Associación Artesanal Eco-Cacao

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ORIGIN TYPE: Association what’s this? 80 members, Established 2005

Cacao from this origin grows on the Northwest coast of Ecuador near the town of Esmeraldas about 50 meters above sea level. The region is a lush and tropical with ample rain and sun. Native varietals of cacao are shade grown and intermixed with high species diversity which helps add a positive impact to flavor. The flavor profile is a fruity and floral blend complexing to a very bright tasting bean. The majority of this cacao has been in this area for over 60 years. Many of the farmers and producers have been working this land and with each other for decades, thus long-standing relationships built on trust. The Association includes several cooperatives and within a cooperative is a regenerative farming group that won the Fruit and Flowers taste profile award for all Ecuadorian Cacao.

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Gregory Landua

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Created this page: Mar 25, 2015

Last updated: 10 months ago

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Cholaca Wafers

Fair Trade, Organic US

Stored in Wisconsin, United States

Quantity Available: 200 kg

- Single Origin from Peru - 100% Pure Cacao Liquor - Organic And Fair Trade Certified - The better the cacao, the better the chocolate Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Certified Cacao Liquor Sourced directly from farmer-owned co-ops, Cholaca cacao is the gold standard when it comes to creating the finest chocolate in your kitchen. It melts easily for recipes or can be simply blended into smoothies for all the health benefits cacao provides. Our farmers’ regenerative farming methods create healthier plants without the use of pesticides or destructive, industrial farm practices. What you get is the aroma and the taste. What we all get is a better planet.

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Fair Trade, Organic US

Stored at origin

Quantity Available: 25 metric tons

These beans are what the market commonly refers to as “Cacao Nacional, Arriba, Fino de Aroma”. The genetics of the cacao are in the complex of cacao varietals known loosely as “Nacional” with EET 95, 103, 105 being the most strongly represented recent arrivals to the heirloom mixture on the older cacao plantations. Floral and Nutty. This cacao tends to be bright and floral at the outset with a subtle nutty finish that many bar makers love. It is quite easy to work with. Off notes are non-existent due to extremely high quality post harvest processing.

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FARM SIZE: 700 total Ha

500 Ha. of Cacao

200 Ha. of Forested Conservation Area

PRODUCTION CAPACITY: 140-160 tons/year

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CERTIFICATIONS: Fair Trade, Organic US


OTHER CROPS: Tropical Fruit, Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric, Coffee


The Association has a long-term vision of ecological, social and cultural regeneration. The aims of regenerative farming include creation of local food security and conservation of biodiversity. Regenerative practices include seed saving, heirloom cacao propagation from endemic cacao varieties from that region and integration with permaculture design so farms are not economically reliant on a single cash crop. Individual coops and farms within the association are each doing amazing work towards supporting individual social and economic goals of each. Iterative quality improvement is fundamental to the goals and vision as well.


It is challenging to receive a premium price or what would be considered a fair market value for the level of product differentiation in terms of quality, type of varietal and environmental and social impact. For example, regenerative design and agro-ecological practices produce a lot of ecosystem service functions. Currently it is difficult for these common ecological and environmental benefits to be truly valued and rewarded. Thus, the extra effort in maintaining the high level of quality, purity and ecological biodiversity is not adequately incentivized for long-term success.

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