Main harvest: December – March
The cacao region “Sur del Lago” is found in Venezuela, near lake Maracaibo. In the hills at the base of the Andes lies an area of approximately 5‘000 ha, which is used to cultivate cacao trees. There are no cooperatives in Venezuela. This is the reason why Felchlin Switzerland works together with three partners in the region. The first partner is the family Franceschi. They have been active cacao farmers for generations and possess their own cultures. In addition, they handle in premium quality cacao, including controlling the quality and the drying process before shipping the cacao beans to Europe. Our second and third partners are Gustavo Bernal and Alejandro Prosperi. Both have a large network of contacts and close relationships with the local cacao farmers.