Traceability from the farm

OUR OWN OPERATIONS

Xoco Gourmet owns and operates its own farms in Central America. Our main farm in Nicaragua is designed as a modern fruit orchard with high density planting, irrigation, and spacing to allow a small tractor to move between the rows. We continuously monitor the plants, water, and soil to provide the trees with the nutrition they need. 

Partner Farmer Xoco Gourmet

PARTNER FARMERS

In Honduras, Nicaragua, and Belize we have planted Mayan Red & Tuma Yellow cacao trees with our partner farmers. We take care of the grafting and early growth of the young cacao trees before they are sold and transported to the partner farmers.We provide technical assistance to each farmer regarding planting, growing, and how to obtain a good harvest yield. When it is time for the harvest, we organize and collect the cacao beans. These sit inside a white pulp within the cacao pod. After harvesting, the pod is opened and the pulp with beans is extracted. The sugary sweet pulp is what ferments and thus indirectly ferments the beans. Upon collecting the beans in its pulp using sealed milk containers, we transport the beans to our fermentation and drying centers. Xoco conducts the fermentation, drying, and sorting of the beans.

PARTNER FARMERS

In Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala, we have planted Mayan Red & Tuma Yellow cacao trees with our partner farmers. We graft and early grow the young cacao trees before they are sold and transported to the partner farmers.

We provide technical assistance to each farmer regarding planting, growing and how to get a good harvest yield. At harvest time, we organize and collect the cacao beans. These are found in a white pulp inside the cacao pod. After the harvest, the pod is opened and the pulp with the beans is extracted. It is this sweet pulp that ferments and therefore indirectly the beans. After collecting the beans in their pulp in sealed milk containers, we transport them to our fermentation and drying centers. Xoco takes care of the fermentation, drying and sorting of the cacao beans.

Over 150 partner farmers have planted Xoco cacao varieties.

Xoco’s approach is an example for the chocolate industry:

The industry needs to up its game and become more involved in how cacao is grown. Cacao should be planted like any other fruit, for flavour and variety.