Please note that the below prices are subject to final confirmation and basis in-store Amsterdam. The minimum cost of loading including one pallet is 100 EUR. Therefore we advise you to buy a minimum of 8 bags (max. per pallet). We are happy to organise transport to your warehouse if you choose so in your order.

Costa Rica Nahua Maleku

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Product Details

Region and Country

San Carlos Plain, Northern Region of Costa Rica

Story

Maleku cacao is named after the indigenous people who still inhabit the area. Maleku folkore tells tales of the Caracche, small, one-meter high beings who inhabit the forest and who stand on top of one another to reach fruits from the trees, including cacao pods.
Nahua sources cocoa beans from select smallholder farmers in communities throughout the region. Through its Cacao Renovation Program, the company provides access to financing, technical training and social development programs to the participating farmers. The Program also focuses on preserving the environment by promoting sustainable farming practices, reforestation and the conservation of natural ecosystems.

Harvest

Main Crop: July – February; Mid-crop: March – June

Genetics

Some of the farmers grow Trinitario hybrids that have been passed on for generations. Other farmers have introduced new Trinitarios hybrids and CATIE clones.

Post Harvesting Process

The beans are collected fresh and are centrally fermented and dried. Fermentation takes place in tiered wooden boxes and moved every two days from one box to another. The process lasts a total of 5 to 6 days, depending on the weather conditions and on the proportion of clones in the mix. Drying takes place on wooden beds inside solar tunnels.

Flavour

Maleku cocoa beans are characterized by a multi-layerd character, with medium bitterness and acidity. Notes of caramel and yellow fruit accompanied by subtler earthy and coffee notes.

Specifications

Net weight50 kg
Continent

Central America & The Caribean

Country

Costa Rica

Region

San Carlos Plain

Packaging

500gr Sample, 50kg Bags

Centrally fermented

Yes

Cocoa type

Collected