HCP Heirloom Cacao 13
Pham Thanh Cong, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Provided by Marou – Faiseurs de Chocolat
Bursary Sponsor: Dr. Jeff & Deborah Hurst
Mr. Cong’s farm is in a densely populated and agriculturally developed part of the Mekong Delta. The farm is on an island between two of the many branches of the Mekong river, which is reached by a motorized ferry. The cacao trees grow under a dappling canopy of palms and other tall trees and are irrigated by canals that bring water directly from the river.
Tasting Panel Notes
Clear base chocolate notes with a browned fruit character. Throughout the flavor profile, there is a unique desiccated coconut note that persists through to the end taste. This coconut note is accompanied by a dried fruit and spice character that is cinnamon and cardamom—its spice character combined with the dried and browned fruit is reminiscent of tonka beans with its additional saffron and bitter almond. Unique!
USDA Genetic Profile