Plantation Owner Gives a Warm Introduction to His Farm
After a year of planning, we are in the final stages of putting together our first shipment of certified, Arriba cacao from Ecuador. This is estate-grown cacao, located in the Province of Santo Domingo with organoleptic characteristics having a strong taste of almonds and walnuts, presenting notes of fresh fruits, also presents floral aroma and cocoa with good body.
We Have Selected this Estate-Grown Arriba Cacao from Santo Domingo, Ecuador as Our First Export for the Following Characteristics
- Organoleptic characteristics with a strong taste of almonds and walnuts present notes of fresh fruits also present a floral aroma and cocoa with good body,
- 28 harvests throughout the year,
- Certified Arriba, fine-flavored cacao, and
- Traditional/Soon-to-be certified organic
Cacao & Farm Data
Location: Valle Hermoso, Santo Domingo Province, Ecuador
Origin: Estate Grown
Provenance: 100% Santo Domingo (Arriba Criollo)—an heirloom species Varietal purity: ≥ 90% "Arriba" Cocoa
Certifications: See below
Organoleptic characteristics: Strong taste of almonds and walnuts, presents notes of fresh fruits, also presents floral aroma and cocoa with good body Acreage: About 45 Acres
Annual production: 40 metric tonnes
Harvests: 28 harvests per year, peaking in March, April, May, October, November & December
Availability: Generally available throughout the year
Gate price for 100 pounds: $145.45
Gate price at other nearby farms: $76
Fermentation: ≥ 75%
Humidity: ≤ 7%
Social/Environment component: In aggregate the following measures range from a score of 84%—100% with a total average score of 93.80%. All individual scores are above the general average: Socio-environmental management system, ecosystem conservation, wildlife protection, water resource conservation, fair treatment of workers, occupational health and safety, community relations, integrated crop management, soil management and conservation, integrated waste management.
Currently, the farm offers gardening space to its workers as well as a soccer/sports field. We anticipate with local agencies to identify social issues where we could make a meaningful difference, contributing to the well being of the workers and/or the local community as it relates to our impact pricing & dividends policy from the sale of their cacao—something as simple as covering the cost for a dentist visit for the workers and their families, for example.
The cacao is certified Ecuadorian Arriba. The farm produces their own line of chocolate which is certified Denominación de Origen Protegida (DOP)/Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). Given this certification, by natural extension, any chocolate made in the USA could apply for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).
This cacao is scheduled to receive organic certification in June or July of 2018.
SHIPMENT DETAILSOur initial shipment of this estate cacao will be 1/2 pallet, about 1000 pounds and is expected to be in our Missouri warehouse in March 2018. The shipment will be shared with an additional 1000 pounds organic cacao which we are in the processed of documenting and the organic cacao will be the same proportions.
- 10% of shipment: cacao butter from the same estate—packages of 5 lbs each (approx. 2.5 Kilos)
- 45% of shipment: cacao beans, sun-dried, raw—packages of 5 lbs each (approx. 2.5 Kilos)
- 45% of shipment: cacao nibs, sun-dried and roasted—packages of 5 lbs each (approx. 2.5 Kilos)