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Jeff Stern's Blog Posts Tagged 'cacao' (3)

Life Between Cacao Harvests

In Ecuador, cocoa harvesting takes place two times per year. Harvests runs between February and April, and then again begin again between August and October. This dual harvest system means that cocoa plantations are often busy, as are chocolate makers. However, there are still seasons of the year when the cacao farms are between harvests and things are a bit slower. This naturally begs the question of what to do in the off season for chocolate?

One of the things we always recommend to…

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Added by Jeff Stern on August 1, 2011 at 1:21pm — No Comments

"Fine or Flavor" Cacao versus Bulk Cacao

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Added by Jeff Stern on July 25, 2011 at 5:20pm — 8 Comments

Ecuador's Super Cacao

One of the interesting programs going on here involves what growers and organizations are calling "super cacao." Turns out that on most if not all cocoa farms, there always happens to be a few trees that have superior yields and greater disease resistance than all the rest.

 

At first, I had no idea what people were talking about-shortly thereafter, I realized that I knew the two North American landowners who were actually pioneering this effort. They began by identifying and…

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Added by Jeff Stern on March 28, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

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