Supply Information: Fiji
Cacao Fiji sources cacoa from The Matasawalevu Cocoa Farm. The beans are then exported and imported by Albrecht & Dill
We pay $10,500 per metric ton of Fiji, Vanua Levu Cacao
One of the most exciting things about being a chocolate maker is searching for new and exciting cacao origins. With 1% or less of the cacao grown world wide considered “fine” or “flavor grade,” the probability of coming across something exceptional is very rare. We look at lots of samples throughout the year and most don’t make the cut. The cacao in this bar is a standout above the rest. From the deep south pacific country of Fiji comes a very subtle and delicate cacao that we are featuring as the next origin in our Limited Release line. The Matasawalevu Estate was once a large and prosperous 400 acre estate. Due to the collapse of the cacao market in Fiji, fueled by political unrest, the estate now only farms a meager 100 acres of cacao. While this number is growing, the output currently is very small. Hopefully we will see more and more of this fantastic cacao on the market in the future, but for now, we purchased just enough to make one batch. At 80%, this is the darkest bar in our lineup, but it allows us to best express the subtle complexity of this exotic cacao from Vanua Levu Island. We hope you enjoy this rare and unique bar.