From the cacao tree to bean control
The cacao tree
A cacao tree flowers after 2 to 3 years and out of the thousands of flowers it produces only 1% will actually fruit: giving the pod. A cacao tree produces around 80 pods per year.
The cacao plants are selected according to their productivity and quality of their fruit.
The fruit of the cacao tree is ovoid and measures 15-25cm in length and 6-15cm in diameter. The pod takes 4-6 months to ripen.
The pods are opened with a machete and contain up to 40 beans, surrounded by a sugary, white pulp called Mucilage.
Transport and weighing
The beans are spread out on wooden racks and covered with banana leaves. The mucilage surrounding the beans ferments, causing the aromas in the beans to develop their chocolate taste.
Control and bagging
Exchange of know how
The beans leave South America for the different European factories.
CEMOI employees work continually with the Ecuadorian farmers to improve the quality of their produce.