Alto Beni Cacao, Bolivia - 2017 Harvest
This cacao grows in the Alto Beni region of Bolivia and is collected, fermented and dried by the Alto Beni Cacao Company. All the beans come from small-scale farmers who are paid premium prices for their production and use cacao as a main source of income in the rural area. In previous years, the beans have varied in quality due to farm level fermentation and drying. This year, the founders launched a centralized fermentation and drying facility and with support from Uncommon Cacao, made critical adjustments to the collection, fermentation and drying process which we've found have introduced consistency and improved quality to the bean.
Organic certified - Grain Pro, hand sorted - Warehouse: New Jersey - Fermentation: 81% deeply fermented, 13% fermented, 6% under fermented - Fat Content: 55% - Beans per 100 grams: 78 - Moisture Content: 5.3% - Harvest Period: Peak Harvest April - September - Clonal Types: Dominant Amazonian forastero with pockets of Ecuador forastero and CATIE selected hybrids, and some CCN-51 - Awards: Good Food Awards 2013, Raaka Bourbon Cask Aged Bolivia; International Chocolate Awards 2016 Silver and Bronze, Dick Taylor and Minimal