Farms is now among the 16 Heirloom cacao growers worldwide
that are recognized by the Heirloom Cacao Preservation (HCP).
Davao’s Puentespina Farms gains heirloom status
January 18, 2019
MAKATI CITY – The
beans grown by Davao City’s Puentespina Farms, manufacturer of the
world-renowned Malagos Chocolates, have been recognized as “Heirloom
Cacao” by the US-based organization Heirloom Cacao Preservation (HCP)
founder of Puentespina Farms, said the farm was the 16th recipient
of the international distinction. Other heirloom farmers were from
Bolivia, Ecuador, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, Vietnam,
Tanzania, and Madagascar.
“We are elated to be part
of this very small group of farmers who have been given this
designation as Heirloom Cacao,” she said.
underwent an extensive evaluation by HCP’s tasting panel before its
heirloom status was announced in San Francisco on January 12, 2019.
According to HCP, the chocolate was praised for its flavor, low
acidity and “touch of fruits.”
HCP’s mission is to
“identify and preserve fine flavor cacao varieties for the
conservation of biological diversity and the empowerment of farming
communities.” It is an initiative of the Fine Chocolate Industry
Association founded in collaboration with the US Department of
Agriculture/Agricultural Research Services.
Primarily grown by small
farms in the lowland tropical regions, cacaos are good for the
ecosystem because they are grown in the shade along with other fruit
trees like bananas, coconuts, and forest trees. Helping preserve
heirloom cacao also helps the livelihood of the farmers who grow
“We want our products to
be worthy of the heirloom designation that has been given to us,”
Meanwhile, the Malagos
Agri-Ventures Corporation has issued a limited edition bar of
Malagos Heirloom Chocolate 72% Dark Chocolate to celebrate the