On  20th July 2017, the Belize Foundation for Research & Environmental Education (BFREE) along with Ya’axché Conservation Trust hosted the first Belize Cacao and Agroforestry Forum, entitled “The Future of the Cacao industry in Belize,” at the Church of the Nazarene Medical and Education Center in the historic village of San Pedro Columbia, Toledo District. Tthe… Read More


Deborah Prinz, Contributor, HuffingtonPost.com, 06/30/2017 04:00 pm ET I have always been partial to heirlooms and only began to understand heirloom chocolate at a chocolate tasting a week ago hosted by the non-profit Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund. It featured cacao beans from Belize, Nicaragua, and Vietnam. They boasted flavorful profiles and challenged us to consider… Read More


June 23, 2017 – The Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund (HCP) announced to the NYC Media in a private tasting event 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… Read More


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


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