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 high percentage of cacao provides Maracaibo 88% with an intensive flavour experience. The strong cacao taste is pleasantly supplemented through a licorice note which then transfers into a roasted coffee flavour rounded by a hint of prune. A black tea note accompanies the slow and intensive finish.