Dark grand cru esmeraldas 98% Ecuador

Flavour profile

Sweet, floral notes of honey and dried fruits. This 98% combines the strength of an almost pure cocoa, without the inclusion of cocoa butter.
Tangy with a delicate bitterness.

Cooperative's project: conserving the 'nacional' variety and developing an agroforestry system

The province of Esmeraldas is a mangrove and tropical forest zone which is difficult to access and where intensive cocoa farming has never taken place. The 400 producers who are members of the FONMSOEAM cooperative in this region work hard to preserve the Nacional variety, which is threatened with extinction due to the spread of intensive plantations and the introduction of the CCN51 clone, which is highly productive but of a low flavour quality. In 2009, we decided to support FONMSOEAM and set ourselves the joint objective of taking up the challenge to export the cooperative’s cocoa directly. A decent price makes it possible to maintain this rare production system in which cocoa is grown in harmony with the agroforestry system. After six years, thanks to stable prices which are above the market average, the small farmers have been able to invest to develop their crops. As well as building nurseries to propagate the best specimens, the small farmers’ organisation is now engaged in other actions, such as the coppicing and grafting of the cocoa trees and controlled bean fermentation, to give value to this exceptional pure origin product. The farmers of the FONMSOEAM cooperative have been able to export their cocoa directly for the very first time and so freed themselves from the middlemen


This ancient variety produces a refined chocolate with a unique floral flavour.

Natural environment 

Mangroves and coastal tropical forest - 3500 mm of rain - Cocoa trees under a forest canopy


100% Nacional cocoa


Short three-day fermentation in centralised units located at the cooperative.


Esmeraldas is a landlocked area of mangroves and forests. The FONMSOEAM cooperative includes 400 families. With the support of ETHIQUABLE, the cooperative has launched a new dynamic around the Nacional cocoa, an ancient and very aromatic variety.
The cocoa also comes from the LAZAN'NY SAMBIRANO cooperative in Madagascar.

cocoa paste* from Ecuador and Madagascar, cane sugar*. Cocoa: 98% minimum in the chocolate. 
*from fair trade and organic farming
organic farming (100%). 
May contain traces of nuts, milk and gluten. 

Average nutritional values per 100g

Energy: 2560 kJ (620 kcal)
Fat: 53,7g (saturated fatty acids: 32,2g) 
Carbohydrates: 12.9g (sugars: 1.0g) 
Dietary fiber: 14.4g 
Protein: 13.9g 
Salt: 0g


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We are certified for organic farming by Certisys BE-BIO-01