With the decline of the Rubber Cycle in Brazil, which took place in the early 1990s, cocoa collection emerged as a survival alternative for 50 families of the Associação Amopecema, who inhabited the Amapá, Santa Ana, Tabatinga and Canamari rubber plantations, within the Choco Mendes extractive reserve, in the municipality of Sena Madureira, State of Acre. Cocoa is harvested along the Iaco River where, with the help of ICMBio and the NGO SOS Amazônia, two processing centers were built and qualification and technical assistance were provided for their management. In addition to cocoa, these families live from the cultivation of beach beans, tobacco, bananas and flour production, in addition to raising chicken, pigs and livestock. Cocoa extraction plays an important role in keeping the Forest standing.
FLAVOR NOTES: Light chocolate, low acidity that can be felt at the end of the tasting, caramel notes, buttery texture.
Also featured in our blog: The Story of Iaco River Cacao