Welcome to Cunakakaw!

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CUNAKakaw is the standard that is being implemented, adopted, and monitored by the Meso-American Association of Fine Cacao and Chocolate (AMACACAO), which consists of exemplary cacao and chocolate companies from the original Mayan lands… since thousands of years the cradle (“cuna”) of chocolate passion!

These days, private farms, cooperatives, artisanal and industrial chocolate makers unite under a collective brand: CUNAKakaw, with a strong commitment for regenerating cacao and chocolate production in Meso-America together with a guarantee for quality products, managed under a strict Internal Control System.

Learn more about the Standard

History of Mayan Cacao

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     The Southern part of Mexico and the Republics of Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua are part of the Ancient region called Mesoamerica, and are recognized by anthropologists and historians as being the cradle of domesticated cacao and chocolate as a processed food since Pre Columbian times, circa 1,500 B.C. 1. The main variety grown in the region in those early times was Criollo cacao that was produced for the Mayan and Aztec Royal dynasties by very skilled Indian cultivators in the foothills of the Soconusco region (Early Guatemala, now México), Suchitepequez (Guatemala), Izalco (El Salvador), and the Sula Valley (Honduras) as a drink, as a food ingredient and as a currency. It is now well documented that this region was the one that provided the first taste of fine flavor cacao to Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Conquistadores in the early XVI th Century, an extraordinary event that took the chocolate culture to the rest of Europe. There is ample reference regarding these developments, from Bergman (1969), to Coe and Coe (1996). Afterwards, the production declined due to the many diseases brought by the Spanish and the cultural earthquake of the Colonial process, but the tradition has survived, embedded in a wide variety of hot drinks and artisan confections enjoyed by the people of Maya descent.  There is evidence of ancient cacao trees along Mayan cities, now archeological sites.

     The region is well recognized by the international Industry citing it as a primal origin of cacao production. No other region in the world had domesticated cacao cultivation and produced chocolate before the XVIth. century.

A great history indeed.

1The True History of Chocolate. Coe Sophie, Coe Michael D. (1996) The Thames and Hudson Ltd. London. Page 47.

Our Standard

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CUNAKakaw is a standard that is being adopted, implemented and monitored by the Meso-American Association of Fine Cacao and Chocolate (AMACACAO), which consists of exemplary cacao and chocolate companies from the original Mayan lands… since thousands of years the cradle (“cuna”) of chocolate passion!

These days, private farms, cooperatives, artisanal and industrial chocolate makers unite under a collective brand: CUNAKakaw, with a strong commitment for regenerating cacao and chocolate production in Meso-America together with a guarantee for quality products, managed under a strict Internal Control System.


Guarantee of origin
-The origin of a CUNAKakaw product, whether it is a cacao bean, cacao licor or chocolate, is always from the traditional Mayan territories in Belice, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the South of Mexico.
-100% Produced in Country of Origin (100% PICO)

Guarantee of Cacao Bean Quality
-Physical parameters for fermentation, drying and defects
-Sensory parameters, analysed by external experts
-Fitosanitary parameters, such as heavy metals, etc.
-Genetically, mostly Trinitarian and Criollo cacao
-Adequate storage and transport conditions
-Traceability to the farm level

Guarantee of Cacao Liquor Quality
-Only made with beans that comply with CUNAKakaw criteria.
-Mild profile roasting
-Complies with microbiological norms adopted by the industry
-Good Manufacturing Practices

Guarantee of Quality for Couverture and Final Products (Chocolate, Bonbons, etc)

-Only made with beans or cacao liquor that comply with CUNAKakaw criteria
-A minimum of cacao / cacao liquor content
-No other vegetable fats
-Finesse < 20 microns
-100% Produced In Country of Origin (100%PICO)

Guarantee for Social Responsibility
-Complies with social national legislation, such as no child labour
-Commitment to work toward continuous improvement of working conditions
-Add value to Central American chocolate makers by Producing In Country of Origin (100%PICO)

Guarantee for Environmental Responsibility
-Sustainable soil management / Good Agricultural Practices
-Cultivation under an agro-forestry-system
-Transparency from all members about their practices

Meet the members

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Our mission is to offer the best fine origin cacaos and derivatives available from our region. We are a group of producers, processors, and chocolatiers from Central America that work directly with cacao through all of its amazing (and tasty!) stages. We work together to add value to what we do while promoting the highest quality products and social and ecological sustainability and improvement.
Our region is of central importance as the birthplace of cacao use, consumption and of one of the World’s most magical foods- chocolate.

La Campesina – Nicaragua

The Cooperative La Campesina R.L. is an organization of small cocoa farmers , with a total area of ​​915 Ha, that includes more than 400 small producers. These producers are located in 30 counties in the central part of the country in the municipalities of Matiguás , Rio Blanco and Muy Muy of the department of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

The cooperative provides its service partners stockpiles, cocoa marketing, technical assistance and training. It has 22 workers to perform all the services demanded by its partners. Thereby, the cooperative sells cocoa beans with UTZ Certified Organic Certification and at the same time we are starting the transformation into chocolate and cocoa liquor.

Contact information:

  • Name: Denis Escorcia
  • Company: Cooperativa Cacaotera La Campesina R.L
  • Email address:
  • Phone number: +505 27781055
  • Website: www.cooperativalacampesina.com

Finca La Cruz – Guatemala

Finca la Cruz is a four generation family owned farm established in the southwest of Guatemala in the late nineteenth Century by the Valenzuela Family. At an altitude of 325 meters over the sea level and the optimal tropical climate conditions together with the blend between several trinitario and criollo cocoa trees varieties and mixed with an environment of aged wood and fruit variety trees brings up a very interesting mixture of flavor and aromatic cocoa beans that has been recognized and awarded.

With an artisanal post-harvest process the family has kept over the years the way of fermenting and drying the cacao beans giving it an exceptional flavor, aromatic and high quality taste that only Finca La Cruz can offer their high quality clients and customers.

Contact information:

  • Address:  Finca La Cruz, Municipio de Cuyotenango, Departamente de Suchitepéquez, Guatemala.
  • Email address:  
  • Phone number:   +(502) 5308-5445  ó +(502) 5205-0796

APROCACAHO – Honduras

aprocacahoAPROCACAHO is a private, nonprofit organization with its own assets that is apolitical, non-religious, gender equal, without racial discrimination, with a wide social inclusion and legal personality. It is a second-level organization and its members are legal entities, cooperatives and small producer’s associations, dedicated to the production and marketing of cacao beans.

Mission: APROCACAHO is a trade organization which provides training, technical assistance and other services to the country’s cacao bean families, to promote ecological and competitive production, socio-economic development of its members and to facilitate marketing of conventional cacao and special cacao derivatives.

Vision: APROCACAHO be a trade organization with nationwide coverage, which supports the development of its partners offering cacao beans in all its forms and semi-finished products in the domestic and international market.

Contact Information:

  • Address: Municipio de Choloma, Departamento de Cortés, Honduras, C.A.
  • Email address:
  • Phone number:  +(504) 2669 3912, (504) 2669 3400
  • Website:  www.aprocacaho.com

Chocolates del Caribe – Honduras

CHOCOLATE DEL CARIBE S.A.  is a young company (2 years) based in Choloma, Honduras, engaged in the production of high quality cocoa couverture and cocoa liquor to provide to chocolate factories and chocolatiers.  Chocolate del Caribe SA has a plant with a capacity of approx. 3,000 tons of liquor and 450 tonnes cocoa couverture per year. The plant has a free zone status and started producing in mid 2014. The main strengths are:

  1. Direct purchase from the best producers of Trinitario cocoa beans from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama, paying good prices and encouraging quality production.
  2. Quality control before each purchase, facilitated by the proximity of the producing plantations.
  3. Whole bean roasting using hot air at low temperatures to highlight the fine character of the aroma of the beans.
  4. Couverture and cocoa liquor as drops and/or blocks (tempered) packed in small or big boxes.
  5. Professional and dedicated , determined to show that Central America can produce chocolate of quality equal to or better than the best European companies.

Two generations ago Chocolate del Caribe SA was led by a family of Dutch origin that grew high quality Trinitario cocoa in a farm in Costa Rica. Since 2003 this farm is certified organic and it was the first property in Latin America that was certified (Rain Forest Alliance) and UTZ .

As cocoa producers know, the hardest part in the chain is experienced by the farmers and their workers. We hope to be a trusted partner to our suppliers and customers based on quality of work, efficiency and transparency.

Finca Cuyancúa – El Salvador

Finca Cuyancua was established in 1888 in the municipality of Izalco, this area is considered as the origin of Mayan cacao production in El Salvador.

The farm still preserves certain areas of antique cocoa plantations with more than 100 years old, as well as modern plantations with innovative technified practices for production and quality processes. The varieties of fine and flavour cocoa produced are ancient Criollos, which date back to the Mayas, and Trinitarios considered as modern Criollos.  Cuyancua also counts with the first cocoa clonal nursery in the country with more than 45 different varieties, and a modern Eco-friendly processing plant, powered by renewable energy sources.

Contact information:

  • Email address:  
  • Phone number:   +(503)2263-4541

COAGRICSAL – Honduras

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Cooperativa Agrícola cafetalera San Antonio Limitada (COAGRICSAL), founded in 1995 and registered with the IHDECOOP in January 2007, is finally obtaining status under the record: Volume 2 Number 1469. It is a primary level organization, made up of 1200 small producers (coffee: 800, cocoa: 700, pepper: 250).  Since our foundation,  our activities have included the production, marketing and export of coffee, cocoa and pepper.

From 2010 we began a diversification project in the cultivation of fine and flavor cocoa, created to prevent only-coffee focus and to provide a productive opportunity to partners with land below 900 m which produces low quality coffee, but produces higher revenues  in cocoa farming during the months where no other productive activities are taking part. In this way we are minimizing the risks of crop losses or falling prices, low productivity and climate change.

Currently 1000 hectares cocoa have been cultivated, corresponding to 500 producers, of which 320 Has. will produce an estimated 2880 100-pound bags of cacao (TM 143.67) fine export, benefiting 380 producers.

Contact Information:

  • Address:  Km. 93, Carretera Internacional hacia la Entrada de Copan – Honduras.
  • Email address:  
  • Phone number:  (+504) 2617-6423
  • Website:  www.coagricsal.hn

Chocolates Melher – El Salvador

melherChocolate Melher is a proudly Salvadorean company founded in 1983 by the entrepreneurial spirit of the Melgar brothers.  Their vision has been to create an industrial company related to confectionary products.  Since then, Chocolates Melher has been dedicated to chocolate products, specializing in couvertures for frozen fruits, sorbets, ice creams, popsicles and other products under the Chocomelher brand and confectionaries under the Chocovitos brand.

Contact Information:

  • Email address:  
  • Phone number: (503) 2500-6800
  • Website: www.melher.com

ES CACAO – El Salvador

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ES CACAO’s mission is to promote the standardization of fine flavor cacao varieties in El Salvador, and to propagate the best practices and care for planting and post-harvest activities to guarantee quality for export to the international gourmet market.
ES CACAO projects itself nationally with the hopes of including most of the in-country producers. The only requirement for membership is for the cacao to be from ES-CACAO’s nurseries and to be planted by ES CACAO’s standards in order to insure the best possible quality, and to work in collaboration with mother nature and pride in returning to El Salvador’s historical crop.
Cacao growing in El Salvador is not new- before and during the Spanish Conquest, El Salvador was one of the region’s largest cacao production and trade areas. This is why the Izalco region of what is now part of El Salvador became so important to the Spanish Colonizers. Documents of the Colony specify the importance of cacao production by the native peoples, who stopped producing it among other things because of Izalco volcano’s constant eruptions and the local population being decimated by disease.

Contact Information:

  • Email address: 
  • Phone number:   +(503)2263-4541
  • Website:  www.escacao.com

Cacaoterra / Shaw’s – El Salvador

We have been making many types of pure chocolate in Elcacaoterra Salvador since 1980, mixing flavors that have helped us take advantage of local and fresh ingredients. We began making our own couvertures from the bean since 2007 by processing local 100% mesoamerican cacaos, bought directly from farms and cooperatives, and have fallen in love with chocolate even more ever since.  We make our own liquor, cocoa butter, couvertures, and cocoa powder, which makes us learn every day how to improve at making the sweet things we love to make.  We are 157 full-time workmates, 80% women, and like to share smiles through what we do.

Some of the brands we make are Shaw’s Chocolates, Mayaland, and Cacaoterra, through which we also sell cacao nibs and natural cocoa powder.

Contact Information

  • mayalandEmail address:  shaws
  • Phone number: +(503)2511-4200
  • Website:  www.cacaoterra.com, www.shaws.com.sv

Cacaos de Mesoamerica

cacaosdemesoamericaITZEL Chocolate / CACAOS DE MESOAMÉRICA, S.A.

Cacaos de Mesoamérica, S.A. is a company focused on Fine and Flavor Cacao from Mayan Single Origin Plantations for boutique production of Origin Fine and Flavor Cacao and Chocolate. Founded in 2012 by chocolate maker Juan Francisco Mollinedo, the Company develops the best flavor profiles and unique tastes of the Mesoamerican region, from tailor-suited genetics and post harvest good practices, to professional chocolate making. Right now is working with 2 Single Plantations in Guatemala and soon will expand to other terroirs in the Mayan Region.

Its main Products and Services are:

  • On request supervision and export of Mayan Origin Cacao Beans and Nibs
  • Certified Mayan Origin, Single Plantation Refined Cocoa Liquor
  • Certified Mayan Origin, Single Plantation Chocolate Couverture (On Request)
  • Recipe development of Mayan Origin Chocolate Blends (On Request)
  • Mayan Origin Chocolate confections.

Contact Information:

  • Address: Km. 17.5 Carretera a El Salvador, Arrazola I, Condominio El Bosque, # 1, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Email:
  • Skype: jfm148
  • Phone: (502) 40058297

FEDECOVERA – Guatemala

FEDECOVERABased in Guatemala, the Federation of Cooperatives of the Verapaces (FEDECOVERA, R.L) is an autonomous cooperative founded on February 23th, 1976. FEDECOVERA is a second level cooperative leading by small producers organized in cooperatives.

Since 1976, FEDECOVERA’s mission is to help its farmers to have better living conditions while always respecting and protecting their culture.

Their activity is the production of cardamom, allspice, coffee, tea, cacao, essential oils, basic grains, vegetables and the sustainable forestry development. Their products come from North of Guatemala, States of Alta and Baja Verapaz. These areas are ideally located between 650 and 7700 feet of altitude with optimal weather conditions to deliver the best products.

At FEDECOVERA quality is everybody’s commitment, complying with all internal and external food safety, regulatory and quality requirements, building trust by offering products and services that match customer expectation and preference.

Our Cacao Beans

FEDECOVERA supports small farmers’ cultivation of one of the best Cocoa in the world coming from the region of the Verapaces. The distinguishing characteristics of our cacao are:

  • Country of origin: Guatemala
  • Region: Alta Verapaz – 100% Pure Origin
  • Cocoa Variety: Criollo+Trinitario
  • Surface of the farms: Tropical Rainforest
  • Size of organization: 50 organizations of small farmers
  • Certificates: Organic certified NOP, EC, JAS BIOSUISSE and Kosher.
  • Grading profile: Fine Cocoa, well fermented, with fruity and sweet flavors

Contact Information:

  • Address:  6a. Calle 5-05 zona 11, Cobán 16001, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
  • Email address:  
  • Telephone: +502 7950-0741
  • Website: www.fedecovera.com

CACAONICA – Nicaragua

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CACAONICA is an efficient, sustainable and profitable cooperative company, a pioneer in the cultivation, production and exploitation of cocoa export and the promoter of initiatives in Nicaragua to help reduce the levels of poverty in rural communities.

Their mission is to produce and sell cocoa by developing strategies that promote the production of quality cocoa , encouraging an increase in new areas with environmental sustainability, whereby access to insurance markets and significant quality is made possible, generating higher revenues that benefit families of partner cooperatives and producers in general.

CACAONICA currently comprises 295 associates, both men and women, Thereby it has 70 pre- partners who do not have their official status as partners because they don’t meet all the requirements.

The Board of Directors is composed of 5 people : 4 men and 1 woman. CACAONICA has identified the need to improve their internal performance for business strengthening. The company is dedicated to the marketing of organic and conventional cocoa from farms of his producing partners and the production and marketing of genetic material of high quality cocoa.

Currently CACAONICA produces 200 MT of fermented and dried cacao beans, Fine and Flavor.  It has its own Post Harvest facilities including solar and mechanical dryers .  CACAONICA has its own warehouses and Lab equipment .

Contact Information:

  • Contact:  Alba Luz Alvarez Sequeira Oscar Espinoza Ortega – Manager President
  • Email:  
  • Telephone:  +(505) 8857-3433, +(505) 8360-9406
  • Website: www.cacaonica.com.ni

MayaMountainMaya Mountain Cacao (MMC) is an organic cacao exporter with a social and environmental mission, located in southern Belize. MMC has been recognized by various international awards on both quality and social impact, including the Heirloom Cacao Preservation initiative (HCP) from the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) in 2014, and the Mott Green Sustainability Award from the Northwest Chocolate Festival in 2015.

MMC buys cacao in “baba” or fresh directly from over 400 indigenous Maya smallholder farmers, paying them immediately with a fair price and then centrally fermenting and drying all cacao using tight controls. This dynamic is creating rapid growth in the cacao industry of Belize, which is directly contributing to employment, empowerment of a socially marginalized population, and conservation of the environment. MMC offers fermented and dried cacao which is 100% traceable, and is certified organic under the USDA NOP regulations. MMC currently works with some of the best-known bean-to-bar makers in the U.S., including Taza Chocolate, Dandelion Chocolate, Mast Brothers Chocolate, and more.
Contact Information
  • Address:  Jose Nuñez & Prince St, Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District, Belize
  • Email address:  
  • Phone number:  +(501) 630-9206
  • Website:  www.mayamountaincacao.com

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Belize

Maya Mountain Cacao

MayaMountainMaya Mountain Cacao (MMC) is an organic cacao exporter with a social and environmental mission, located in southern Belize. MMC has been recognized by various international awards on both quality and social impact, including the Heirloom Cacao Preservation initiative (HCP) from the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) in 2014, and the Mott Green Sustainability Award from the Northwest Chocolate Festival in 2015.

MMC buys cacao in “baba” or fresh directly from over 400 indigenous Maya smallholder farmers, paying them immediately with a fair price and then centrally fermenting and drying all cacao using tight controls. This dynamic is creating rapid growth in the cacao industry of Belize, which is directly contributing to employment, empowerment of a socially marginalized population, and conservation of the environment. MMC offers fermented and dried cacao which is 100% traceable, and is certified organic under the USDA NOP regulations. MMC currently works with some of the best-known bean-to-bar makers in the U.S., including Taza Chocolate, Dandelion Chocolate, Mast Brothers Chocolate, and more.
Contact Information
  • Address:  Jose Nuñez & Prince St, Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District, Belize
  • Email address:  
  • Phone number:  +(501) 630-9206
  • Website:  www.mayamountaincacao.com

El Salvador

Cacaoterra / Shaw's

We have been making many types of pure chocolate in Elcacaoterra Salvador since 1980, mixing flavors that have helped us take advantage of local and fresh ingredients. We began making our own couvertures from the bean since 2007 by processing local 100% mesoamerican cacaos, bought directly from farms and cooperatives, and have fallen in love with chocolate even more ever since.  We make our own liquor, cocoa butter, couvertures, and cocoa powder, which makes us learn every day how to improve at making the sweet things we love to make.  We are 157 full-time workmates, 80% women, and like to share smiles through what we do.

Some of the brands we make are Shaw’s Chocolates, Mayaland, and Cacaoterra, through which we also sell cacao nibs and natural cocoa powder.

Contact Information

  • mayalandEmail address:  shaws
  • Phone number: +(503)2511-4200
  • Website:  www.cacaoterra.com, www.shaws.com.sv
  • Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/cacaoterra
Chocolates Melher

melherChocolate Melher is a proudly Salvadorean company founded in 1983 by the entrepreneurial spirit of the Melgar brothers.  Their vision has been to create an industrial company related to confectionary products.  Since then, Chocolates Melher has been dedicated to chocolate products, specializing in couvertures for frozen fruits, sorbets, ice creams, popsicles and other products under the Chocomelher brand and confectionaries under the Chocovitos brand.

Contact Information:

  • Email address:  
  • Phone number: (503) 2500-6800
  • Website: www.melher.com
ES CACAO Cooperative

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ES CACAO’s mission is to promote the standardization of fine flavor cacao varieties in El Salvador, and to propagate the best practices and care for planting and post-harvest activities to guarantee quality for export to the international gourmet market.
ES CACAO projects itself nationally with the hopes of including most of the in-country producers. The only requirement for membership is for the cacao to be from ES-CACAO’s nurseries and to be planted by ES CACAO’s standards in order to insure the best possible quality, and to work in collaboration with mother nature and pride in returning to El Salvador’s historical crop.
Cacao growing in El Salvador is not new- before and during the Spanish Conquest, El Salvador was one of the region’s largest cacao production and trade areas. This is why the Izalco region of what is now part of El Salvador became so important to the Spanish Colonizers. Documents of the Colony specify the importance of cacao production by the native peoples, who stopped producing it among other things because of Izalco volcano’s constant eruptions and the local population being decimated by disease.

Contact Information:

  • Email address: 
  • Phone number:   +(503)2263-4541
  • Website:  www.escacao.com
Finca Cuyancúa

Finca Cuyancua was established in 1888 in the municipality of Izalco, this area is considered as the origin of Mayan cacao production in El Salvador.

The farm still preserves certain areas of antique cocoa plantations with more than 100 years old, as well as modern plantations with innovative technified practices for production and quality processes. The varieties of fine and flavour cocoa produced are ancient Criollos, which date back to the Mayas, and Trinitarios considered as modern Criollos.  Cuyancua also counts with the first cocoa clonal nursery in the country with more than 45 different varieties, and a modern Eco-friendly processing plant, powered by renewable energy sources.

Contact information:

  • Email address:  
  • Phone number:   +(503)2263-4541

Guatemala

Cacaos de Mesoamerica

cacaosdemesoamericaITZEL Chocolate / CACAOS DE MESOAMÉRICA, S.A.

Cacaos de Mesoamérica, S.A. is a company focused on Fine and Flavor Cacao from Mayan Single Origin Plantations for boutique production of Origin Fine and Flavor Cacao and Chocolate. Founded in 2012 by chocolate maker Juan Francisco Mollinedo, the Company develops the best flavor profiles and unique tastes of the Mesoamerican region, from tailor-suited genetics and post harvest good practices, to professional chocolate making. Right now is working with 2 Single Plantations in Guatemala and soon will expand to other terroirs in the Mayan Region.

Its main Products and Services are:

  • On request supervision and export of Mayan Origin Cacao Beans and Nibs
  • Certified Mayan Origin, Single Plantation Refined Cocoa Liquor
  • Certified Mayan Origin, Single Plantation Chocolate Couverture (On Request)
  • Recipe development of Mayan Origin Chocolate Blends (On Request)
  • Mayan Origin Chocolate confections.

Contact Information:

  • Address: Km. 17.5 Carretera a El Salvador, Arrazola I, Condominio El Bosque, # 1, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Email:
  • Skype: jfm148
  • Phone: (502) 40058297
FEDECOVERA Cooperative

FEDECOVERABased in Guatemala, the Federation of Cooperatives of the Verapaces (FEDECOVERA, R.L) is an autonomous cooperative founded on February 23th, 1976. FEDECOVERA is a second level cooperative leading by small producers organized in cooperatives.

Since 1976, FEDECOVERA’s mission is to help its farmers to have better living conditions while always respecting and protecting their culture.

Their activity is the production of cardamom, allspice, coffee, tea, cacao, essential oils, basic grains, vegetables and the sustainable forestry development. Their products come from North of Guatemala, States of Alta and Baja Verapaz. These areas are ideally located between 650 and 7700 feet of altitude with optimal weather conditions to deliver the best products.

At FEDECOVERA quality is everybody’s commitment, complying with all internal and external food safety, regulatory and quality requirements, building trust by offering products and services that match customer expectation and preference.

Our Cacao Beans

FEDECOVERA supports small farmers’ cultivation of one of the best Cocoa in the world coming from the region of the Verapaces. The distinguishing characteristics of our cacao are:

  • Country of origin: Guatemala
  • Region: Alta Verapaz – 100% Pure Origin
  • Cocoa Variety: Criollo+Trinitario
  • Surface of the farms: Tropical Rainforest
  • Size of organization: 50 organizations of small farmers
  • Certificates: Organic certified NOP, EC, JAS BIOSUISSE and Kosher.
  • Grading profile: Fine Cocoa, well fermented, with fruity and sweet flavors

Contact Information:

  • Address:  6a. Calle 5-05 zona 11, Cobán 16001, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
  • Email address:  
  • Telephone: +502 7950-0741
  • Website: www.fedecovera.com
Finca La Cruz

Finca la Cruz is a four generation family owned farm established in the southwest of Guatemala in the late nineteenth Century by the Valenzuela Family. At an altitude of 325 meters over the sea level and the optimal tropical climate conditions together with the blend between several trinitario and criollo cocoa trees varieties and mixed with an environment of aged wood and fruit variety trees brings up a very interesting mixture of flavor and aromatic cocoa beans that has been recognized and awarded.

With an artisanal post-harvest process the family has kept over the years the way of fermenting and drying the cacao beans giving it an exceptional flavor, aromatic and high quality taste that only Finca La Cruz can offer their high quality clients and customers.

Contact information:

  • Address:  Finca La Cruz, Municipio de Cuyotenango, Departamente de Suchitepéquez, Guatemala.
  • Email address:  
  • Phone number:   +(502) 5308-5445  ó +(502) 5205-0796

Honduras

APROCACAHO Cooperative

aprocacahoAPROCACAHO is a private, nonprofit organization with its own assets that is apolitical, non-religious, gender equal, without racial discrimination, with a wide social inclusion and legal personality. It is a second-level organization and its members are legal entities, cooperatives and small producer’s associations, dedicated to the production and marketing of cacao beans.

Mission: APROCACAHO is a trade organization which provides training, technical assistance and other services to the country’s cacao bean families, to promote ecological and competitive production, socio-economic development of its members and to facilitate marketing of conventional cacao and special cacao derivatives.

Vision: APROCACAHO be a trade organization with nationwide coverage, which supports the development of its partners offering cacao beans in all its forms and semi-finished products in the domestic and international market.

Contact Information:

  • Address: Municipio de Choloma, Departamento de Cortés, Honduras, C.A.
  • Email address:
  • Phone number:  +(504) 2669 3912, (504) 2669 3400
  • Website:  www.aprocacaho.com
Chocolate del Caribe

CHOCOLATE DEL CARIBE S.A.  is a young company (2 years) based in Choloma, Honduras, engaged in the production of high quality cocoa couverture and cocoa liquor to provide to chocolate factories and chocolatiers.  Chocolate del Caribe SA has a plant with a capacity of approx. 3,000 tons of liquor and 450 tonnes cocoa couverture per year. The plant has a free zone status and started producing in mid 2014. The main strengths are:

  1. Direct purchase from the best producers of Trinitario cocoa beans from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama, paying good prices and encouraging quality production.
  2. Quality control before each purchase, facilitated by the proximity of the producing plantations.
  3. Whole bean roasting using hot air at low temperatures to highlight the fine character of the aroma of the beans.
  4. Couverture and cocoa liquor as drops and/or blocks (tempered) packed in small or big boxes.
  5. Professional and dedicated , determined to show that Central America can produce chocolate of quality equal to or better than the best European companies.

Two generations ago Chocolate del Caribe SA was led by a family of Dutch origin that grew high quality Trinitario cocoa in a farm in Costa Rica. Since 2003 this farm is certified organic and it was the first property in Latin America that was certified (Rain Forest Alliance) and UTZ .

As cocoa producers know, the hardest part in the chain is experienced by the farmers and their workers. We hope to be a trusted partner to our suppliers and customers based on quality of work, efficiency and transparency.

COAGRICSAL Cooperative

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Cooperativa Agrícola cafetalera San Antonio Limitada (COAGRICSAL), founded in 1995 and registered with the IHDECOOP in January 2007, is finally obtaining status under the record: Volume 2 Number 1469. It is a primary level organization, made up of 1200 small producers (coffee: 800, cocoa: 700, pepper: 250).  Since our foundation,  our activities have included the production, marketing and export of coffee, cocoa and pepper.

From 2010 we began a diversification project in the cultivation of fine and flavor cocoa, created to prevent only-coffee focus and to provide a productive opportunity to partners with land below 900 m which produces low quality coffee, but produces higher revenues  in cocoa farming during the months where no other productive activities are taking part. In this way we are minimizing the risks of crop losses or falling prices, low productivity and climate change.

Currently 1000 hectares cocoa have been cultivated, corresponding to 500 producers, of which 320 Has. will produce an estimated 2880 100-pound bags of cacao (TM 143.67) fine export, benefiting 380 producers.

Contact Information:

  • Address:  Km. 93, Carretera Internacional hacia la Entrada de Copan – Honduras.
  • Email address:  
  • Phone number:  (+504) 2617-6423
  • Website:  www.coagricsal.hn

Nicaragua

CACAONICA Cooperative

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CACAONICA is an efficient, sustainable and profitable cooperative company, a pioneer in the cultivation, production and exploitation of cocoa export and the promoter of initiatives in Nicaragua to help reduce the levels of poverty in rural communities.

Their mission is to produce and sell cocoa by developing strategies that promote the production of quality cocoa , encouraging an increase in new areas with environmental sustainability, whereby access to insurance markets and significant quality is made possible, generating higher revenues that benefit families of partner cooperatives and producers in general.

CACAONICA currently comprises 295 associates, both men and women, Thereby it has 70 pre- partners who do not have their official status as partners because they don’t meet all the requirements.

The Board of Directors is composed of 5 people : 4 men and 1 woman. CACAONICA has identified the need to improve their internal performance for business strengthening. The company is dedicated to the marketing of organic and conventional cocoa from farms of his producing partners and the production and marketing of genetic material of high quality cocoa.

Currently CACAONICA produces 200 MT of fermented and dried cacao beans, Fine and Flavor.  It has its own Post Harvest facilities including solar and mechanical dryers .  CACAONICA has its own warehouses and Lab equipment .

Contact Information:

  • Contact:  Alba Luz Alvarez Sequeira Oscar Espinoza Ortega – Manager President
  • Email:  
  • Telephone:  +(505) 8857-3433, +(505) 8360-9406
  • Website: www.cacaonica.com.ni
La Campesina Cooperative

The Cooperative La Campesina R.L. is an organization of small cocoa farmers , with a total area of ​​915 Ha, that includes more than 400 small producers. These producers are located in 30 counties in the central part of the country in the municipalities of Matiguás , Rio Blanco and Muy Muy of the department of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

The cooperative provides its service partners stockpiles, cocoa marketing, technical assistance and training. It has 22 workers to perform all the services demanded by its partners. Thereby, the cooperative sells cocoa beans with UTZ Certified Organic Certification and at the same time we are starting the transformation into chocolate and cocoa liquor.

Contact information:

  • Name: Denis Escorcia
  • Company: Cooperativa Cacaotera La Campesina R.L
  • Email address:
  • Phone number: +505 27781055
  • Website: www.cooperativalacampesina.com

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