Origin Story

Finca Chimelb’s 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 social security for all employees. 10 of the 50 workers dedicated to cacao during peak harvest are women. 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 to control soil erosion and analyzing 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 and territory.

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