Willie's Cacao
Location Cullompton United Kingdom Product category Chocolate
Our story
I have been growing cacao since 1996 at the Hacienda El Tesoro, my beautiful farm in the breath-taking heights of the Henri Pittier National Park in Choroni, Venezuela. There are around 20,000 cacao trees, 1,000 trees per hectare.

The cacao pods take five months to grow from the blossom bud to ripe fruit. Fermentation is crucial to the taste of cacao: without it, cacao beans won’t develop a chocolate flavour, but if you mess it up, you can ruin a great cacao harvest. After the beans and pulp have been removed from the pod, they are placed in hardwood boxes, covered in banana leaves and tu...
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My chocolate is all about flavour. Great cacaos are like fine wines, each one with its own stunningly individual flavour born of its specific genetics, soil and climate. It is to capture these subtle notes and unique flavours that I make all my chocolate from the bean to bar chocolate! I buy single estate cacaos direct from the farmers, roast them in antique ball roasters and make them into chocolate using just raw cane sugar and natural cocoa butter – no soya lecithin, no vanilla, nothing that gets in the way of the flavour of the bean.

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