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Only 4 units left. Tranquilidad 75% Dark Chocolate -Wild Harvest. Beni Region, Bolivia

Only 4 units left. Tranquilidad 75% Dark Chocolate -Wild Harvest. Beni Region, Bolivia

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2022 Wild Harvest

All organic ingredients.

Provenance: Beni Region, Bolivia.  50 grams.

The chocolate aromas and flavors are bold and undeniably fragrant with sweet, dark vibrant fruits, some tamarind hints, raisins and a long lasting rich chocolate after taste that will leave you wanting more.

This chocolate bar is pricier than most of our bars due to the fact that they are harvested in the wild jungles of Bolivia and the logistics involved to get them all the way to the united states are not cheap! The beans themselves are tiny and therefore a lot harder to work with in order to make a great chocolate bar. The results are well worth the time. 

Ingredients in this chocolate bar: Heirloom Beniano cacao beans, organic cane sugar and cacao butter.

About the main ingredient, cacao!

PRODUCER / COLLECTORS: Tranquilidad Natural Forest Estate of around 600 hectares is owned by Volker Lehmann and his family, as private enterprise. In over 15 years Volker Lehmann increased the Wild Harvest activities all over the Beni department on areas of the size of Germany, involving hundreds of mainly indigenous families and dozens of organizations. Since 2014, after receiving the HCP recognition for Tranquilidad, production is concentrated in Tranquilidad and neighboring collection areas between the villages of Huacaraje and Baures. All cacao is fermented and sundried at Tranquilidad fermentation and drying facility.

HARVEST & PEOPLE:

Harvest time in Tranquilidad is once a year between mid December to mid February. It could vary regarding the appearance of the rainy season starting in October and ending around end of May. The amount to harvest per tree varies also from year to year. In general the amount per tree is small as well as the pods and the beans, which are half the size of cultivated cacaos varieties. The cacao trees grow tall in its natural habitat and can reach 8 – 10 meters. People harvest the lower trunk by hand and use long sticks with a wire sling to get to the fruits in the upper parts. Sometimes they climb into the tree when there are many fruits, or they get eaten by monkeys and birds.

The people like to come early in the morning, when mosquitoes are still less active, to collect in small groups or by family and make piles of pods. After 2-3 hours they sit at the piles and open the pods placing the fresh beans in bags. Once full the bags hang on poles to collect the dripping juice that people love to drink right there and to sell some in the villages. After that, between noon and early afternoon, they bring the bags by foot or on bikes to the harvest center, where they  are weighed and payed directly by weight and quality. The price is generally agreed at the start of the harvest and varies if there are more or less to pick. People are free to sell to the best offer or take home.

The beans go then straight into special designed wooden fermentation boxes. The post harvest protocol was developed in 2003 and is mainly adapted to the size of the beans including slow sun drying.

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