Ucayali River Cacao Company works with cocoa farmers along the Ucayali River outside of the Peruvian city of Pucallpa. The region has historically been aﬄicted with unrest from narco-traﬃcking and the presence of the Shining Path militant group. Ucayali River Cacao in partnership with USAID and Alianza Peru, gave local farmers access to an alternative market besides cocaine.
Working with around 400 smallholder farmers who own one to three hectares of land each, Ucayali River Cacao buys wet cacao at a premium price, empowering farmers with higher income. With the help of Daniel O’Doherty of Cacao Services, they have developed sophisticated fermenting and drying processes, producing beautiful beans that have complex, nuanced flavour without the bitterness and astringency.Our preparation highlights the fruity and floral honey notes of these Cocoa of Excellence award-winning beans.