A very special bean this one is, it's wild, it's tiny but packs a beautiful flavour.
The earthy notes of the bean, allows for the full flavours to come to life. Buttercream, Jasmine and papaya. We've added in some Lemon Zest and home grown basil. It's the perfect blend to bring all these wild flavors together.
It's a beautiful bean, it's a limited edition, as we only received one sack of this goodness, so get it while you can. It won't be here forever.
Ingredients: organic cacao beans, Ontario maple sugar, organic cacao butter, organic lemon zest, organic home grown basil.
Itenez Wild Harvest Cacao is from the region around Baures, Bolivia, close to the Reserva Forestal Itenez and the Río Blanco. These beans represent an initiative to formalize the local cacao trade, started by Volker Lehman, Agricultural Economist and General Manager of Rainforest Exquisite Products S.A. (REPSA), in 2004. The goal was to build access to the specialty cacao market for local communities who were collecting wild cacao from the forest and to increase the quality of the harvest and post-harvest processes. These beans are rare, native Beniano cacao, gathered and processed by local collectors. All Beniano cacao feral forests are called “chocolatales” in Bolivia. According to Heirloom Cacao Preservation (HCP) genetic tests, the cacao is 97.3% Beniano Boliviano with 2.7% Upper Amazon Forastero. These beans are uniquely small in size, with flavor notes of buttercream, papaya, and jasmine.