Cocoa beans grow in pods on trees. Most of the world’s cocoa is grown in a narrow belt 20 degrees north and south of the equator. The cocoa tree has broad, dark leaves and pale coloured flowers from which bean pods grow.
Cocoa trees begin to bear fruit when they are 3 to 4 years old. They produce pink and white flowers throughout the year. The prods grow straight out of the trunk or the main branches. Only a small portion of the flowers develop into fruit over a period of about 5 months. The trees are carefully pruned so that pods can be more easily harvested. Each tree yields 30 to 40 pods per year.
Ripe pods are harvested during the peak season. The high pods are cut with large knives and collected in large baskets. The pods are split open by hand and the seeds or beans, which are covered with a sweet white pulp, are removed ready to undergo the 2 part curing process: fermentation and drying. This prepares the beans for market and transport to our factory.
Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa
Rainforest Alliance Certified is one of the largest sustainability programs for cocoa, coffee and tea in the world. Within the Rainforest Alliance Certified program farmers are trained to use cost efficient, environmentally and socially responsible farming practices. This way farmers become professional and responsible entrepreneurs and sustainable agricultural supply chains can be achieved.
Duo Penotti buys 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa powder.
For more information: ra.org
Penotti Organic uses Fairtrade ingredients that have been traded in compliance with Fairtrade standards, ensuring farmers a fair price for their cocoa beans and sugar. For more information about the Fairtrade program: