Upon receiving genetic testing from the USDA and subsequent heirloom certification from the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative (HCP), it was also discovered that these beans are 97.3% pure Beniano, making them the most genetically pure beans ever tested for HCP’s certification program. Not only that, but Beniano is an extremely rare varietal that up until recently was completely unknown and absent from cacao gene banks.
The story of how this cacao was discovered and developed by the farmer Volker Lehmann is what legends are made of. His dreams and endeavors are worthy of support. In purchasing Tranquilidad chocolate, you are directly supporting the pioneering efforts of a man dedicated to the preservation of true wild cacao.