2019 - Cacao of Excellence
The only Ecuadorian cacao to earn this award.
3 bars of dark chocolate from Freddy's farm in the coastal Cloud Forests of NW Ecuador.
No added fat in any bar. Explore the role sugar plays in chocolate.
From the bright edge blackberry notes of the 100, to the nutty acidity of the 90 to the fruity and spicy embrace of the 70. Wonderful tasting experience.
After years of assessing cacao from Ecuador, we continued searching, found and approached Mr. Freddy Salazar for a sample. We were blown away with our initial tests and ordered a bulk shipment from Freddy’s cloud forests of Costa Esmeraldas – on the NW coast of Ecuador, 130 miles west of Quito.
Shortly after our shipment arrived in 2019 this cacao was recognized as World Top 50 by the Cacao of Excellence program. We are proud to be the first team in Europe to be working with his cacao.
Freddy’s estate is just 6 years old – situated on an ex-cattle ranch. Very steep, lush, layered slopes complicate the daily work but the year round climate stays quite stable with a short wet season and misty, drizzly summers in the aptly named Cloud Forests. Minimal temperature fluctuation means consistency is more achievable. Management of the cacao orchards creates over 40 full-time jobs in the local community of rural Esmeraldas.
Estate Collection - Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador - Dark
Organic Nacional Venezolano Amarillo cacao.