In partnership with the USDA, the HCP enables cacao bean submission to undergo genetic testing and analysis. Both the HCP and the USDA recognize that fine flavored cacao varieties are being lost due to the introduction of other cacao types into the growing region and to diseases. As a result, this genetic evaluation of samples helps… Read More


In celebration of our approval for 501(c)(3) status, the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund would like to introduce its new logo. A big thank you to designer, Sharon Klein of SKGD and HCP Board Member Clark Guittard for all of their hard work. In describing her design, Sharon states: “We created this inspirational icon and logo… Read More


Video password: cacao Caputo’s Market and Deli’s Annual Chocolate Festival is a celebration of the growing artisan chocolate culture. In support of the important work to save heirloom cacao varieties that contribute to this movement’s craft chocolate, Caputo’s donates 100% of the events proceeds to the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund. In 2015, this generous donation totaled… Read More


Future of Chocolate

  Heirloom cacao are the diamonds of cacao — cacao trees and beans endowed with a combination of historic, cultural, botanical, geographical, and most importantly flavor value. They are the foundation of the best tasting chocolate. Why is heirloom cacao important? Heirloom and indigenous species of cacao have a number ecological, economic and social benefits:… Read More