An insightful article on the fine chocolate industry from HCP Board member, Brad Kintzer: Taking cues from the coffee and craft beer movements, fine chocolate options are gaining momentum. Brad Kintzer, chief chocolate maker for TCHO Chocolate, helps us better understand this exciting sector. Until recently, it was uncommon to find double IPA beers in… Read More

When Cost is the apex predator, tasty but expensive-to-produce chocolate will perish. Only the cheap, bland and boring will survive. Karla Lant, FED, 3/22/2018 Bathed in fluorescent light, row upon row of mass-produced chocolate candies compete for attention in drug stores across the western world. With the Easter holiday upon us, children line up for baskets… Read More

Our colleague and HCP/FCIA supporter Kristy Leissle’s soon to be released book, Cocoa gets a review by the Financial Times, who says “She argues that the most essential ingredient to achieve sustainability is that farmers come to regard their work as honourable and valued — and that their children see the worth of staying in… Read More

Tuesday, Jan 21 2018 – The Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund (HCP) is delighted to announce that the cacao trees of Tujikomboe Farmers Group, Tanzania; and Akesson’s Bejofo Estate, Madagascar have been designated HEIRLOOM. They become, respectively, the fourteenth and fifteenth HCP Heirloom designations made since the 2014 inaugural Heirlooms. The HCP’s International Tasting Panel tasting… Read More

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,, 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