"A strong chocolate center with dark sugar and wood notes, light acidity and floral notes, under pinned by a pleasant walnut astringency."

25.9 °C

annual average temperature


number of farmers

1,850 mm/year


5,308.81 ha

total farm area


Most of the cacao farms in the Duarte cluster are located very close to San  Francisco de Macorís, the province’s capital. This was the birth place of Héctor  José Rizek Llabaly, the company’s patriarch, who still lives there. It is where his  company has created CETICO, the world’s largest cacao processing plant. Wet  organic cacao from all over the country is fermented and dried here according to  more than 40 recipes tailored to specific clients and projects like Rizek Essentials.