Nestled among rolling hills and evergreen forests, west of El Valle in the Dominican Republic, is Finca Elvesia.
Early in the 20th century, a Swiss family planted the first Trinitario cacao trees. Until then, the Dominican Republic was not known for its cocoa. Today, Finca Elvesia has an impressive stock of old Trinitario cocoa trees and an excellent fermentation and drying plant. Their unique process of fermentation lasts longer than is usual at other cocoa farms, producing a combination of bitterness along with the typical freshness of the Dominican fruit, that results in an incomparable flavour. The 120 hectare farm is still privately owned. A large proportion of its farm labourers are Haitians, who fled after the earthquake in 2010 and settled in the Dominican Republic. Now they are rewarded with steady jobs, and wages twice as high as those in Haiti.
We feel it is important for us to support such projects and it gives us great pleasure to do so. With the purchase of this “SINGLE ORIGIN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC” cocoa, you are also contributing to the welfare