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Origins

Guatemala



Country and Region

Cacao Verapaz is located in the north central region of Guatemala called Alta Verapaz, a lush, green plateau about 4,500 feet above sea level. Usually shrouded in mist, this area (or department as it’s called) doesn't have distinct wet and dry seasons, but rather, stays mostly warm during the days and cool during the mornings and evenings.


Farm

Cacao Verapaz connects producers of fine cacao in Guatemala with specialty chocolate makers in the U.S. and Europe, with a focus on positive social and environmental impacts in indigenous communities in the region. All cacao is centrally fermented and dried, carefully selected, and packed in high-quality jute sacks lined with Grain-Pro before export to chocolate makers. With technical and market support from Cacao Verapaz, the cacao from this region has quickly become renowned in the craft chocolate market, and has already won Silver at the International Chocolate Awards.


The 2014-2015 harvest comes from farmers who live in the area around Laguna Lachuá, a pristine lake in the middle of a national park in the Alta Verapaz department. Farmers here are predominantly Q'eqchi Maya, who grow cardamom and corn, as well as cacao.


Social Pillars

Many farmers in the area are still living entirely off the grid, in areas without electricity or phone signal. As the quality of the bean grows, the money that quality generates goes directly back to the indigenous communities in this region.


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