Cacao-Trace is the only sustainable cocoa sourcing programme that redefines the standard for chocolate.
At Puratos we are committed to a sustainable future for chocolate. What sets our sustainable cocoa sourcing programme apart, is that our main focus is on taste and creating value for everyone, from the cocoa farmers to your customers, through taste improvement. The proof of the programme is in the tasting, and in the improved quality of life for cocoa farmers.
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Traditionally in chocolate, different qualilty cocoa beans are bulk-blended to get a standardized quality and taste. This is where Cacao-Trace takes a different approach. Cocoa beans are selected for their character and their quality is carefully checked. Years of research have led us to redefine the criteria for fermenting our beans. As this process is key in chocolate taste development, this makes the difference between an average or superior quality. This is why our beans are fermented in post-harvest centres under the supervision of highly trained experts. They oversee that the natural taste potential of the beans can fully develop and can eventually be expressed in the final chocolate. By adapting the fermentation criteria, it even allows them to adapt the flavour from the same beans to personal preferences.