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Intense citrus aromas, tangerine and orange, combined with notes of pruness. Chuao explodes with an exuberance of flavour and aromas, offering clear and refreshing acidity and mild astringency.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN : VENEZUELA
State : Aragua
Surface : 160km2
Average altitude : 254m (833 feet)
Chuao, northwest of Caracas in the Venezuelan State of Aragua, is a small isolated valley between the mountains of the Henri Pittier National Park and the blue waters of the Caribbean. Access to the valley is by either ocean going boat or mountain trails, there is no road. The adventurous ocean trip, known as the “Choroni Path”, takes 25 minutes in local “Peñero” (pronounced “peniero”) boats from the town of Choroni to the beaches of Chuao. The mountain crossing, accessible only on foot, known as the “Cacao Route”, crosses peaks surrounding Mt. Turico in the National Park.
First time visitors to the plantations of Chuao are surprised by the wide genetic variation (encompassing around 25 varieties) within the valley’s cacao collection. Chuao cacao is a Trinitario / Criollo blend (up to 32% Criollo) giving this Venezuelan bean its unique quality and aroma.