HCP Heirloom Cacao 6

Terciopelo, Coto Brus, Costa Rica

Provided by Daniel O’Doherty, Cacao Services Inc. with Jim Carouba & the Terciopelo Farmers

Designated 2015

Bursary Sponsor: Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli

Heirloom Cacao

Discover Heirloom Designated Cacao Farming in Costa Rica

Terciopelo Cacao has been in production in the southern part of Costa Rica near the town of San Vito since March 2007. Owners Keli and James Carouba bought the largest cacao plantation on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and with the help of local farmers and Dan O’Doherty, owner and president of Cacao Services Agricultural & Scientific Consulting, have expanded the plantation with heirloom designated cacao varieties.

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Learn About the HCP Nursery Projects

In 2018, Terciopelo Cacao was awarded an HCP grant funded by Penn State University to propagate their Heirloom designated cacao.  The Carouba’s will expand the farm’s acreage by identifying the most productive, flavorful and disease resistant trees to use as mother trees for propagating their heirloom cacao.  In 2019, 1,200 heirloom trees will be planted at experimental plots and new clonal garden.

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

Costa Rican chocolate made from Heirloom designated farms

Goodnow Farms Chocolate (US)

Tasting Panel Notes

The HCP’s International Tasting Panel loved the smooth, clean finish of the Costa Rican sample, the way the fruits persisted until the end, and the intensity of the chocolate flavor given the mild aroma and light color.

USDA Genetic Profile for cacao beans from Costa Rica cacao farm trees

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