Washington, D.C.

Beginning in 1989, a disease called Witch’s Broom devastated Brazil’s cacao plantations, causing Brazil to become a net importer of cacao. Despite signs of recovery, most of Brazil’s cacao exports have been commercial strains not of interest to chocolate geeks.

Harper Macaw sought to change that by trading directly with single plantations in Brazil’s Atlantic and Amazon rainforests, offering an exploration of varied terroir within this once and again great cacao-producing nation.