Peru: San Martin de pangoa
In 2015 we were introduced to the Pangoa Cooperative in San Martin de Pangoa, in the Upper Amazon of Peru, by Georgia-based coffee roasters Cafe Campesino. The cooperative had been producing coffee for many years, and wanted to be able to access international, craft chocolate makers like us in order to get better prices for their harvests than they are able to get on their local market. For the past two years, Xocolatl owners and co-founders Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt have been traveling to Peru to meet with these cacao farmers and support them as they improve their post-harvest process to achieve a consistent and high quality product. This year we made our first purchase of Pangoa cacao and are thrilled with the complex taste of these beans that show notes of dark fruits and tropical flowers.