This is Yessica Maribelia Xo Caal. She is a smallholder farmer with 0.13 Hectares of cacao in the Polochic Valley of central Guatemala. In 2016, the APODIP coop, consisting of 495 smallholder farmers, including Yessica, exported Polochic cacao for the first time. The export crop was a modest one metric ton and is some of the most exceptional cacao we have experienced. Between Fresco and our friend Christine at @palettedebine we were privileged to receive all of the 2016 Polochic crop. Christine has already won an award for her work with Polochic, I’m hoping we can also do justice to these incredible beans. In Fresco style, we are releasing three limited edition Polochic recipes with different roast and conche levels for your consideration. In addition, we have a limited edition 100% Polochic bar available. If you would like a first preview of these bars, sign up for our mailing list at fresco.com. An email will be sent to you in July announcing the Polochic bundled set, available exclusively for you.
Polochic Valley of central Guatemala.