Meet Juan, the leader of Spring
The lands of Springs are owned by Juan, father of 7 and grand father of ? Juan still manages the harvest and maintenance of the land. But his Son Cheyo and his friend Byron do most of the work. They hire about 15-20 workers in harvest season (paid 250/day and 125/half day) to help them with the heavy work on the farm.
Then Byron and his family, his wife Dora and their 2 children, take care of the fermenting and drying of the beans from their home in Patulul, a close by little town. Byron also makes his own artisan Cacao paste and sells it in the streets of San Marcos to diversify his activities. He also works with cheese and honey farmers
“Your cacao is the best we’ve tried in a while,” we told him, “we will help you share this treasure to the world”. His smile underlined our joy: magic happened. Springs cacao magnifies a deep bitterness with coffee and banana accents. Its fat content surpasses most cacaos in the world due to the abundance of water in the village of “Las Victorias” where it grows. Also because it’s genomic lineage was preserved from industrial hybridization.
About Spring Farm
Springs Cacao was named in a moment of astonishment. We were standing there, in a valley covered with a lush variety of trees: coffee, zapotillos, bananas, and many others. An agroforestry dream. By our side, Juan, grandfather in the family, told us there are 4 springs there, embedded in the delicious curves of this mountain jungle, at 400 m of altitude facing the Pacific coast. But there is more than one step to a true astonishment. Moments later– we couldn’t believe what we heard– Juan was explaining that he remained organic because he never had enough money to buy the fertilizers that are suggested as a norm of success in that region. Synchronistic epiphany:
- Local hybrid strains
- Fermented for 10 days in a small wooden box covered with banana leaves
- Family owned isolated land
- Diverse agroforestry ecosystem
- Proximity with coffee plantations and semi-wild ecosystems
- Proximity with multiple springs
- Altitude 400m
- Suchitepequez region