Thought to be extinct for the last century, this bean was rediscovered growing in the foothills of the Andes at twice the usual altitude that cacao trees typically enjoy. Undisturbed for more than a hundred years, this heirloom cacao displays a natural mutation that turns many of the beans white in colour and offers remarkable depth of flavour and low bitterness. We buy directly from Marañón and share their ethical standards. Great news - they have already sold out of this year's harvest. If you want to try some fermented, sundried, unroasted Marañón beans, you came to the right place!
Beans - Maranon - Pure Nacional - Fortunato No.4 - 5kg
Harvest day on Don Fortunato’s farm is special, since this is the site of the Mother Tree. This tree possesses DNA identical to the genetic marker for Pure Nacional found in the 5,300 entry, world genetic database. Don Fortunato and his wife participate in the harvest and, utilizing machetes, open pods and assist in removing the beans. Sealed buckets with wet cacao beans are transported on Fortunato’s burro from the farm, to the family home, weighed on a digital scale and Don Fortunato is paid immediately before the fermentation process begins that same day.