A selection of highly distinctive beans along with the unique capacity to tailor-make cacao bean recipes for and with our clients.
Individual flavors that can be as far apart from each other as a Sauternes from a Médoc.
All of them are available in the processing stage of your preference.
A strong chocolate center with dark sugar and wood notes, light acidity and floral notes, underpinned by a pleasant walnut astringency.
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 birthplace 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 (cacao en baba, with the seeds still embedded in the fresh pulp) 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. The cluster is home to three of the origins in the Rizek Essentials collection, Los Bejucos and El Ramonal with their own Denomination of Origin since 2012, and Duarte. There are noticeable flavor differences among the three, the combined result of variations in terroir and rigorously precise, detailed processing at a centralized location that excitingly brings out what is unique to each origin.Soil & geographical features
Tropical rainforest. Clay loam soil. Eastern end of Cordillera Septentrional (mountain chain running parallel to the north coast of the Dominican Republic).
Dominated by lychee/rhubarb and complex acidity, with tropical fruits and delicate black tea astringency plus chocolate, milk and grassy hints.
There is great promise for quality cacao in this region, as well as a potential for cacao agro-tourism because of the beauty of its farms and proximity to the coast, the town of Sabana del Mar and the historic Sánchez port from which cacao was traditionally exported on Samaná Peninsula, one of the great touristic attractions of the region. There is a close relationship and trust between local buyers and farmers in this region.Soil & geographical features
Tropical coastal plains of Sabana de la Mar and fresher Piedmont. Coastal Plains of Sabana de la Mar, Pie de Monte, Sierra El Seibo and Los Haitises. For more information on El Valle, please contact us at: email@example.com
Distinctive olive, nuts and wood, with a chocolatey center leaning towards prune and raisin, plus light acidity, strawberry and hint of jasmine.
Warmer than the hilly Ramonal, the entire area is irrigated by three underground rivers, and there is perfect soil drainage even in the flat lower region. The 86 cacao farms certified organic and comprising about 10,927 tareas (690 ha) in Los Bejucos share special attributes that contribute to this origin’s distinct personality. Already blessed with natural advantages, farms are undergoing revitalization adding improved clones to their older stock. Everywhere one goes in Los Bejucos there are sliding roof dryers in various stages of conservation. There is something seductive about the flavor profile of this origin: a powerful yet round blend of satisfying cacao, rich dried fruits like prunes, walnuts, a hint of black olives, and fresh berry notes.Soil & geographical features
Humid subtropical. Clay loam soil. Northern Mountain Range, Canete, Nona and Nonaita Rivers
Chocolatey citrus with walnuts and wood, grassy undertones and hints of strawberry, almond and geranium.
In 2007 the province of Salcedo was officially renamed Hermanas Mirabal in honor of the three Mirabal sisters, who heroically defied the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo and were assassinated by Trujillo’s minions in 1960. To this day, neighboring cacao farmers treasure a special link with the Mirabal family, who also grew cacao. The farmers’ commitment to biodiversity through the organic farming program developed by the Rizek Group’s FUPAROCA (Fundación Para La Asistencia Social, Recuperación y Manejo Orgánico de Plantaciones Cacaoteras) agency preserves one side of the Mirabal sisters’ legacy: respect for all forms of life.Soil & geographical features
Tropical Rainforest, Clay loam soil, Limestone and coarse-grained calcareous conglomerates, Cordillera Septentrional (a mountain chain running parallel to the north coast of the Dominican Republic) and Cenoví River. For more information on Mirabal, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chocolate core with bittersweet grapefruit, walnuts, wood and olive complexity, balanced with the vegetable tartness of physalis (goldenberry), and blackberry.
As in other parts of the Monte Plata province that contribute cacao to the Rizek Essentials origin collection, it seems as if cacao has been there for centuries along with the farms in the municipalities of Yamasá, Peralvillo, and Bayaguana that account for the bulk of cacao production. But the history of the region is far more complex than meets the eye. Cacao has come into its own only in recent decades to diversify an economy that has largely depended on sugar cane, tobacco, and cattle ranching, concentrated largely in flatter lands of the province.Soil & geographical features
Sub-tropical Rainforest, argillaceous soil, Sierra de Yamasá (Yamasá Mountain Range) and Ozama and Yabacao Rivers.