A collection that celebrates the depth and excellence of Rizek Cacao. Cacao was introduced into the Dominican Republic over a period of 5 centuries.
We have selected and analyzed these unique clones based on historical significance and exclusivity.
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Cacao Beans El Ramonal
Cacao Beans West Indian
Cacao Beans La Esmeralda – Single Estate
Cacao Beans Tireo – Single Estate
Cacao Beans Mirabilis
Cacao Beans Añejo or Special Old Dark
Cacao Beans Nacional Dominicano
Rich chocolate notes, pleasant acidity and hints of black pepper and olive. Reminiscent of wood. Some spices and nuts, ending on a long aftertaste.
These cacao beans originate from the Tireo farm, neighboring our world-renowned farm Los Ancones. You may know it as one of the single estate chocolate bar with several Academy of Chocolate and International Chocolate Awards, and known as the 1st CRU plantation chocolate. This origin has represented the promise of Dominican cacao internationally with honor. The chocolate represents the special attributes that contribute to this origin’s distinct personality.
Typical notes of Caribbean cacao, racemosa pepper, licorice and ginger. Pleasant acidity and fruity aftertaste.
This cacao bean recipe benefits, on a holistic level, from the composition of other crops growing in the region and the specific farms. To be precise, the native West Indian bay trees and ginger crops, positively impact this exotic flavor profile.
Notes of red, dried and fermented fruits, a light touch of red wine and a delicate hint of acidity. Medium chocolate flavor.
El Ramonal is one of our established Denomination of Origin, since 2012. El Ramonal is a hilly region in the eastern part of Duarte Province known for splendid views, lush vegetation, and small cacao farms built on steep slopes. Carefully protected from soil erosion by strategic planting of useful ground covers and towering shade trees, it supports a wealth of small inter-cropped organic cacao farms that can look like intimate tropical paradises or inexhaustible home gardens.
Medium chocolate notes. Ripe fruits and olive. Light acidity and hints of woods (cedar), and spices.
Single Estate cacao beans, an exceptional profile originated from our very own Hacienda La Esmeralda, an enchanting farm located in San Francisco de Macorís. 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 1,200kg on a yearly basis. These beans were awarded “Cocoa of Excellence” by the International Cocoa Awards organization in 2013.
An initial chocolate note, followed by aromas of raisins with rum. A distinct oaky note, along with cacao and tobacco, become present. Long aftertaste.
These beans are well-fermented and cured in barrels that were formerly used for the production of rum. Our cacao is stored in these barrels for months. In this period, all the aromas of wood and rum penetrate the beans.
Initially roasted nuts, dried fruits such as raisins and prunes are perceived. In the middle of tasting floral woodsy stroke.
Dominican Nacional is our first bar with beans from the Rizek Historical Selection, a collection that celebrates the depth and excellence of Rizek Cacao. We have selected and analyzed unique clones from previous centuries based on historical significance and exclusivity. The Dominican Nacional has Ecuadorian DNA with Dominican blood. Pure, old EET’s (Estacion Experimental Tropical) grafted onto robust Dominican rootstock.