MEXICO - Soconusco Chantuto OrganicBack to overview
Soconusco in southern Mexico is the birthplace of the “cacao real”, the royal cacao, consumed by the Aztec kings and priests. Organic cacao from Soconusco has a balanced acidity, full body profile and distinct flavours of dried fruits, nuts and several spices.
Over centuries, Criollo cacao varieties are grown by Soconusco Indians, who used the precious cacao fruit in ceromonies and ritual beverages. However, from the 19th centry, cacao-forest systems have been replaced by monocutlure plantation of mais, banana, coffee and cotton. Since 2007 we join forces to promote Chantuto cacao, grown in resilient and sustainable family agroforestry. This exceptional cacao received several international prices.
Chiapas, Soconusco region, Tapachula ,
The price for this cacao reaches minimum two times the world market price, and contributes substantially to the increase of family income
Local added value and employment is created by producing finished and semi-finished products, such as chocolates, cacao powder and butter, for the domestic market. Youngsters are highly engaged in this process.
Cacao grows under forest and in sustainable agroforestry system, intercropped with mandarines, oranges, coffee and other crops