The HCP is excited to have worked with Marou Cacao in designating  Treasure Island trees as Heirloom Cacao #13.  See page 16 in the following Marou Cacao Report 2017 for an update on Mr. Cong and his farm. Here is the introduction to the report: We have been making chocolate in Vietnam since 2011, working… Read More


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


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