We have received three very exciting varieties of cocoa beans from Venezuela!
Our RoastMaster created roasting profiles for these beans that guarantees we get the deepest flavor from them possible. Read the compelling stories behind these beans and the farms they are sourced from.
These beans are all “Ethically and Sustainably Traded”… this is a description that you will be seeing on our site more and more, especially as we learn more about the cocoa bean industry. More on that in a future post.
The farms that these beans are being sourced from are not part of a large Co-Op, which restricts them from having the ‘Fair Trade’ certifications that larger farmer co-ops enjoy. Plus they are not large enough to be able to afford the ‘Certified Organic’ label – this certification just costs too much. But the stories from these farms are so compelling and the fact that they are actually paid more for their beans than they would if they were certified, that we felt more than justified in adding them to our brewing cocoa offerings.
Wild Amazonas: These are wild grown cocoa beans from a farm in an indigenous community, near the cities of Caicara and Puerto Aycuho. This community has been producing cocoa for centuries. The USDA is presently working with them to get genetic information to trace the origins of their cocoa and map the genetic varietals growing throughout Venezuela. The sourcing agent in that area – Tisano – has to travel by canoe for two days against the river current to reach this farm and buy the cocoa beans.
This area of Venezuela is thought to be the birthplace of cocoa and these beans are a rich Forastero that are packed with soft tropical fruit flavors and a rich dark chocolate finish.
Cumboto: These beans are sourced from a former slave village that is tucked away in the deep canyons of the Henri Pettier National Park.
These farmers were running a large Co-Op called Ocumare, but that was taken over by the Venezuelan government. Cumboto is a small village just outside of Ocumare.
Their beans are true Criollo varietal and carry some very nice nut and smoke under notes, along with a wonderful cocoa finish.
Patanemo: These beans are also from a former slave village. The story behind this farm is that slaves ran away from the haciendas (which is what the slave plantations are called in South America) in the area and hid in the jungle and mountains. They started a little town named ‘Pas Tenemos’ – which means ‘We Have Peace’… over time this evolved into the name Patanemo… not to be confused with an area called ‘Patanemo’, which is the older name for the coastal region of Puerto Cabello – more known for its excellent surf break than the cocoa bean … Patanemo, the cocoa bean farm, is located in an isolated valley, inland from the coast, and they supply a wonderfully unique pale white Criollo cocoa bean with pink speckles. It has some of the most interesting flavors we have ever tasted – toffee and nuts with a little marmalade, then some cinnamon tones - all finished with a very smooth chocolate… truly an amazing bean!
These beans will be available for purchase later this week… check back and make sure to get a supply of each of them – we’re predicting these beans will sell out quickly – don’t miss out!!