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ChoCoaque Cacao Collective

Jama, Manabi, Ecuador

ChoCoaque Criollo Nacional Fino de Aroma Cacao is

Certified Organic (2020)

by Association Agropecuaria Convento a ser Intervenida con el Proyecto Cacao, AgroEcuador.

There are 3 main cultivar groups of Cacao beans grown today:

Forastero, Trinitario

and Nacional.

Criollo is a term for the original native ancient heirloom bean.


The Nacional Criollo Cacao is the rarest of the three, the trees are especially difficult to grow.

The chocolate made from the Criollo Nacional Fino de Aroma Cacao bean has a delicate and complex array of flavors.

The “King of Cacao", Criollo Nacional Fino de Aroma is highly prized and is used by the world's finest Bean-to-Bar micro chocolate makers.


ChoCoaque Criollo Nacional Fino de Aroma Cacao is hand harvested in Jama at a single- origin farm. The farm was purchased to save the 6 acre Cacao orchard from being cleared for cattle. This small Woman-owned, family farm, uses absolutely no slave labor.

The Finca ChoCoaque Cacao orchard has been restored to full health using all natural fertilizers, integrated pest management and agroforestry. Local farmers continue to work here cultivating and processing Cacao in their traditional ways.

ChoCoaque Cacao beans are fermented in wood boxes and sun dried, just as the farmers have practiced for generations.