The cacao region “Sur del Lago” is found in Venezuela, near lake Maracaibo. In the hills at the base of the Andes lies an area of approximately 5‘000 ha, which is used to cultivate cacao trees. There are no cooperatives in Venezuela. This is the reason why Felchlin Switzerland works together with the family Franceschi. They have been active cacao farmers for generations and possess their own cultures. In addition, they handle in premium quality cacao, including controlling the quality and the drying process before shipping the cacao beans to Europe.
Main harvest: December – March
The harmonious combination of coffee and plum aromas enhances the distinct cacao flavour. The traditional, gentle processing method unfolds the aromas of orange blossom and cinnamon. These lend a festive character to Maracaibo Clasificado 65 %, which is further enhanced by the final sensation of a light, sweet raisin bouquet.