HCP Heirloom Cacao 16
Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City
Provided by Malagos Chocolate
Bursary Sponsor: Emily Luchetti
The Puentespina’s venture into cacao growing started in 2003 when founders, Roberto and Charita Puentespina, leased a cacao farm in Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City. A farmer at heart, Charita Puentespina rehabilitated the trees and soon after harvested the cacao pods. She now operates a 24-hectare cacao farm in Malagos and employs around 80 in-house farmers both in Malagos and on cacao farms outside of the Malagos area. (These are farmers whose passion is farming but unfortunately do not have their own lands to till). The Puentespinas also built a training facility on the farm to teach farmers good cacao growing practices. They provide farm inputs & run an Extension Service to those who need further assistance.
Philippine chocolate made from Heirloom designated farms
Tasting Panel Notes
Color: Medium brown with unique warm red-orange rust hues.
Aroma: Bright fruit notes—citrus and berry
Flavor: Smooth, even melt texture—silky and sensuous feel. Smooth rise of the chocolate blended with mildly tart fresh berry and citrus fruits. Includes yellow flesh fruits—peach—notes as well. Center taste has a sweet caramel / toffee character blended in with a smooth mild chocolate. Later taste has a nut butter (almond? mild hazelnut?) character that is perhaps also contributing to the silky smooth mouth feel. Balanced, complex composition in which the acidity, bitterness, and astringency are complementing all the other notes.
USDA Genetic Profile for cacao beans from Philippines cacao farm trees