Fermented Cacao Beans in Ecuador

By Jeffrey Stern, Gianduja, July 10, 2012 Ecuador is known in the cocoa industry for being the world’s largest producer of both the heirloom quality and fine flavor Nacional and CCN-51, an increasingly prevalent hybrid of standard or mass-market quality and flavor. Today, Nacional is increasingly scarce and has been genetically diluted. Moreover, its reputation for… Read More

Future of Chocolate

  Heirloom cacao are the diamonds of cacao — cacao trees and beans endowed with a combination of historic, cultural, botanical, geographical, and most importantly flavor value. They are the foundation of the best tasting chocolate. Why is heirloom cacao important? Heirloom and indigenous species of cacao have a number ecological, economic and social benefits:… Read More