A special village cacao from Peru’s desert coastline
Born from the dry, desert valleys in Piura, Northern Peru, the ultra-rare Piura Malingas is a dazzling example of special, locally grown Peruvian cacao.
Piura Malingas 75% is here thanks to our intrepid Bean Team and partners. Our cacao hunter, Jan, came across the Malingas beans in 2014, and impressed by the richness of fruit flavor and nice acidity, he set out to see where the beans were grown. Jan was surprised to find that in the middle of a region known for its white cacao the beans of Malingas are not white at all. The next surprise came when he saw the families of Malingas village ferment their cacao beans with craft in front of their houses, rather than bring them to a central fermentation station.
Malingas farmers are rightfully proud about their excellent cacao skills and unique variety, dazzling as the butterflies resting in the shade of old and new Piura cacao groves.