Venezuela | Sur de Lago
Ecuador | Hacienda Victoria
Ecuador is a well known country for cacao. The famous Arriba cacao, or Nacional, grows there and many chocolate makers go crazy for the fruity, floral profile that typically comes from those beans. In Ecuador we are working with Hacienda Victoria, a beautiful cacao farm located in the Guayas region that grows 100% Arriba cacao. This cacao is perfect for buyers who are looking for something really special and they do not want any negative surprises. From customers' feedback we hear that the beans are easy to work with, clean and large, with great flavours and consistency in the quality. We always have these beans in Amsterdam.
Hacienda Victoria cacao - Fresh fruity, floral, dark chocolate & nutty
Venezuela is a country close to our hearts. And not only to us, many chocolate makers have a mythical, holy grail idea of this ancient cacao origin. The fertile lands of the Venezuelan Andean mountain ranges are the birthplace of criollo cacao. Although plenty of Venezuelan cacao is on the market, often the quality is poor. Because of our year-long experience on the ground, our relationships with producers, and our strict bean selections, we can offer both mainstream and special cacao from Venezuela.
On stock in Amsterdam:
Gibraltar - Our favourite! Cookies, bananas and caramel
Porcelana - The one and only. Soft and mild caramel and nuts (waiting list)
Cuayagua - Extremely rare, these beans from northern Venezuela. Whipped cream, almonds, hazelnuts and cherry jam. Comes with a authenticity certificate.
We also sell conventional Sur de Lago cacao in large volumes - A well fermented blend from the Merida, Táchira and Trujillo states. Mild chocolate, nutty, malty, woody.
Cocoa powder, butter & mass
We have an amazing natural cocoa butter, cocoa mass and (alkalised and premium) cocoa powder from KKO Real on stock. Made locally in Venezuela from a blend we call ‘Cacao de Venezuela’ – a mosaic variety that gathers several criollos and Trinitarios. These products are of very high quality and should be known by all chocolate makers who pride themselves for using only the best of the best.
Sierra Leone | Gola Forest Friendly (NEW!)
Gola Forest-Friendly cacao beans are shade-grown in Sierra Leone. Uniquely delicious and high quality, Gola cacao plays a vital role in protecting a globally important biodiversity hotspot, supports local people and saves some of the world's most rare animal species in the Gola rainforest.
Flavour: a mild red fruity taste alongside coffee and prunes. Mild bitterness and astringency with undertones of honey.
Guatemala | Hacienda Kampura
These beans come from Hacienda Kampura, located in the northeast Guatemala in the region of Izabal. It rains throughout the year, which creates an ideal condition for cacao to grow. The fine flavour cacao grows in harmony with the mahogany, rosewood and rubber trees in a natural forest. These beans are incredibly clean and large, making them perfect for any chocolate maker to use. Certification: UTZ.
Flavour: mild cacao with strong citric notes and slight hints of nuts, caramel and herbs.