Limited: Sierra Nevada, Colombia - 2017 Harvest
The Sierra Nevada is a majestic mountain range in the northern part of Colombia, bordering the stunning beaches of the Caribbean coast and reaching up to 18,700 ft in altitude. Encompassing an incredible variety of ecosystems and home to several different indigenous groups including the Arhuacos, this region of Colombia is a beautiful and magical place.
Cacao de Colombia recently installed a state-of-the-art fermentation and drying center in the lower-altitude community of Macondo, where they primarily source cacao from approximately 40 farming families in the department of Magdalena. On Emily's recent visit, the farmers' degree of technical expertise stood out as outstanding - farmers are even running their own pollination trials to improve quality and yields, which are currently around 700 Kg/hectare in the region.
Cacao de Colombia has been providing technical assistance and a stable market to farmers in the Sierra Nevada for the last 6 years, and the results are clear in both the quality of the cacao and the impact on farmers. Farmers are reporting a 72% higher annual income than before this new market existed, and Cacao Hunters' Sierra Nevada 64% bar with this cacao won the gold award for best chocolate in the world in 2016. We taste a balance of fruits and nuts in the cacao from Sierra Nevada, with a smooth cocoa baseline.