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We know how important the environment is to you. That's why we collect, ferment and dry our own cocoa beans in collaboration with farmers that care about the environment and quality.
We treat our cocoa beans with the utmost care. Natural techniques and traditional farming practices are more important than ever because they preserve biodiversity and safeguard the origin of each bean.
A big part of working with ethical suppliers is what happens before a farmer even picks their crop. To ensure the cacao trees and bean pollinators are thriving, we provide financing for reforestation, as well as provide fair pricing for the farmers.
What Do We Stand For?
At Cacao Marquez, we are a small company with big ideas for the future of cocoa and chocolate. We work every day with very special farmers to produce high quality cocoa beans, which allows us to guarantee traceability, consistency of post-harvest practices and quality. Our goal is to create an ideal ecosystem where farmers, cooperatives and chocolate makers can thrive and support reforestation, preservation of rivers and forests in the region, as well as our unique cocoa varieties.
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Preserve Cocoa And Biodiversity
Serrania Perija, situated between Venezuela and Colombia is surrounded by vast mountain ranges. It is a breathtaking sight to behold. Much of the Venezuelan region of the range has been converted into a national park to conserve the area. Besides just mountain ranges, the area is made special by the rivers that flow across the territory: Rio Socuy and Rio Guasare. There are hundreds of pipes and springs, with the potential of agriculture and livestock. The territory spans over 2,000 kilometers with temperatures that reach 6° C.
Venezuelan premium cacao has been highly sought after for decades, given its rich aromas and flavor diversity. But the Cacao Criollo stands apart from the rest and is the finest variety of cocoa in the world.
Hacienda Los Laureles
Named after las Cuevas Los Laureles (Laureles Caves), 12 Hectares crossed by the Socouy river , with plantain as companion crop for this flavorful cocoa born in the Jesus Enrique Losssada Municipality , which shares 70 km of frontier land with the Republic of Colombia , and various rivers south to north: Guasare River , Escondido River , and Rio Palmar travelling east flowing out in the Lake of Maracaibo with numerous pipes and waterfalls.
There are nearby places suitable for tourism such as San José de Los Altos, La Neverita, El Paramito, La Alemania, Sorotaima and other places with a pleasant temperature, where you can grow beans, coffee, strawberry, blackberry, among others, a possible cause for the red fruit flavor of this cacao. In the water currents flow and streams we can appreciate the flora and fauna almost unknown to many of the inhabitants of this municipality.
The Cacao variety originated in the Serrania del Perija is said to have spread to other áreas in Central America during the conflicts of the XVI century, It is often described as having a strong, fruity flavour, with a distinct secondary bitter note "during consumption" it is perhaps one of the most ancient regions where cocoa was cultivated by the time colonists arrived.
Ambrosius Alfinger, member of the Welser family of German bankers, who were in charge of the conquest colonization and exploitation of the western region of the today Venezuelan territory from 1528 to 1556, in his memories, entails that a project when he got to know the Pacabueyes mountain range Sierra de Périja), it was to build a city that took the name of Ulma, in memory of the city of Ulma, where he was from.
There is no doubt that the Sierra, at the foot of which Alfinger stopped, was the Sierra de Périja, because Esteban de Martin says: The Macomite River is born, which is none other than the Socuy River, it traveled about fifteen leagues beautiful valley all populated by where the Buredes the former also occupied the Sionia, Airinger travolod this in eight days, stripping the indians of 20 thousand Castilians of gold.
A few steps from the Cueva del Saman (Saman Cave), the largest cavern in Venezuela with 18.2 km long and 90 cavities; is displaced the famous Cueva del Guácharo for more than 10 km, it has colony of Guácharos that is calculated in more than 5000 species, its entrance it is horizontal and is underground explore. This "Isolated" cocoa farm, surrounded by the River, preserves the highest percentage of criollo variety in the region.
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