Criollo Cacao: The Best in the World?
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Theobroma cacao: the foundation of all chocolate and definitely something we're more than a little crazy about around here. After-all, it's one of nature's most incredible superfoods bursting with antioxidants and flavonols, critical trace minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium, and mood-enhancing, endorphin-boosting chemicals that help us feel happy, energized, and downright blissful. However, not all cacao is created equal...
There are actually 3 main varieties that are used commercially: Trinitario, Forestero, and the more rare, highly prized Criollo variety. While Trinitario and Foresto have been heavily hybridized for commercial production, Criollo more closely resembles the ancient cacao consumed by native cultures in Mexico and Central America such as the Mayans and Aztecs. You may have guessed, we use the best: 100% fairly traded and certified organic Criollo cacao collected from small farms cooperatives across Peru. Criollo is knows for its incredibly diverse flavor profile, which is prized by chocolate connoisseurs: aromatic and fruity with hints of caramel, nuts and vanilla.
If you're looking for a truly authentic raw chocolate experience, chocolate that's made from the absolute best cacao beans this earth has to offer, please check out our Rawmio range, and see for yourself why the obsession is real.
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