Finca Chimelb is a magnificent private farm in Lanquín, Alta Verapaz. Its scale is unparalleled in the region: the farm spans 4,500 hectares, 2,298 of which are natural and planted forest protected by the farm. Chimelb is the largest cacao farm in Alta Verapaz, at 250 hectares of cacao cultivation, and also grows specialty coffee, rubber, eucalyptus, and pine. Finca Chimelb employs approximately 400 workers across all crops on average, reaching more than 2,000 workers during peak harvest of coffee, and pays 40% above Guatemala’s minimum wage, as well as social security for all employees. Finca Chimelb has an exceptionally diverse clonal garden to evaluate both heirloom and new clones, monitor tree productivity and compatibility, and use data to increase yields. The farm espouses environmentally friendly cultivation, planting cover crops like rubber trees to control soil erosion control and analyziing micro-organisms in the most fertile areas of the farm to reproduce and introduce them into less fertile areas. Finca Chimelb has hosted multiple trainings for local smallholder farmers in collaboration with Cacao Verapaz, and takes its social responsibility seriously in contributing to the Guatemalan cacao industry through a combination of trainings, employment, clonal development, and research into best practices for the local climate.
Chimelb beans are available in two qualities, Ultra-Premium and Premium.
Chimelb Ultra-premium beans meet fermentation expectations, are hand sorted, packed in grain pro, contain ideal humidity levels, contain no internal or external mold, and hit the target fruity and bright, flavor profile of Chimelb beans.
Our Chimelb Premium beans are provided at a lower price point. These beans, while similar in flavor profile and size, do not meet all ultra-premium targets, and provide the perfect price-entry point for chocolate makers wanting to start crafting delicious chocolate with these fruity and bright beans.
1 International Chocolate Awards 2018
2 Academy of Chocolate Awards 2018
International Chocolate Awards 2016