Discover the Finest Single Estate Sur de Lago Raw Cacao Paste

Indulge in the rich flavour and unique profile of our high-grade, fine flavour, fully traceable and single estate Sur de Lago cacao paste made from rare Criollo cacao beans.

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Health Benefits of Cacao

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Calcium

Raw cacao boasts a higher calcium content than cow’s milk, with 160mg per 100g compared to only 125mg per 100ml of milk.

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Magnesium

Cacao is one of the richest plant-based sources of magnesium. Magnesium is crucial for a healthy heart and plays a key role in converting glucose into energy, ensuring your brain operates with exceptional clarity and focus.

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Iron

Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron that you can find. Cacao provides 13.9 mg per 100g. This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5mg.

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Antioxidants

Raw cacao contains more than 40 times the antioxidants found in blueberries. With an impressive ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g compared to blueberries' 2,400, cacao is a true antioxidant powerhouse.

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Anti-Depressant

Cacao is an excellent source of four scientifically proven mood-enhancing chemicals: serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine, and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are linked to feelings of well-being and happiness and can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

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Reduce 'bad' Cholesterol

The flavonoid theobromine (which is found in cacao) has been shown to reduce levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels, whilst increasing ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with increased rates of heart disease.

Location

Where does our Cacao come from?

Nestled in the verdant expanses surrounding the southern shores of Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, lies a sprawling territory of 18,440 km² that stands as a cornerstone of agricultural prowess within the states of Táchira, Mérida, Zulia, and Trujillo known as Sur del Lago. This region plays a pivotal role in the nation's cacao industry, contributing over 35% of the country's production.

Beyond its significant production capabilities, Sur del Lago is renowned as a sanctuary of genetic diversity for criollo cacao. This unique genetic richness endows our cacao with an unparalleled spectrum of aromas and flavours, setting the stage for an extraordinary chocolate experience that is as rare as it is enchanting. Our commitment to high-grade, fully traceable cacao invites you to embark on a journey of taste that is deeply rooted in the heritage and biodiversity of Sur del Lago.

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Tasting Notes & Vintage

2nd Harvest 2023

The 2nd harvest cacao from 2023 boasts moderate roasted cocoa notes, seamlessly blending into a rich nutty profile highlighted by distinct walnut and hazelnut flavours.

On the finish, it unfurls layers of wood, caramel, brown sugar, and malt—hallmarks of ancestral criollo cacao. This concise palette invites a sophisticated exploration of its complex heritage, crafting a memorable tasting experience.

Quality Assurance

Our cacao is meticulously tested to meet the highest standards of quality and purity. Every batch is registered with quality control at each stage of the process along with certification of its origin and quality.

Sustainable Source

The single estate farm our cacao comes from uses sustainable farming practices, protects biodiversity and minimises environmental impact. The cacao is wild harvested by hand.