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. 

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The Uncommon Cacao Team


Emily Stone

Uncommon Cacao


Jonah Barta
Sales Coordinator

Uncommon Cacao
Source + Trade

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Roy Fraatz
Technical and Quality Manager

Cacao Verapaz

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Roxanna Chen
Managing Director

Maya Mountain Cacao


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Anjuli Dharna
Sales Director

Uncommon Cacao
Source + Trade


The Cacao Verapaz Team

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Teddy Ruiz
General Manager

Cacao Verapaz

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Victor Chen
Warehouse Manager

Cacao Verapaz


The Maya Mountain Cacao Team

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Anna Chun
Administrative Associate

Maya Mountain Cacao

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Manuel Cucul
Field Officer

Maya Mountain Cacao

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Stasi Baranoff
Director of Global Operations & Sourcing

Uncommon Cacao
Source + Trade


David Guendelman

Uncommon Cacao


Silvia Caal
Administrative Assistant

Cacao Verapaz

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Daniel Coc
Field Officer

Maya Mountain Cacao

Our Board


Alex Whitmore
Taza Chocolate, Co-Founder


Scott Walker

KSW Global



Emily Stone
CEO and Co-Founder


Carlyle Singer 

Acumen Fund


Morgan Simon
Pi Investments


Kate Tierney

Creative Confluence



Dan O'Doherty
Cacao Services Inc.


Rich Falotico
Atlantic Cocoa