Maleku Dark 70%
A bar with an incredible story, made to showcase the irresistible flavour of these Costa Rican cocoa beans.
In the early 1980s, Costa Rica’s cacao was devastated by the fungus “Monilia,” which spread throughout the country’s huge cacao fields, killing tens of thousands of hectares of cacao crop.
While Costa Rica’s cacao industry has never quite recovered, there have been plenty of efforts made thanks to cacao producers like Nahua Cacao. They are dedicated to not just providing the greatest quality post-harvest services, but also to improving the lives of smallholder farmers via training, assistance, and community participation, as well as encouraging sustainable farming techniques, reforestation, and conservation.
Rich cocoa flavours with notes of coffee, fig and caramelised banana
Cocoa beans, unrefined raw sugar. 70g
An Ancient Legend of the Maleku People…
Once, a Maleku tribe member sowed some cocoa seeds, not knowing what they were or what would grow.
Over time, the tribe member watched strange fruits growing on the trees and patiently waited for them to ripen.
When he returned to pick the ripe cocoa pods, the fruits had mysteriously disappeared.
The next time the fruits grew and ripened, the tribe member hid and waited.
To his amazement, small people, scarcely one-foot high, arrived at the foot of one of the trees.
As they could not reach the fruits, they climbed onto each other, standing on one another’s shoulders.
When the “caracche” spotted the tribe member watching them, they fell down and ran away.