The Netherlands-based Daarnhouwer has become the first company to import to the European mainland cocoa from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Daarnhouwer, which trades specialty cocoa and coffee among other products, is working with the Saint Vincent Cocoa Company, which it describes as the driving force behind the export of the cocoa. The company’s projected production by next year is of 100 tonnes.
María Salvadora Jiménez, a flavour and marketing specialist at the company, told C&CI, “We purchased a modest containerload which is stored in Amsterdam in a specialized warehouse along our other varieties from at least 35 different countries.
“As a specialized fine flavour cocoa trader, we strive to offer a wide palette of flavours to chocolate makers in Europe and other parts of the world. These small chocolate makers are artists looking for new, exciting tones to add to or improve their product range.
“The Vincentian flavour palette is very interesting: bright citrus acidity with hints of passion fruit and floral honey followed by tones of bread, cashew and ends a light sprinkle of saffron.”
Pump Street Bakery in the UK has imported the beans directly to the UK for their own production.