provide added-value sourcing services to craft chocolate makers and chocolatiers globally. Together, we can build a more fair and sustainable specialty cacao supply chain. 


Our Team

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Emily Stone
Co-Founder/CEO

Uncommon Cacao
Group

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Stasi Baranoff
Director of Global Operations & Sourcing

Uncommon Cacao
Source + Trade

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Roy Fraatz
Technical and Quality Manager

Cacao Verapaz

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Maya Granit
Co-Founder/Managing Director

Uncommon Cacao
Source + Trade

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Minni Forman
Managing Director

Maya Mountain Cacao

 

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Teddy Ruiz
General Manager

Cacao Verapaz

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David Guendelman
CFO

Uncommon Cacao
Group

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Ermain Requena
Operations Manager

Maya Mountain Cacao

 

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Silvia Caal
Administrative Assistant

Cacao Verapaz


Our Board

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Alex Whitmore
Taza Chocolate, Co-Founder

 

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Jeff Pzena
Co-Founder

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Emily Stone
CEO and Co-Founder

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Carlyle Singer 

Acumen Fund

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Morgan Simon
Pi Investments


Advisors

 
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Dan O'Doherty
Cacao Services Inc.

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Rich Falotico
Atlantic Cocoa

 

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Working at Uncommon Cacao

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We are not currently hiring. However, we are always excited to connect with adventurous risk takers with a relentless desire to contribute to a better, more equitable world. We ground ourselves in open critical thinking, responsible business practices, and accountability to our farmers, customers and partners. Please monitor this page in the future if you're interested in working with us.