First In The Philippines: Malagos Cacao Recognized As ‘Heirloom Cacao’

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The non-profit organization Heirloom Ca­cao Preservation (HCP) has recognized the cacao grown by Davao City-based Puentespina Farms.

Puentespina Farm’s award-winning Malagos Chocolates, is now officially recognized as “Heirloom Cacao”.

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According to Puentespina Farm founder Charita Puentespina, their cacao is the first in the Philippines to be given such recognition.

In addition to this, they are also 16th in the world to hold such distinction. Among them are Hawaii, Ecuador, Bolivia, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Belize, Tanzania and Vietnam.

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“We are elated to be part of this very small group of farmers who have been given this designation as Heirloom Cacao. We are only the 16th to be given this honor, and the first in the Philippines,” said Puentespina.

The Heirloom Cacao is considered as the “diamond of the cacao”, which is the foundation of chocolates with the highest quality.

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In other words, the cacao used by Puentespina Farm in making Malagos chocolate is officially recognized internationally as one of the best cacao beans in the world.

“To become designated ‘heirloom cacao’ is an incredibly high standard to meet,”

“Flavor-wise, there must be a balance, uniqueness, complexity and clarity all at once. The cacao should possess a unique flavor profile that commands a premium in the world of fine foods,” added Puentespina.

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According to her, their cacao went through intense evaluation from nine-member tasting panels of chocolate experts from all over the world.

Since 2013, Malagos Chocolates, product of Puentespina Farm, has received 19 prestigious international awards and two local awards.

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