Stirring fermenting cacao beans the old fashioned way

Stirring fermenting cacao beans the old fashioned way in the Maranon Canyon – by hand. . . . → Read More: Stirring fermenting cacao beans the old fashioned way

Single mom sorts dry Pure Nacional cacao beans

Single mom Yesica earns much needed income hand selecting dry Pure Nacional cacao beans in the Maranon Canyon. . . . → Read More: Single mom sorts dry Pure Nacional cacao beans

Pure Nacional beans ready for export in the Maranon Canyon

Pure Nacional beans ready to weigh and store for export in the Maranon Canyon. . . . → Read More: Pure Nacional beans ready for export in the Maranon Canyon

Pure Nacional beans can dry even in strong rains

A fixed roof and elevated drying beds ensure Pure Nacional beans can dry even in strong rains. . . . → Read More: Pure Nacional beans can dry even in strong rains

Rain and lots of mud in the Maranon Canyon

Cacao harvest time means constant rain and lots of mud in the Maranon Canyon. . . . → Read More: Rain and lots of mud in the Maranon Canyon

Strong rain in the Marañon Canyon

Strong rain in the Marañon Canyon is good for Pure Nacional cacao, but makes life hard around rivers. . . . → Read More: Strong rain in the Marañon Canyon

The Importance Of Properly Fermenting Cacao Beans

To fully develop the flavor of a cacao bean, it must be fermented correctly. This is a crucial step in the processing of high quality cacao. Attention to detail and proper equipment are a must. Yet, the cacao used in almost all commercially available chocolate, has been fermented in a careless, haphazard way. When cacao [...] . . . → Read More: The Importance Of Properly Fermenting Cacao Beans

Drying Cacao Beans Perfectly

In our processing facility in the Maranon Canyon, Peru we have three long drying beds. We use them for drying our Pure Nacional cacao. Drying cacao is a super important part of the process that eventually leads to chocolate. If you under dry a cacao bean it will be sour. If you over dry cacao [...] . . . → Read More: Drying Cacao Beans Perfectly

Working At The Cacao Processing Facility

Living in the Marañón Canyon and working at our cacao bean processing facility was one of the joys of my life. It was hard work, but incredibly rewarding. My wife and I lived about two blocks from the facility. Every morning, I got up at 6:30am and went to a local market to buy fresh fruit [...] . . . → Read More: Working At The Cacao Processing Facility

To Make Great Chocolate You Must Live With The Cacao Farmers

Chocolate is made from cocoa beans found in football shaped pods on trees that grow near the equator. The trees are planted and grown primarily on small farms. Hundreds of thousands of cocoa bean farmers all over the world provide chocolate companies with the raw material they need to make chocolate. Like any other agricultural [...] . . . → Read More: To Make Great Chocolate You Must Live With The Cacao Farmers