Organic Criollo with unique, complex flavors.Single Variety Cocoa - guaranteed by grafting.
The cut test of our three “Betulias” reveals a unique quality:
B8 and B9 beans are ALL 100% white. This is a very rare characteristic – Criollo usually shows a purple/lilac color at 20-30% of the beans. B6 includes a few purple beans, but most are also shining with bright color.
The cut test also displays the good fermentation level of all beans.
Criollo – A Rare Jewel.
The cacao Criollo tree is native to South America. Only 5% of the world’s production is Criollo. High quality Criollo is even more rare.
Criollos are particularly difficult to grow. Trees are vulnerable to a variety of environmental threats and typical cacao deseases. Criollo yields are low – compared to more robust varieties.
High-quality Criollo beans have a white to porcelain colour and are considered to have a richer aroma of different flavors, than that of other varieties. Their taste is often described as exquisite and delicate with a complex mix of sub-flavors. Sometimes low in classic chocolate flavor, but rich in secondary notes of long duration. Considered to be the “prince of cacaos,” Criollo is used as main ingredient in the very finest of chocolates.
Extremely Low Cadmium and Lead
To meet the strict regulations of the EU, regarding maximum levels of heavy metal in chocolate productions, which will enter into force in 2019, scientific analyses of the resulting beans took place. The results are more than satisfying: Criollo Betulia does not suffer from the incrimination of heavy metals, especially Cadmium and Lead, like other cacao sorts (measurement results are available on request).
Thanks to a carefully selected plantation area and controlled environment, traces of Cadmium and Lead fall far below the strict limits of the EU regulations.