Country of origin: Peru
The beans used for our organic cacao paste are grown in the Peruvian Amazon, the spiritual home of cacao. Our beans are 100% organic raw Criollo cacao beans, prized for their superior flavour.
Our cacao products neither roasted nor Dutch-processed (alkalized), making them raw.
Cacao is a superfood in its own right, packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. As well as being suitable for drinking and baking, our cacao is ideal for making chocolate. As with any pure cacao, it has a naturally bitter taste and may need a sweetener.
NONE OF OUR CACAO PRODUCTS CONTAIN ANY ADDITIVES OR PRESERVATIVES. THIS IS 100% CACAO, NOTHING ADDED, NOTHING TAKEN AWAY!
Cacao and Peru have a long history together, with the fruit and its beans having been enjoyed by natives long before it was exported worldwide.
There are various different varieties of cacao, however, the Criollo variety is growing rapidly in popularity due to its higher quality resulting from greater fat content. Exquisite Peruvian cacao is well suited to agroforestry systems, which have less environmental impact compared to plantations in West Africa where it is typically grown in direct sunlight with fertilisers. This has led to substantial deforestation and makes Peruvian cacao a more sustainable option.
Almost all of Peru’s cacao is grown by smallholders who rely on cacao’s weekly harvest (April – September) as their main source of income. Their crop is then sold to cooperatives who act as intermediaries; the cacao is then processed in Peru before being trucked to Lima and exported to the UK where we lovingly package it before sending it to you.