* Silver medal, International Chocolate Awards 2018 *
A dark chocolate cake with elegant notes of rose, lychee fruit and freshly ground black pepper.
All Svenska Kakao chocolate is made bean to bar in their factory in Österlen. They select the cocoa with great care for both taste and nature. They always pay significantly more than fair-trade price for their cocoa, and it is always sustainably grown. You can even find their sourcing reports on their website, and we think that's really good!
Ucayali region, Peru.
Ucayali River cacao (URC) is located near Pucallpa in the Amazonian part of Peru. Beans are bought from several farming communities in the Pucallpa and Tingo Maria areas and then transported to a central fermentation and processing station. Most local farmers have 1-2 hectares of cacao trees, but a few farms are as large as 5-6 hectares.
The beans are mainly a blend between the local variety Comun and four other Trinitario clones. With a high natural pulp content they are pre-drained before fermentation. Only fresh cacao opened the morning of pick-up is sourced and loaded into fermentation boxes by nightfall.
URC works together with USAID and Allianza Cacao Peru to give farmers a way out from the Coca industry. URC buys wet beans and pays an additional ten percent premium for an equivalent amount of dry weight cacao. The farmers get a higher pay for less work which has made URC into a popular partner.
Svenska Kakao began working with URC in late 2017 and the beans are bought directly from origin. Light and floral notes dominate with a hint of spice and wood to the finish. A truly elegant bean.
Local variety Comun and Trinitario clones.
Cocoa beans, sugar
May contain traces of milk