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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