The Pure Nacional tree once at the heart of South America’s chocolate industry was believed to have been lost forever – until it was recently rediscovered by accident. [HCP note – this article features HCP Board Member, Dan Pearson] By Lavinia Wanjau, 17 September 2019, BBC Travel Travelling to the Marañón Canyon in northern Peru… Read More

We are always looking for opportunities to educate our audience on the cacao growing regions. So we thought this would be a great article to share even though it doesn’t directly relate to our Hawaii Heirloom Designee. There are a number of cacao initiatives on the go in Hawaii including: our HCP Nursery Project at… Read More

June 27th, 2019, COSA Committee on Sustainability Assessment New apps are not only bringing vital information to small farmers, they are increasingly driving their participation in a rich digital eco-system. Organizations like Lutheran World Relief (one of our partners) are working to make new technology available to farmers that would deliver science-based advice when they… Read More

From Axios by Steve LeVine, June 11, 2019 Wine experts get loads of respect, with their oenologists, viticulturists, masters of wine, not to mention white-gloved sommeliers. Ever since Starbucks elevated the cup of coffee, “Q graders,” the mandarins of the Arabica bean, have achieved similar gravitas. Craft beer has its cicerones. What’s happening: Now, a… Read More

Guittard Chocolate Company Expands its Flavor Labs in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Indonesia to Protect High-Quality Cocoa Burlingame, CA (January 24, 2019) — Guittard Chocolate Company, as part of its Cultivate Better™ sustainability platform, has expanded its flavor quality work in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Indonesia. The expansion is an initiative designed to protect and… Read More

Let’s go into 2019 on a positive note about the health of the industry from this March 2018 article. The U.S. chocolate market is expected exceed $20 billion by 2025, according to research by United Kingdom-based firm IndexBox. The research firm noted the market reached $17.6 billion in 2016, up $819 million — or 5 percent —… Read More

December 19, 2018 – In effort to preserve and propagate fine flavor cacao, some of which are rare, wild and ancient types, the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund (HCP) has built nurseries, set up experimental farm plots and trained local farmers in cultivation techniques at three Heirloom designee sites. The best tasting chocolate in the world… Read More

Is Some of the Best Artisan Chocolate Found In Utah? Nov 7, 2018, Michele Herrmann , Forbes Utah’s connection to chocolate is quite solid. From chocolate appreciation societies to artisan chocolate producers, the Beehive State can be said to have tasty ties to this confection. “For the most part in Utah, people get into chocolate production… Read More

The Science of Good Chocolate Meet the sensory scientist who is decoding the terroir of chocolate—and working to safeguard the cacao plant that gives us the sweet dark treat. By Simran Sethi, Smithsonian Magazine, October 30, 2018 While walking through a dense thatch of cacao trees in Gran Couva, Trinidad, food technologist Darin Sukha crushes… Read More