The Xoco-selected cultivars are grown in distinct locations with their own specific conditions. Factors like rainfall, altitude, humidity and type of soil, must all be taken into account to give each bean its individuality. Xoco currently offers the following selections and origins.
The Honduran farms are located in the northern and central regions of the country, from coastal lowland jungle to high- altitude mountain slopes.
The Copán highlands are old Mayan territory, bordering Guatemala, made up of small rural communities connected by winding dirt roads.
Rio Seco, the dry river, runs next to fertile coffee farms in the Santa Barbara province of Honduras.
Old Mayan territory, bordering Guatemala. Small rural communities, connected by winding dirt roads.
This is a dry, mountainous, rugged landscape where daytime temperatures easily exceed 40 degrees Celsius. Scattered between small rural communities are unearthed Mayan ruins.
Here the Blue Hill, near the large Yohoa Lake, is a protected area. The land is green and fertile with volcanic soil.
In this region steep mountains rise up from the Caribbean coast. Garifna, descendants of West African, Central African, Island Carib, and Arawak people, live here. The Mayan Red mother trees are from Tela.
Small communities reside here along the Caribbean coast or up in the surrounding steep hills. Winding roads are sometimes, in the rainy season, impossible to traverse. This area is majestic and quiet, off the beaten track.
The historic municipality of Trinidad in central Honduras is historically a place for settlers and traders. The farmers in the surrounding area trditionally grew coffee, but now there are also 100 farms producing fine cocoa.
The farms are located in the rainy northern region of Guatemala between Honduras and Belize. The trees grow at the entry to the Mayan territories of Petén and along Rio Dulce: the sweet river.
The sweet river runs from the great
Izabal Lake to the Caribbean coast.
The grower areas are fertile and productive,
with plenty of rain most of the year.
The farms in Nicaragua are in the Central Highlands, at several hundred meters above sea level. You leave the paved road, and drive by rugged dirt roads to get to the small grower communities and the farms. Home of the original selections from Nicaragua.
In the highland, amid steep hills,
and surrounded by dense forest,
grows some of the best cacao in the world.
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We are in the process of starting up new Xoco farms with local partners in Belize.
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The cocoa trees grow in the southern end of Belize,
under the steep Maya Mountains.