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    FARM

    Akesson’s Organic Estate, Ambanja, Sambirano Valley

    FARMER

    Bertil Akesson

    BEAN TYPE

    Forestero and Trinitario from Bejofo

    Criollo (Heirloom Cacao Preservation Accredited)

    ACCREDITATION

    Certified Organic - Ecocert and NOP

    TERROIR

    This 2300 hectare family estate, close to Ambanja in the Sambirano Valley, has produced world-famous aromatic cocoa since 1920. Bertil Akesson also farms vanilla and spices including pepper, which provides shade for the cacao trees. We buy from two different regions of this large estate – a combination of Forastero and Trinitario from the Bejofo Area and some of Bertil’s small crop of Criollo beans recently awarded HCP status. Tasting these two beans side by side is a fascinating exploration of the role of varietal in flavour expression.

    BEAN CHARACTER

    The two beans we buy from Bertil share some characteristics; both distinctly fruity, but whereas the Bejofo-originating Forastero/Trinitario beans have a vivacious lime and tropical fruit character, the Criollo beans are lighter in colour but reveal a sweeter, more red berry flavour.

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