Ten years ago, a couple of visitors to Peru discovered cacao trees growing in a canyon on the Marañón River of Peru on small farms. The beans in the pods were 40% white, which was unusual.
When leaf samples were sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture genetics lab for testing, the results revealed that the beans were Pure Nacional, thought to have been wiped out by disease in Ecuador between 1916-1919. These 40% white bean Pure Nacional cacao trees grow no where else in the world; they are truly the world's rarest cacao.
The 486 farmers who grow these beans are paid a premium of 50% above the market price, in cash on the day of harvest. We think that is pretty awesome.
We fell in love with this chocolate equally for its unique, delicious flavor and its incredible story, and are happy to share both with you.