Chimelb, Cacao Verapaz, Guatemala - 2016 Harvest
Warehoused New Jersey
Finca Chimelb is a truly magnificent, private farm located in Lanquin, Alta Verapaz. It's the largest cacao farm in Alta Verapaz and they cultivate coffee, rubber, eucalyptus, and pine, as well as cacao. They have roughly 70 hectares of cocoa (~170 acres), in different stages of production, and plan to reach 150 hectares of cacao in the next 2 years. They also have a clonal garden and are highly technical in how they plant. The wide varieties of genetics on the farm include the rare and mysterious Seleccion Guatemalteca (SGU) clones, local trees originally identified through a large national university selection project in the 1970s. In this stunning picture everything that you see is the Chimelb farm, including the centuries-old white church in the background which affords amazing views of the mountains above and cacao below!
We find the flavor to be similar to the Lachuá micro lot -- brown fruit, with some light red fruit notes and a nutty finish.