Our growers and their plantations
These regions are known as the "Cocoa Belt".
Our 8 bean origins are found in small plantations with unique and traditional expertise.
The Maison maintains close relationships with each plantation to ensure the longevity of their partnership and guarantee beans of unrivaled 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.
Commitment to sustainable chocolate
These plantations, alongside the Maison, are pledging to respect three fundamental ethical criteria in order to protect the planet and its people.