HCP Heirloom Cacao 11

BFREE Demonstration Cacao Farm,
BFREE Private Reserve, Toledo District, Belize

Provided by Jacob Marlin, BFREE

Designated 2016

Bursary Sponsor: Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli


The criollo parentage cacao trees on the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) nature reserve are growing in virgin, primary rain forest, under a heavy tall canopy. The trees are widely and randomly dispersed, presumably having been propagated by natural means. The BFREE demonstration farm is located on a 1153 acre private reserve that borders 1,500,000 acres of tropical rainforest within the Maya Mountains of southern Belize. Numerous cacao varieties are grown organically under a tall tropical rainforest canopy where wildlife abounds including Jaguars, Tapirs, Howler Monkeys, Harpy Eagles, Scarlet Macaws, and countless other species of wildlife.

Jacob Marlin was born in Washington D.C. and moved to Belize in 1993.  He started a 501c3 non-profit organization, the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) in 1994, and established a Biological Research and Environmental Educational Field Station on a private reserve in a remote part of southern Belize in the Maya Mountains. As Executive Director of the organization, Mr. Marlin is using organic shade grown Cacao as one of many tools to help restore and conserve tropical rainforests in Belize.

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Crioco Contact information: Jacob Marlin criococacao@gmail.com

Tasting Panel Notes

Very mild intensity overall with smooth emergence of a very mild chocolate intensity.  This is combined with the simultaneous emergence of a rich mild, lightly roasted nut base that is accompanied by a caramel and mild panella browned sweetness with a “creamy” character. A pleasant lightly floral green tea / spice note emerges in the center taste and finishes with a nut / slightly spice.

USDA Genetic Profile

BFree Cacao genetics