El Tuma/La Dalia and Rancho Grande counties
ORIGIN TYPE: Association what’s this? 120 members, Established 2012
Cacao Bisiesto works with many small, independent farmers in the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua. We started as an alternative for farmers who would prefer to work independently (in Nicaragua most cooperatives are politically oriented, and often politically manipulated) instead of as cooperatives, with an orientation towards the artisan chocolate movement in the US. Most interesting for the producers in very simple terms is the price they receive. Cacao Bisiesto pays farm gate prices well above any other competitor in Nicaragua, directly to the producer, upon delivery. Most interesting for chocolate makers is the care with which we ferment and dry our cacao, and the traceability we offer for each lot.
FARM SIZE: 35 total Ha
20 Ha. of Cacao
15 Ha. of Forested Conservation Area
PRODUCTION CAPACITY: 20-50 kg/year
PROJECTED PRODUCTION CAPACITY NEXT YEAR: 40-80 kg/year
VARIETALS: Native Nicaraguan Trinitario
We would like to produce an eventual 200 tons of cacao, with 80 of these tons coming from company-owned properties and 120 from outgrowers. On the company properties, we are grafting fine-flavor cacao varietals and trying to coordinate with chocolate makers to learn what they would want to work with most.
Our biggest difficulty is finding working capital to be able to expand our cacao collection ability. Collecting cacao and paying on the spot means that we need to be able to front $50,000 (or more, if we grow). We never want a producer to wait for payment, so being able to pay depends on capital, and we are in the process of growing this capital. The other hurdle is always finding more markets for our cacao. We would like to find another client or two that can take 5-10 tons currently, with the possibility to grow as we grow.
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