dark chocolate
Saloy
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The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one {variety} is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one {variety} is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
You adopt {publicVariety} cultivated under the European Union's Organic Farming regulations. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2021. Adopt a criollo cacao tree from Alben Enriquez’s farm located in district Saloy of Davao, Philippines, cultivated according to the organic standards of EU and USDA (certification in process). Criollo is the rarest variety of cacao and highly prized due to its unique flavour. The first criollo trees were planted by Spanish explorers in 1670. Criollo became endangered because most farmers were not informed of its value and started to replace them with hybrid varieties that yield a higher quantity but are inferior in quality. Farmer Alben shall oversee the planting, nurturing and harvesting of your cacao using organic farming methods. The tree shall be named after one of the 7107 islands of the Philippines. You will be sharing the cacao tree with another CrowdFarmer and you will receive half the produce of your tree. A typical cacao pod contains 20 to 30 beans and there are approximately 40 pods per tree, making it a total of around 1000 beans per tree. Approximately 800 to 1000 dried beans are required to make 1kg of dark chocolate. Cacao pods grow on the tree trunk and branches. Once the pods are ripe, Alben and his team will start to carefully harvest them by hand using a machete. The harvested pods are then broken in a central area in the farm and the wet beans are carefully sorted and consolidated in wooden boxes. The wet cacao beans are fermented in wooden boxes between 5 to 6 days. The fermentation process is the key to unlocking the flavour potential of the cacao. After fermentation, the beans are dried naturally on bamboo beds under the sun in order to bring the humidity level down from 60% to 7%. It is important to periodically mix the beans to ensure even drying. Once the beans are dried and sorted, the Auro team will delicately roast and grind them for Alben in order to bring out their unique fine flavour. The productive life of {publicVariety} is around 30 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your {variety} dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from other trees. Each {variety} is adopted by 2 CrowdFarmers who receive a box with {masterUnitsMax} kg of {production}.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 4 x __70% Dark Chocolate bars__, vegan (60 gram each) 4 x __85% Dark Chocolate bars__, vegan (60 gram each) The cacao beans harvested and processed by Alben will then be crafted by Auro into award-winning dark chocolates made essentially with only two ingredients: cacao and organic-certified muscovado sugar (unrefined with a high percentage of molasses). The percentage corresponds to the amount of cacao in the chocolate. You can experience the expression of various flavour notes by tasting the chocolates made in two different percentages. With the 70%, there are dynamic notes of herbs, bergamot and cherries. And with the 85%, there is a more distinct rum flavour with a lingering woody aftertaste. The shelf-life of the chocolates is 2 years. The chocolates are best stored in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight, humidity and other strong odors. In exchange for your support of Farmer Alben, you will receive 8 bars of our 85% and 70% Saloy-origin Dark Chocolate that have received multiple awards from both Academy of Chocolate (AoC) and Great Taste: Silver (2019) and Bronze (2018) for AoC in the Tree-to-Bar Category and Two Stars from Great Taste Awards in 2018.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. The main cacao harvest season is between December to February. After the harvest, the fermentation, drying and sorting of cacao take between 4 to 6 weeks. The cacao beans are then aged in our warehouse for around 3 months in order to improve their flavor. After the beans are aged, they are then crafted into fine dark chocolates and shipped directly to you in October.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
How does it work?
Meet the Farmers
Adopt and plan your harvest
Let the Farmer and nature work
Receive your harvest at home
Alben Enriquez
Alben Enriquez (Cacao Farmer) grew up in Saloy, which is a remote village in the Philippines that did not have adequate market access in the past due to the lack of paved roads. In addition, the area of Saloy has been internationally recognized as an important source for fine flavour cacao in the world, bringing much needed attention to an otherwise unknown area of the Philippines. Alben is determined to further cultivate better varieties and strive to attain the highest quality possible in order to secure a better future for his family and his community. His daily routine consists of waking up before sunrise and doing various farm activities until the early afternoon. Since farming is seasonal, he also works during the off-season as a part-time security personnel for a government agency. He also helps the farming community by continuously looking for market opportunities for fellow farmers. He believes that CrowdFarming is a great opportunity to share his cacao and story with the rest of the world. He wants to share the same joy he experiences in farming cacao.
Alben Enriquez

“I skipped the first day of school when I was younger because I knew my parents were harvesting cacao that day. It has always been an important family tradition that I would like to pass on to my own family. With your support, I can continue encouraging my children and the other young farmers in the Saloy village to keep striving for better quality because that is the key to our future.”

Saloy
Saloy
The Enriquez Cacao Farm is located in Barangay Saloy, Davao, Philippines. Situated between tropical mountain forests, Saloy has a special terroir giving its cacao a truly unique flavour profile. It is part of an agricultural region in the Philippines wherein farming of cacao, copras (kernel of the coconut) and a variety of local fruits and vegetables are the main livelihood sources. Farmer Alben has been involved in farming his whole life and comes from a family of farmers. At the moment, he is closely working with his family members to manage the Enriquez cacao farm. He shares not only the tasks but also the profits obtained from cacao farming with his family. He started working with Auro Chocolate in 2015 when the Josefa Segovia Foundation connected him to other cacao farmers who were looking for dependable long-term partners. He produces and only uses his own organic fertilizer for his trees by composting farm waste. He controls weeds by planting shade trees, maintaining appropriate fertility levels of the soil, mulching, and hand weeding if necessary. It is farming with an ecological mindset. He believes in promoting biodiversity and does not practice monocropping. He has many other trees present in his farm such as durian, coconut and mangosteen, promoting a diverse, healthy ecosystem. He uses spring and rain water to irrigate his farm and provide the approximately 20 liters of water per day that a cacao tree needs. Alben strictly follows the quality guidelines that have been set together with Auro Chocolate in order to consistently produce fine flavor cacao, for which he receives significant price premiums between 10 to 50% above global commodity prices instead of a monthly salary. This pricing structure by Auro is an incentive for the farmers to improve quality. The cultivation of criollo also provides the opportunity for farmers to earn more. Since cacao is a natural product, some of the beans produced could have some slight imperfections (not fit to ISO 2451:2017 standards), and these are turned by Alben and his family into tablea (local drinking chocolate tablets) for their own consumption or for sale to nearby villages, so that hardly any cocoa bean is wasted. Farm by-products such as cacao pods are composted and used as organic fertilizer.
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Saloy, Davao City, PH
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