Origin Story

Deep in the jungles of Alto Beni, Bolivia, a young cacao company started by two Bolivian brothers has transformed the local cacao economy. Nelson and Jorge Valverde started the Alto Beni Cacao Company (ABC) in 2010 to improve livelihoods of small-scale farmers who depend on cacao as a main source of income. ABC pays premium farmgate prices and runs a careful centralized post-harvest operation. In 2016, ABC made adjustments with technical support by Uncommon Cacao to improve flavor and consistency. The 2016 harvest was not certified organic, though organically cultivated, and previous harvests have all been certified. We expect ABC to regain organic certification in 2017.

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Here at Uncommon Cacao, we closely manage the quality of the beans in our supply chain through rigorous evaluation and ongoing training. We're proud to offer you the highest ultra-premium quality beans, which allow chocolate makers to create their award-winning chocolate. Farmers who produce high quality beans achieve greater business stability, and all in this supply chain benefit. 

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3 Academy of Chocolate Awards 2018

1 International Chocolate Award 2017

5 Academy of Chocolate Awards 2017

2 International Chocolate Awards 2016

Good Food Awards 2013