Ucayali River Cacao has partnered with cocoa farmers along the Ucayali River outside the Peruvian city of Pucallpa, Peru. Many of the farmers only means of transporting cacao is by small boat along the river. Farmers are paid a premium price and the fresh cacao is opened the morning of pick-up and loaded into fermentation boxes by nightfall. Ucayali River Cacao is sun dried in a central fermentation area using elevated drying racks.
This cacao grows in a region that is known for unrest and narco-traﬃcking. What the communities along the Ucayali river need and desire most is infrastructure such as schools, roads, and electrical power. To help stem the drug trade the government has partnered with USAID, Alianza Peru, and Ucayali River Cacao with a special program to give local farmers access to alternative ways to earn an income other than harvesting coca plants. By planting and selling legal crops the government now rewards these communities with badly needed infrastructure.
Harvest season runs April to August and November to December.
Curimaná District, PeruIngredients Used:
3 - Cacao Beans, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter Organic:
Yes (uncertified direct trade)
Cocoa Content: 70%Cacao Variety:
Local Trinitario ancestorsWeight: 3.0 ozAllergy Information:
Processed in a factory that also processes nuts and dairy Tasting Notes:
Soft and Delicate, low bitterness, Mocha, Cedar, Bright Citrus