Drive through the dramatic volcanic highlands of Guatemala towards the Pacific coast and land at Monte Grande, a family-owned farm near the border with Chiapas, Mexico. The farm, which includes cacao, rubber, and palm, was purchased in 1867 by the Conde family with six gold coins. This region of Guatemala, known as “Costa Sur,” was historically the country’s center of cacao production and genetic research, but when prices dropped in the 1970s most cacao was abandoned. Since 1984, the Conde family has been planting new varieties and propagating selected trees from the farm. Today, the cacao farm is 19 hectares and expanding with 11 hectares of seedlings grown in the farm’s own nursery designed for water conservation and multi-crop propagation. Antonio Conde, 26 years old and a graduate of Earth University in Costa Rica, manages the farm on behalf of his family and seeks to replace as many of the farm’s former palm and rubber plots as possible with cacao agroforestry, setting an example for other estates in the region.
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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