INDIA - Idukki OrganicBack to overview
In Southern India, the green hills of the Idukki region, famous for its fragrants spices, offer excellent conditions for growing cacao. Abundance in rainfall and sunshine result in cacao beans with a chocolaty aroma, smooth and creamy texture, and rich flavour diversity of spices, raisins and tobacco.
The Idukki region with its unique soil, topographical and weather conditions is known as the spice garden of Kerala. It is only since the arrival of Ellen & Luca in 2016, that cacao started to reach the fine flavour market. Thanks to their solid commitment on quality and social impact, farmers learned how to produce specialty cacao and receive premium prices for their beans, allowing to invest in their future.
Premium prices are paid at farm gate for carefully harvested fresh and ripe cocoa beans
Cacao trees grow in rich agroforestry systems, intercropped with various spices such as black pepper, nutmeg and cardamom, and fruit trees like coconut, papaya, mango, jack fruit, passion fruit and banana