Our growers and their plantations
The Maison maintains close relationships with each plantation to ensure the longevity of their partnership and guarantee beans of an unrivalled quality.
The four principal cocoa bean varieties
Criollo: Native to Venezuela, these were the first cocoa beans to be discovered by the ancient Olmec civilisation and were later introduced to Mexico and Guatemala. The rarest and most precious variety, the Criollo represents less than 3% of global cocoa production.
Forastero: Native to Brasil, the home of cocoa. Colonists named this variety “foreigner” in Spanish.
Trinitario: Originating in Trinidad and the result of human intervention. In the 17th century, the Forastero variety was introduced into the area and formed a hybrid with the indigenous Criollo.
Nacional: Unique to Ecuador.
Jhoana Verhook, Venezuela
Plantation: Hacienda Chuao
Variety: Criollo Primitif Chuao
The Criollo Chuao is the rarest cocoa variety in the world! The Hacienda Chuao plantation is unique and can only be accessed by the sea.
Work is carried out using methods that are over 400 years old.