Bean to Bar
Madagascar 70% -Akesson's Organic - Sambirano Valley
This is one heck of a bar! The notes are powerful and flavorful. This is bursting with red fruits, it's smooth and a fan favorite.
Organic Ingredients: Sambirano Valley-Akessons beans, coconut nectar, Peru cacao butter
Tasting Notes: Cherry and raisins, very milky with little acetic/bitter flavour
Bejofo Estate is an organic cacao orchard that makes up one part of the 2000-hectare Akesson Estate in northwest Madagascar’s Sambirano valley. Akesson’s Estate is divided into four smaller estates--Madirofolo, Menavava, Bejofo, and Ambolikapik. It is managed by Bertil Akesson, who has specialized in growing ﬁne cocoa, pepper, and other spices for many years. Bejofo Estate produces 300 tons of cocoa a year. Bertil also sells chocolate made out of his own cocoa under the “Akesson’s Organic” brand, which is sold throughout the world.
Cacao was introduced to Madagascar by French colonialists in the 19th century. They ﬁrst planted Criollo, some of which is still around today. However, the majority of today’s crops in Madagascar are considered Trinitario. The country produces nearly 3000 tons of beans a year. Most of the trees are concentrated in the Sambirano Valley in the northwest, where soil and climate are ideal for growing high quality cacao.