Limited Release, Porcelana
This bar is available exclusively on our website! Limited Release bars are our way of sharing the incredible fine flavor cacao we receive from farmers all over the world. Although we aren’t able to visit these farms personally we’re so impressed with the quality and incredible flavors we just had to turn the beans into chocolate. As with all our bars these are made with cocoa butter we freshly press from the same beans we use to make the bars. We make only one batch of each of origin, so they’re only available for a limited time.
About the Porcelana Beans
Porcelana originated in Venezuela and is still primarily found there. Genetically it’s a part of the Criollo family, and is sometimes referred to as the world’s rarest cacao due to the fact that it’s extremely vulnerable to pests and disease. However, the flavor can be exceptional, which is why a number of producers have been actively planting and propagating it. One of these producers is Cacao Marquez, which owns 120 hectares of farmland just outside the community of Los Laureles, near Lake Maracaibo in Northwest Venezuela. This farmland, known as Hacienda La Sabana is planted with native Porcelana cacao trees.
The cooperative of producers in Los Laureles not only grow their own cacao but do the post-harvest fermentation and drying at a facility they constructed near Lake Maracaibo. As part of their efforts to preserve Criollo cacao they’ve established a nursery of more than 40,000 trees, and have undertaken a genetic study to develop a plan for the propagation and preservation of native cacao in the region.
We were very excited to have access to a small number of sacks of this bean in 2020, right before COVID hit. It was hard to get these beans back then, and since that time Cacao Marquez has stopped selling them in the United States. So, once this micro-batch is gone, it’s gone!
Nutrition information below.
Tasting Notes: Green grape, green tea, toasted barley, pistachio
Ingredients: Single origin cacao beans, organic cane sugar, single origin cocoa butter (Porcelana)
• May contain trace amounts of peanuts and tree nuts.
Ingredients: Cacao Beans, Organic Sugar, Single Origin Cocoa Butter (Porcelana)
May contain trace amounts of peanuts and tree nuts.
The bitterness of the dark chocolate is a little stronger than I like but it integrates well with chocolate and is almost light.
Limited Release, Porcelana
Wonderfully rich complexity makes this chocolate a step above.
I generally like all chocolate. But I do favor cacao beans from Venezuela, Madagascar and Hawaii. To me bars made from these particular origins are very flavorful, memorable and enjoyable. Venezuela Porcelana cacao beans are rare and prized. Goodnow Farms did an excellent job in making a very smooth, delicate and wonderfully delicious bar. I hope more beans become available.