Ucayali River 73% Cacao
2017 Harvest Peru

Fresh cacao is collected in clean rice sacks from numerous communities in the Pucallpa and Tingo Maria areas, and transported to a central processing center that is owned and operated by Ucayali River Cacao. The cacao from these two areas is fermented separately then blended after drying and grading to create the balanced profile of Ucayali River Cacao.

These regions have an Amazonian climate with heavy rainfall throughout the year with a short dry season from May through August, but there is little variation in average temperatures. Tingo Maria is a higher elevation region (~2000’ ASL) than Pucallpa (~500’ ASL) and has a cooler, misty climate. Farms in Tingo Maria are in the hills bordering the Huallaga River. The flatter terrain in the Pucallpa area is along the banks of the Aguaytia and Ucayali Rivers. All of three of these rivers are tributaries to the Amazon and are known to have wild stands of cacao trees. These trees bare the highest quality fruit from April to August. Fresh cacao picked in the morning is loaded into fermentation boxes by nightfall.

Tasting Notes

A delicate cacao base with very mild fruit and floral notes of spice and light wood. Very low bitterness and astringency and an overall soft and delicate profile.

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Kajkab’s approach to creating chocolate is very similar to the process of making wine. They only use natural ingredients with no fillers (such as cacao butter, artificial flavors, synthetic emulsifiers, etc.) to let each variety show its unique character. Single origin chocolate is chocolate that’s made from one variety of cacao harvested in one region.

Why does this matter? Cacao is a plant. Like other plants, its beans take on the characteristics of the region where it’s grown—its terroir. Many terms used to describe single origin chocolate will be familiar to wine lovers—earthy, floral, herbal and berry, to name a few. When cacao is blended, the effect of terroir is lost, just like wines.

All of Kajkab’s single-origin tasting palettes are hand crafted in small batches with just two ingredients: cacao beans and organic sugar. No added cocoa butter, lecithin, or vanilla.

Additional information

Weight .125 lbs
Dimensions 2.5 × 2 in


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