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For a country that sits on the famed cacao belt, the Philippines has had very little to contribute to the world of fine-flavor chocolate. For years its cacao remained a commodity, the dearth in knowledge and technology preventing it from being elevated into the ranks of the world’s best.
The Puentespina family of Malagos Agri-Ventures knew that the cacao grown in this part of Mindanao island in the Philippines is of such quality that it could become one of the best in the world; that is, if it was processed correctly.
Led by matriarch Charita P. Puentespina, the family sought the help of experts and raised capital to invest in equipment to make tree-to-bar, single-origin premium chocolates. The family also decided that for the venture to become sustainable, it was important to teach local cacao farmers and engage only in fair practices.
Today, the farm’s Malagos Chocolate has earned the greatest number of international recognitions for Philippine chocolate. The farm has been designated a producer of Heirloom Cacao, one of only 16 farms to be named as such, and its beans have been named one of the top 50 cacao beans in the world.
Click here for more details on the farm's Heirloom cacao.