Ecuadorian chocolatiers making inroads internationally and in the United States include:
Lifting the Curtain on Hoja Verde Dark Chocolate, Fino Arriba, Ecuador.
A new arrival. dark, organic, mysterious, fair trade, premium cacao, Hoja Verde Dark Chocolate.
Hoja Verde is an Ecuadorian family owned company, established in 1997,founded as a producer of high quality Fair Trade certified roses . In 2008, they qualified as the first Ecuadorian “Processor -Exporter” of Fair Trade single origin, natural, premium Dark Chocolate.
Hoja Verde was established by a French family who immigrated to Ecuador. This small-but-beautiful South American nation, possesses an abundance of love, passion and quality of life … perfect to formulate Chocolate – especially from the highest quality cacao bean from Ecuador. The “Arriba”
cacao has captivated chocolate connoisseurs with its depth of flavour and its unequalled aroma. Sweetness comes naturally.
From Bean to Bar: Hoja Verde Dark Chocolate is made from only premium cacao beans grown by farmers in the tropical lowlands of Ecuador (foothills of the Andes mountains), one of the planet’s most biologically-diverse countries. These cacao beans are produced in small shaded plantations, thriving in the shadows of the rainforest’s green leaves at farms implementing the conservation of natural resources standards.
People and Environment: Shade-grown cacao farms, which border secondary rainforest, benefit from a wealth of nearby pollinators and agro-ecological conditions, which obviates the use of chemicals. Farmers cultivate their cacao beneath valuable rainforest trees, while also intermingling with a wealth of other crops, such as plantains, yucca, papaya, guava or lime, alongside their cacao. In the long term, this is better for both the farmer and the environment.
Our Cacao Fino Arriba: All the cacao beans come from this one rich region – called Arriba, which is a special type of cacao . The scientific name of this dark chocolate bean is called “Fino Arriba”. This cacao is exclusively found in Ecuador’s tropical rainforest. In fact, Ecuadorian cacao has long been recognized as one of the finest in the world.
Hoja Verde produces this high quality dark chocolate with 100% certified cacao beans. Hoja Verde chocolate presents special fine and aromatic flavors, Arriba floral and citrus notes, balanced fruity taste and a robust cacao flavor. This will make a lasting impression on any loved-one.
Health Benefits Facts: It’s more than wishful thinking — dark chocolate IS good for you.
Hoja Verde Dark Chocolate ( http://www.hojaverdedarkchocolate.com : ) is an Arriba dark chocolate that is USDA Organic certified, supporting dozens of small farmers, their families and the surrounding environment in the Andes foothills of Ecuador.