Monte Grande, Cacao Verapaz, Guatemala - 2017 Harvest
Region: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Organic production, uncertified
Grainpro, hand sorted
Warehouse: New Jersey
Fat content: 56%
Beans per 100 grams: 99
Fermentation rate: 60% deeply fermented, 34% fermented, 6% underfermented
Harvest period: Peak harvest Jan-May, small harvest Aug-Oct
Clonal type: under review
Awards: none yet!
Monte Grande is a family-owned farm, in Coatepeque, Guatemala which is part of Quetzaltenango Department, locally known as “Xela,” near the border of Chiapas, Mexico. Monte Grande was established in 1848 as a cattle, rubber, and palm oil farm. It was purchased in 1867 by the Conde family with six gold coins and has stayed in the family since. In 1984 the Condes introduced cacao with hybrid cacao clones, imported from Costa Rica. When cacao prices dropped in the 1970s, the farm was left abandoned. In recent years, as the chocolate market has grown internationally, the family has regenerated the cacao farming practices of decades past. They’ve selected the most productive trees from the farm and reproduced them to rehabilitate the plantation. Today, the cacao farm is 19 hectares and is currently expanding with 10 hectares of new seedlings. Cacao Verapaz -- Uncommon Cacao in Guatemala -- closely advises Monte Grande on their post-harvest processing techniques to ensure best practices in fermentation, drying and storage to ensure quality and consistency in the flavor of the bean. Uncommon Cacao’s analysis of this bean shows notes of raspberry and citrus.