GoGround Beans & Spices works with 113 micro-farmers across the Idukki Hills in southern India’s Kerala region.
A social enterprise led by Ellen Taerwe and Luca Beltrami, GoGround’s centralized fermentation and drying center in the village of Udumbannoor is operated by a team of local Malayalis. The majestic landscape of the green hills of Idukki, rich in biodiversity, creates exceptional conditions for cocoa cultivation. An abundance of fruits and spices including coconut, papaya, mango, jackfruit, black pepper, nutmeg and cardamom can be found intercropped with cacao trees.
While many varieties of trinitario and forastero thrive in Kerala, the locally developed “Mankuva” is most commonly found throughout the Idukki Hills. Beans are fermented for approximately 6 days in 3-tiered cascading Wild Jack wood boxes. Following fermentation, they are transferred to covered wooden tables for sun drying. Tasting notes include creamy butterscotch, sweet caramel, hazelnut and honey with a hint of spice and low acidity.
VARIETY / TYPE:
Jack Wood Boxes
Sun dried on nylon lined wooden trays
April – July
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Naked Revenue Sharing Opportunity:
GoGround is always actively involved in local sustainability-based projects. Naked Cacao will help contribute funds from our program to both of GoGround’s current projects which include providing farmers with organic-based farm treatments to help manage tree health, in addition to distributing trees from a local nursery. The team will promote budded seedlings from a nearby nursery that houses the local trinitario variety, naturally developed for high range areas.