Goodnow Farms sources these beans from farmer Vicente Caçep, whose family has been growing cacao on his Hacienda Jesus Maria farm in Tabasco, Mexico for over 80 years.
Despite having a 77% cacao content this bar is very light in color, which is due to the fact that the beans are white as opposed to the standard purple. This is how the bean gets its name – Almendra Blanca literally means “white almond.” People often assume white beans are Criollo beans, but that’s not usually the case. The white color is simple one of the many genetic variations which occur in all beans.
Monica first discovered Vicente’s farm on one of her sourcing trips to Mexico, and was impressed by the quality of his beans and his entire operation. He runs his own nursery to cultivate cacao trees which produce these unique white beans, and also does all of his own fermentation and drying. He wasn’t exporting beans to the United States so we worked with him to arrange transportation to our farm. Each year Goodnow sends a truck to his farm to pick up the beans he sets aside for us, and Goodnow manages the entire customs and import process. Although it’s a complicated and time consuming it’s worth it for these unique and flavorful beans!
This bar is crafted with freshly pressed Almendra Blanca cocoa butter for intense single origin flavor and exceptional smoothness. We’re one of the only chocolate makers in the country to press our own cocoa butter, and it makes a world of difference in flavor.