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How to Start a Cacao Farm

When your day begins before the sun has risen and it's a clear morning and you feel good being outside, set out to feed your poultry or start your gardening duties, well then starting a farm might be for you!   But it's not just going to the farm, talk to farmers or plant. It's a very serious and tedious job for you to be in the agri-business industry.   So here, we want to share and look back at how we started operating on a 3-hectare cacao farm intercropped with bananas, located in Barangay Gumalang, Calinan District, Davao City. Just a little bit of context, both Shiela and I don’t have any agriculture background but we had tunnel vision when it comes to cacao and chocolate...

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How to Dry Cacao Beans

Drying of cacao beans is still an essential part of the post-harvest process of the cacao beans. It contributes to bean quality and flavor development and which results in making delicious chocolate. We tackled different types of Drying methods and what the cacao farming industry in the Philippines and Davao City, where we are based, usually uses. It is important to know how you dry cacao beans if you're a farmer so you would distinguish if they are underdried or overdried. Underdrying may result to molds when cacao beans are stored while overdrying may result for cacao beans to lose a lot of weight thus loss of potential revenue. As for chocolate makers, post-harvest process helps in the development of cacao...

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How to Ferment Cacao Beans

People don't always realize how the fermentation of beans is important.  Be it coffee beans or cacao beans.  Fermentation is one of the most essential parts of flavor development and making delicious chocolate. After harvesting and opening the cacao pods, the cacao beans are separated from the pod. The cacao beans are covered with pulp, and this pulp is important in the fermentation process. That's why we are sharing to you the different types of fermentation and what the Philippine cacao farming or specifically in Davao City is usually using.  Developing fermentation protocol is also important for the agri entrepreneurs so you would know how you can effectively bring out the best flavors from your cacao farm and produce quality beans. As...

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Which is the best cacao variety

A lot of newbies in the cacao industry may be confused from the very start with regards to the different varieties of cacao since they all look, feel and even taste different or somehow even similar to each other.  Knowing the types of cacao is very important as an agri-entrepreneur and as a chocolate maker. That's why we share with you the 3 main varieties of cacao:1. Criollo 2. Forastero 3. Trinitario If you are an agripreneur, it’s important to know cacao varieties because they respond differently to diseases, some varieties have higher or lower yields, and produce beans with differing flavor profiles.  If you are a chocolate maker or enthusiast, cacao is very similar to wine and coffee.  If you work...

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Cacao Culture Talks: Youth For Truth PH

Youth For Truth PH interviews Ken to talk about the "new normal in business".  Ken from Cacao Culture shares about how the business stays afloat during the Covid Pandemic-19.  He stated that the challenges of Cacao Culture include that since majority of the sales are coming from the National Capital Region of the Philippines, cargo logistics via air are hampered.  But the company strategized through reviewing and pushing back some cashflow like some expenditures and also through pushing more sales via online.  Also stating that, the Department of Labor helped the company during this crisis through the CAMP Program in which Cacao Culture employees would receive P5000 each. For more information and talk about your business surviving through the whole global pandemic,...

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