The Rayen cooperative is located in the region of Tapachula in the State of Chiapas Mexico. This part of Mexico is a very important cacao-growing origin in that it has been growing cacao for over 4000 years. Due to cross pollination this has lead to a vast diversity of cacao genetics creating a deeply complex finished chocolate.
Many of the growers that are part of the cooperative have been cultivating cacao for their entire life. One of the growers (also the treasurer of Rayen) bought his piece of land in 1985 and leased parts of it to other farmers. Planting a polyculture of trees such as mamey and chalum trees to provide shade to the cacao trees, and flowers to fill the understories it feels like less of a farm and more like a balanced natural environment. Because the farmer’s here are focusing on multiple succession style planting over a long period of time, there is a great sense of balance.
Overall, this bar from Chiapas is very unique. Mexico has not won many awards for their fine-quality cacao made into chocolate. But we hope to change that with this bar.
Ingredients:Mexican cacao beans and cacao butter, organic panela (cane sugar) from Colombia.