Fine Heirloom Single-Origin
Nacional Fino de Aroma Cacao
Beans and Paste
Our search for heirloom Ceremonial Cacao began in Manabi,
just south of the Equator, on the coast of Ecuador.
There were rumors of abandoned old growth Cacao forests in the hills, and we asked until we were shown the way.
From Jama, where 2000 year old relics of the
Jama-Coaque civilization can still be found,
my friend and I took the River Valley road
and began climbing into the mountains,
first by truck, then by donkey, then on foot,
until we reached the Finca farmhouse.
Above us the misty ridge was covered with Cacao trees,
many planted at least 100 years ago.
The Grandfathers, a group of brothers,
had cultivated Criollo
Nacional Fino de Aroma Cacao Trees
on these remote family farms, we were told,
and no chemicals have ever been used here.
The Cacao is still shade grown in fruiting cloud forests,
the beans traditionally fermented, and sun-dried.
AND THE FLAVOR!!!
We knew we had found what we were looking for.
Only 5% of Cacao beans on the worldwide market
are heirloom Nacional Fino de Aroma Cacao
and Ecuador grows the finest.