This is an interesting duo; having introduced for the first time in the region an extended pre-drainage step before the fermentation we compare the impact of drainage layer thickness on final quality. While Sotz includes pre-drainage on a thick layer, Chivite was thin-spread to pre-drain and both were followed by a lengthy fermentation and drying due to the big bean size. This new practice adds on the spicy character of this cocoa.
Sotz’s allspice and pine wood flavors are predominant wrapped into a very balanced ripe starfruit and melon fruitiness. The sweet panela makes this profile very round and as chocolate it becomes addictive.
Chivite is the vivid and refreshing presentation; exotic pineapple and kiwi acidity blends with subtle black pepper notes. Chestnut and honey hints come up in the chocolate and smoothen the nutty tannins.
panela, melon, orange, honey, dried fruit, light jasmine
allspice,pine wood, starfruit, melon
Varietal composition: Regional blend (40% lila; 10% white)
Pulp pre-conditioning: overnight extended on perforated beds 20 cm
Fermentation method: horizontal boxes
Pre-drying: 24h; 6-7 cm
Drying: 7 days on wooden beds
Producer:Asosciacion de Desarrollo Maya Chivite ADEMAYACH
Coordinates:15° 34' 08.10" N 89° 54' 58.39" W
Availability: ~10 MT/year