"Medium chocolate notes. Ripe fruits and olive. light acidity and hints of woods (cedar) and spices. Cacao forwards with an astringency towards the end."

  • “One of the first farms in the Dominican Republic planted with elite cacao varieties”

  • La Esmeralda is one of the first farms in the country planted with elite cacao  varieties brought from Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica. It is one of the most  recognized and iconic cacao farms in the world. Located in San Francisco de  Macorís, Duarte Province, this estate belongs to the Denomination of Origin Los  Bejucos, an official denomination established since 2012.  

    Founded by Héctor Rizek Sr,. Hacienda La Esmeralda was the first cacao farm  owned by the family. The exceptional flavor profile for this chocolate reflects the  formidable quality of the cacao beans, and the meticulous preservation of the  estate. With an extension of almost 112 acres and trees that are over 40 years old,  La Esmeralda produces approximately 1,200 kg on a yearly basis.

Cocoa of Excellence since 2013:

Our beans from “Hacienda La Esmeralda” were honored by the International  Cocoa Awards organization by receiving the Cocoa of Excellence” award in 2013.

  • Certified organic by Ecocert SA

  • Certified by the National Kosher Supervision

  • International Chocolate Awards (Americans) Silver 2020-21)

  • International Chocolate Awards (World) Silver 2020-21)

  • International Chocolate Awards (World) Gold 2020-21)

  • “Welcome to this beautiful land of cacao”

    This is the first thing that more than 58,000 visitors have read at the entrance of  our farm La Esmeralda in San Francisco de Macorís. Our experts lead the way on 

    an enjoyable journey through the chocolate world. Discover its colorful history and  the process that transforms cacao into the delicious chocolate we all love! 

    A major ethic cacao producer and a leading fine aroma exporter, Rizek Cacao  invites you to explore the trails of organic cacao trees that meander through its  Hacienda La Esmeralda



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