Asochivite, Guatemala - 2017 Harvest
San Juan Chivite is a community of 100+ families only accessible by spindly swinging bridge. The community is nestled inside of what was once an enormous cacao plantation, owned by a single German family and abandoned during the Guatemalan Civil War. The land was latered parceled out to the workers’ family. This community is the newest supplier and microlot to Cacao Verapaz – in the past, the community hauled low-quality cacao on their backs, over the swinging bridge, up to the highway to sell to intermediaries for low and volatiles prices. Today, the community has come together as an association of 40 families and is processing the cacao at a fermentation and drying center that was developed in collaboration with Cacao Verapaz. Volume of cacao and farmer participation is both growing, as is market demand for this special bean.
Organic Certified - Warehoused New Jersey - Grainpro, hand sorted