Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City, Philippines This is the final week of our newsletter series “HCP in Action: Working Through the Pandemic with our Designees”, over the past couple of months, we have heard from a number of HCP Designee sites on how the Covid-19 Pandemic has affected their fine flavor Heirloom cacao farming operations… Read More


In this week’s HCP Designee Snapshot, we are hearing from Erick Ac, Chief Operating Officer/Cacao Program Manager at BFREE, HCP Designee #11.  The BFREE research/demonstration farm is located on a 1,153 acre private reserve that borders over 1,500,000 acres of protected tropical rainforest within the Maya Mountains of southern Belize, an area described as one… Read More


HCP Designee  #5: la Asociación de Productores Agropecuarios Artesanal Nueva Esperanza (ASOANE) Puerto Quito, Ecuador This week we are hearing from Diego Saquicela Rojas, consultant to la Asociación de Productores Agropecuarios Artesanal Nueva Esperanza (ASOANE), HCP Designee #5. ASOANE is an association of 25 producers of artisanal agriculture located in Puerto Quito, Ecuador. ASOANE has been… Read More


  This week, we are hearing from Roxanna Chen, General Manager of Maya Mountain Cacao (MMC) Ltd. Farmer Network, HCP Designee #7, a specialty cacao sourcing company that works across the Toledo, Stann Creek and Cayo districts of Belize. In 2015, MMC farmers earned HCP designation for a set of farms in the villages of San… Read More


This week we are hearing from Bertil Akesson, Owner of Akesson’s, HCP Designee #15. Located in the Sambirano Valley, in north-west Madagascar, Bejofo Estate spreads over about 2000ha.  Since 1920, it has produced world-famous aromatic cocoa, and today many of the top chefs and chocolate makers around the world use cocoa from this estate.  Bertil… Read More


We are all adjusting to our new normal during this global pandemic, the operations of HCP Designees are no different.  Over the next few weeks, HCP will be highlighting HCP Designees around the world.  We will go through the challenges they have faced and overcome the past few months as a result of the Pandemic,… Read More


By: Jacob Marlin Caputo’s Market and Deli is the largest corporate sponsor of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund, donating a percentage of the proceeds of their Annual Chocolate Festival to HCP over the past six years. Caputo’s Eighth Annual Chocolate Festival was a night like no other. In the main Caputo’s Deli located in downtown… Read More


The winners of the 2019 International Cocoa Award have been announced!  The Heirloom Cacao Preservation (HCP) Fund and the Cocoa of Excellence Programme are partners in celebrating fine flavor cacao throughout the world, and highlighting its importance for the preservation of our future chocolate supply. HCP would like give a special congratulations to Ed Seguine,… Read More


1. What were some of the original reasons that you and other industry leaders founded FCIA in 2007? Seeing the changes in the industry of using less flavor cocoa over the last 50 years and the emergence of their use in the bean to bar movement led us to want to shine the spot light… Read More