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Jesse Blenn
  • 58, Male
  • Quinta Diamante, Las Tumbas, San Jose
  • Costa Rica
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Small time cacao and fruit grower in Costa Rica

Started this discussion. Last reply by Langdon Stevenson Apr 1, 2009. 2 Replies

 

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Jesse Blenn commented on Jesse Blenn's blog post Growing and Marketing "new" cacao species?
"Hi Tao,  We are in Las Tumbas, half way between San Isidro and Dominical, then 4 km south.  If you want to talk my phone is 8372 4113.  Jesse"
Mar 3
Tao Watts commented on Jesse Blenn's blog post Growing and Marketing "new" cacao species?
"I would like to talk to you.  I use only organic beans from the Southern Zone, and would pay $2/k if you have a fine quality, properly fermented bean.  Please contact me.  Perhaps we can meet?  Where are you located?  I am…"
Feb 28
Sebastian commented on Jesse Blenn's blog post Growing and Marketing "new" cacao species?
"I considered buying land there during that same time actually - however the squatters rights made it too risky a proposition - i can't visit it every 6 months just to verify no one's now living there! It's going to be a tough road to…"
Jan 26
Jesse Blenn commented on Journey Shannon's blog post White,what!
"See my blog on "Growing and Marketing "new" cacao species?".  This year I will try chocolate made from Cupuassu, which defintely is lighter colored.  I plan to call it "chocolate rubio" or "blond…"
Jan 25
Jesse Blenn posted a blog post

Growing and Marketing "new" cacao species?

Hello Friends,Thirty years ago I planted 1200 cacao trees on our small farm near the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica (bought before the ridiculous present land prices!).  That was 1984, but some 10 years later the Monilia fungus moved in and we were losing most of the crop.  Before the monilia we were producing about 1000 kilos per year.   I was back in the US working and trying to save some money, and my "caretaker/thief" abondoned it.Returning permanently to my farm 6 years ago, I cut…See More
Jan 25
Jesse Blenn replied to Ruth Atkinson Kendrick's discussion Central America Cruise
"That is true, and though you may find an occasional tree around Puntarenas, it is doubtful there are plantations due the drier climate. Possibly you could jump ship and travel overland from Puntarenas to Cristobal, which would allow you to see some…"
Feb 6, 2010
Jesse Blenn replied to Brendan's discussion Chocolate Technique: What would you like to learn more about?
"Hello, As a small time cacao producer with about 600 trees, I would think that if you have a bean-to-bar process description you might also consider a short (very short, like one or two pages?) seed-to-bean process (planting, growing, harvesting)…"
Sep 29, 2009
Langdon Stevenson replied to Jesse Blenn's discussion Small time cacao and fruit grower in Costa Rica
"Hi Jesse Welcome to the group. I would be interested to hear any comments you have on your experience of restoring your plantation. There are a lot of abandoned trees in the South Pacific, so rehabilitation is an interesting topic for us and…"
Apr 1, 2009
Duffy Sheardown replied to Jesse Blenn's discussion Small time cacao and fruit grower in Costa Rica
"Hi Jesse, I think there will be no shortage of folks hoping to buy good-quality beans, nuts and fruit from you! Talk to Clay, see if he will market your beans. Good luck, Duffy"
Mar 31, 2009
Jesse Blenn posted a discussion

Small time cacao and fruit grower in Costa Rica

Hi new friends,This is interesting, a forum for chocolate fans. While chocolate is my favorite candy, my main interest is getting my maybe 800 or so trees which I planted in 1984 back into shape after being abandoned for some 15 years. I'm on the south Pacific side of Costa Rica, 400 meters altitude, 200 inches of rain with a jan-march dry season. I won't bore you here with the details, but feel free to ask anything you want about growing.As we know, great chocolates are often combined with…See More
Mar 31, 2009
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Dark, Milk, White?
Milk
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Making hot chocolate and brownies from trees I planted. I planted near 1200 trees in 1984, rose to 2000 lbs per year in about 5 years, then lost 20 years working in US. plus Monilia disease arrived. Now back 15 months ago to restart by cutting them - they re-sprout great! I love growing cacao, but have near 100 other fruits mixed in....
My favorite chocolate is:
I really can't say....but I will invent my own favorite.

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Growing and Marketing "new" cacao species?

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 9:31am 3 Comments

Hello Friends,

Thirty years ago I planted 1200 cacao trees on our small farm near the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica (bought before the ridiculous present land prices!).  That was 1984, but some 10 years later the Monilia fungus moved in and we were losing most of the crop.  Before the monilia we were producing about 1000 kilos per year.   I was back in the US working and trying to save some money, and my "caretaker/thief" abondoned it.

Returning permanently to my farm 6…

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