The Criollo Bean

Our ‘Criollo’ cocoa bean has a distantly reddish color and a equally distinctive complex taste which can include flavors of caramel, nuts, vanilla and tobacco. Two hundred years ago ‘Criollo’ was the predominant cocoa bean. Its broad scarcity is due to lack of resistance to disease, which is why ‘Forastero’ bean, the more robust, dominates the market for cocoa beans worldwide. Today, most ‘Criollo’ trees are closer to the ‘Trinitario’ than its direct ancestors. The most important ‘Criollo’ beans are found in Venezuela. 

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Bean to Bar

The search for the finest cacao to use in Mokau Chocolatier's single-origin chocolate bars has brought us to farms in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Honduras to learn more about what happens on the ground and interact with farmers in producing areas.

We work directly with farmers and producers to find the best quality raw materials we can find. In addition, we pay high quality-based premiums that are on the order of 2-4 times the minimums required by Fair Trade organizations. By doing this we hope to foster a more sustainable future for fine cacao and the farmers who produce it. We are constantly working to bring the finest cacao in the world into our factory in order to share it with you. Please use the contact form to get in touch with us if you are a farmer or producer.