Hacienda Limon, Los Rios Province, Ecuador
Samuel von Rutte
The Guayas Basin, where the Hacienda Limon Farm is locasted, is one of the most fertile areas along the Pacific coast. The abundant water resources and volcanic soils, rich in minerals and organic matter, make for perfect cocoa growing conditions.
The trees at Hacienda Limon are unique in that Samuel von Rutte sources eh genetic stock from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Genback dating back to the 1950s.
Upon harvest, the beans are pre-dried before fermentation which significantly affects the process and reduces both the acidity and the bitterness. The resulting beans are rich in caramel and nutty flavour.