HCP Heirloom Cacao 10


Provided by Asociacion De Productores Organicos De Vinces Apovinces, Vinces, Ecuador

Designated 2016

Bursary Sponsor: Millcreek Cacao Roasters

Discover Heirloom Designated Cacao Farming in Ecuador

The Association of Organic Producers of Vinces (APROVINCES) was formed in June 2006.  It is a co-op in Vinces, Ecuador, made up of about 318 small producers and 986 hectares of cocoa, reaching an average production of 200 tons per year.  APROVINCES was born out of the need  to improve the productivity for the small cocoa farmers and living conditions of its farmers and their families.   APROVINCES focus is to train producers in this district in clean technology, improve the productivity of its farms and commercialize production. Vinces is considered the heart of the historic Nacional estates of the 18th & 19th centuries.

Email: andresavella@gmail.com

Learn About the HCP Nursery Projects

In 2018, APROVINCES was awarded a grant from HCP funded by Penn State University. The objective of the HCP project in APROVINCES is to collect data from designated cacao trees to select trees with the finest organoleptic characteristics, most productive and the most resistant to disease. Using these selected trees, they will undergo a maintenance process for branch reproduction (grafting) to be used for the making of clonal gardens and deliver selected varieties to the producers.

To read the most recent program report, contact HCP Executive Director, Anne Zaczek at info@hcpcacao.org

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Tasting Panel Notes

Early, mildly tart notes with an acetic and citric character. “Bright” overall with notable intensity. The woody / resinous notes of the aroma come through clearly together with a mild background astringency. In the background some dark fruit notes (citrus, cane berry, cassis) with what seems like a finish of trace nutmeg and cinnamon and tobacco spice.

USDA Genetic Profile for cacao beans from Ecuador cacao farm trees

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