Chocolate Origin: Venezuela
Sur del Lago, next to the city Maracaibo.
Organic status: usage of pesticide is very limited due to the poor conditions of the farmers who cannot afford to buy it.
Cocoa variety: Natives varieties, mostly Crillolos and trinitarios. There has not been any introduction of new hybrid in the country because of import bans. This contributes to the unique taste of Venezuelan cocoa. The terroir “Lago de Sur” is considered as being one of the finest flavor cocoa in the world.
Amount of farmers reached by TTF: 13-20 farmers
Average cocoa farm size: small, 1 ha, average yield is also small (100 to 200 kg/ha)
Very unstable situation in Venezuela (energetic crisis due to the drop of oil price, high criminality, inflation….). There is quite some poverty and the cocoa farmers are generally small land owners who struggle to grow and sell decently their cocoa. The exports are very reglemented and one needs a licence to export cocoa, which make this origin always expensive.