A big thank you to Susie Wyshak of FoodStarter for this great review of her experience in tasting our new HCP Heirlooms. February 5, 2017 by Susie What if all wine, coffee or beer tasted the same? Oh yes, there’s a time and place for the kind of predictability you get from a familiar taste… Read More


February 1 2017 – The Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund (HCP) is delighted to announce that the cacao trees of BFREE Demonstration Cacao Farm, Belize; San Jose de Bocay, Nicaragua and Pham Thanh Cong, Mekong Delta, Vietnam have been designated HEIRLOOM. They become, respectively, the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth HCP Heirloom designations made since the 2014… Read More


Each year are always so grateful to Matt & Yelena Caputo – Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli who donate the profits from their November Chocolate Festival to the HCP. Here is a repost of their blog post: November 11, 2016 Chocolate With a Cause: Get to know the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Here at Caputo’s, we… Read More


THE HCP DESIGNATES NEW HEIRLOOM CACAOS IN COSTA RICA & BELIZE   January 2015 – The Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative (HCP) is delighted to announce that the cacao trees of Terciopelo, Coto Brus, Costa Rica and Maya Mountain Cacao Ltd. Farmer Network Villages of San Antonio, Santa Cruz, Santa Elena, and Pueblo Viejo in Belize, both provided by Daniel… Read More


The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) Takes Its Next Bold Step Forward to Save the World’s Finest Cacao Trees and Chocolate. THE HCP DESIGNATES A NEW HEIRLOOM CACAO IN ECUADOR July 2014 – The Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative (HCP) is delighted to announce that the cacao trees of Cooperative Nueva Esperanza in Puerto Quito, Ecuador provided by husband… Read More


Bolivia! Ecuador! Hawaii! The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) Takes a Bold Step Forward to Save the World’s Chocolate   THE HCP DESIGNATES FIRST-EVER HEIRLOOM CACAO! February 2014 – The best chocolate in the world starts with the finest cacao but that cacao is poised for extinction. As the industry continues to replace fine flavor cacao… Read More


Future of Chocolate

Seeing the Future of Chocolate We give a shout out to Maryam Henein of Honey Colony for her excellent look at “The Future of Chocolate.” Maryam, who is well-known and respected for her outstanding documentary on honeybees (“Vanishing of the Bees”) approached the FCIA, HCP, and its members for quotes and information for her substantial article at where the… Read More


THE HCP HANGS OUT HCP Google Hangout sponsored by HCP Co-Founder Pam Williams (Ecole Chocolat) and featuring her and fellow co-founders Dan Pearson (Maranon Chocolate) and Lyndel Meinhardt (USDA-ARS), as well as Jim Eber the HCP Director of Communication.… Read More


Good&Evil Bar

Before anyone even tasted it, there was considerable buzz surrounding the release of the limited edition Good & Evil chocolate bar this fall from Christopher Curtin’s Éclat Chocolate. Much of this was because Curtin’s two partners in the project were globetrotting culinary TV star Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, owner of the renowned Le Bernardin in… Read More