Region: Single estate in Alta Verapaz province
Type: Trinitarios, amelonados local criollo (to be planted in 2020)
Genetics: CATIE R1, R4, R6, PMCT 58, ICS 95, FHIA 706, FHIA 707, CAP 34, Chimelb 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Certifications: UTZ/Rainforest Alliance, Gold Standard
AROMA: This cocoa has a moderate acetic sourness, apple and fresh wood, as well as a milky aroma.
TOASTED AROMA: It’s has a marked fruity aroma such as mango, kiwi and banana. It presents a delicate aroma of fresh herbs, milk and caramel, and an acetic and citric pleasant sourness.
SPECIAL FLAVORS: It has a strong fruity taste (acid fruits), with flavors of some dry nuts like peanuts. Caramel and molasses in the beginning. It has a distinct and nice citric and acetic taste with a chocolate taste at the end.
Harvest and Post-harvest
May to July; November to January (Main harvest)
Chimelb currently has it’s own post-harvest facilities which will be modernized and expanded to process the cacao produced in the farm.
12Tree will determine standard fermentation and drying protocols for each clone according to customers' request. This is a great time for you to contact us and let us know your preferences.
Percentage of fermentation can be adjusted to client’s needs (normal protocol 80%).
Anaerobic fermentation + aerobic fermentation
We will use a mechanical dryer with controlled air flow and temperature.
Moisture content can be adjusted to client’s needs (usually 6-7%). Our drying protocols will be carefully developed to ensure that off-flavours are not developed.
Slow drying during the first 5 days.
Total drying process can take from 5 up to 8 days (depending on the weather).
Chimelb currently has about 200 hectares of cacao that will expand to a 600-Ha fine-flavored cacao plantation. Chimelb’s cocoa is planted in association with rubber trees and other native leguminous trees in an agroforestry system. In the right density, the trees provide the perfect shade to the cacao without competing for nutrients and allowing a diversified production. Incorporating different crops and preserving natural forests, this farm achieves a well-balanced agro-ecosystem.