The Belizean cacao sourced from the Toledo District shows notes of pineapple, plum and caramel.
Contains no soy, dairy or gluten.
Ingredients: organic cacao beans, organic coconut sugar, organic cacao butter.
Notes on sourcing:
Maya Mountain Cacao was founded in 2010 with the mission of improving Belizean farmer livelihoods by directly connecting small-holder farmers to the specialty chocolate industry. Within three years, Maya Mountain Cacao became the largest exporter in the country. Today, the company sources cacao from over 375 smallholder farming families, most of them Q'eqchi' and Mopan Maya.
"MMC’s main value proposition to its smallholder farmers is an innovative sourcing model that involves buying fresh cacao at the farm gate with immediate and fair compensation. Buying wet rather than fermented and dried cacao has shifted the risk of improper fermenting and drying from the farmer to us, the buyer. Besides market access and stable prices above the Fair Trade price floor, MMC provides its farmers with an array of technical assistance services aimed at improving yields, as well as pre-harvest financing.
Moreover, MMC’s price standards have pushed competitors to raise their price floors, benefiting the entire cacao farming community in the region. Increased income for farmers translates into the possibility of sending more of their numerous children to school, home improvement and further investment in their farms."