Origin: Mexico - Tabasco
Type: Forastero - Amelonado
Certifications: Direct Trade
Harvest Year: 2018
The aroma starts off with tangy blackberry and a hint of slightly pungent pepper. There is a clarity of flavor with each component seeming to shine own its own. The tang of lime, the clean bitterness of hops, toasted pecans and a good chocolate flavor wrapping it all up.
The entire flavor profile is relatively mild and approachable and gives yet another dimension to the variety of flavors that can come out of one country, or even one region. There is a date sweetness that adds a bit of liveliness to the whole experience.
This origin comes from Comalcalco (also a municipality of the Chontalpa region). This coop also belongs to the same program of the University of Chiapas with the aim of rescuing heirloom varieties. The coop is so new that it does not even have a name yet. This is their their first lot ever. The members (around 90) are mostly old and motivated people assisted by an engineer of the University of Chiapas looking for a way to escape the buyers of Nestlé, Hershey’s or Barry.
This cacao can undoubtedly be described as forastero. Pods are smaller, “rounder” and with a smoother skin. They also call them “calabacillos” or “amelonados” (melon shaped). The beans are deep purple when fresh (due to the high tannin content).