The Mata Atlântica, a subtropical form of vegetation, extends along the east coast of Brazil, similar to the more well-known tropical Amazon rainforest from the north. There, biodiversity is one of the highest in the world. The Mata Atlantica not only covers the narrow coastal plains, but also the steep slopes of the Brazilian highlands in particular, resulting in large differences in vegetation and wildlife.
Here we find the organic certified Fazenda Vera Cruz. It produces a blend of Forastero and Trinitario cocoa called Cacao da Bahia. To this day, their area is cultivated using traditional methods. In contrast to monocultural management, cocoa thrives as part of the natural flora and fauna. This cultivation method is called Cabruca in Bahia. In addition to cocoa, açaí palms, pupunha, vanilla, pepper, cloves and guarana also grow here. In addition, the fazendas must have around 20% land reserves.
Origin chocolate maker: Zurich, Switzerland
Cocoa type: Cacao Superior da Bahia
Single Origin Cocoa Beans: Vera Cruz Fazenda, Brazil
Flavors: Fruity, fresh and lively, raisin note, slightly tart
Ingredients: Cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter (organically grown)
May contain traces of milk and nuts.