Among rarest & most expensive of all beans in the world. As genetically pure as Criollo commercially gets, nearly a monoseed. Exclusive mostly to small fields south of Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela in the Catatumbo flood plain
Due to its porcelain-like color, this cocoa bean, a genetically pure strain of the highly prized Criollo, is native to Venezuela and may have been grown there in the Pre-Columbian era.
Many consider Criollo Porcelana to be the holy grail of cacao beans.
Porcelana cocoa was called "Maracaibo" in colonial times, since it was primarily exported from that Venezuelan port community. Along with a few other Mexican and Colombian cocoas beans, Maracaibo cocoa was classified as one of the world's highest quality cocoas until the 1920s.
The original Criollo cocoa is grown on small plantations in Venezuela and is very difficult to farm.
The name comes from their appearance, the immature pods are smooth skinned, ivory in color, sometimes with a tinge of pale green.
High chocolarity (pure-flavored, even-keeled cocoa) & buttery macadamia; berries ‘n cream; sometimes breaded flavors & delicate spice.
Translucent chocolate from smooth pods colored pale green to white & light pinkish seeds, reflected in the name, ‘porcelain’ in English; exceedingly delicate, finesse over power; least acidic / fruited of fine cacáos; low astringency & bitterness requiring very light roasting.
The main objective is to collaborate and enrich communities, and to be a promoter of good agricultural practices. All of this is made possible thanks to the contribution and union with the PROSPERI FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization committed to maintaining and promoting the historical, cultural values and agricultural aspects of Venezuela. Through educational programs like "Back to the Farm", the foundation demonstrates that the cultivation of cocoa, is a profitable profession that generates social change.