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Jorge Hernandez, CEO of Bonao Cacao, was born in Bonao, a town in the Cibao sector of the Dominican Republic, approximately 52 miles northwest of the country’s capital, Santo Domingo.
One of 18 brothers and sisters—yes, that’s right, eighteen brothers and sisters—and the son of two cacao farmers, Jorge has made it his mission to provide high-quality, chemical-and-pesticide-free, raw, organic cacao beans to customers throughout Florida and nationwide. The Hernandez family is so dedicated to farming natural cacao that Abuelo Hernandez still farms and produces cacao, even at 90 years young!
The Hernandez Farm has been growing and harvesting organic cacao for more than eight decades and we hope to continue the tradition for years to come. Grandpa Hernandez, father of 18 children and a cacao farmer for longer than he can remember.
cacao butter cacao nibs The Hernandez cacao farm in Bonao, Dominican Republic.
Today, Bonao Cacao helps families in the Dominican Republic earn fair wages and safe livelihoods, and we are working toward our Fair Trade USA certification so that we can give back even more. Our goal is to educate consumers about the benefits of raw, organic cacao, and grow so that we can become even more involved in our communities both in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic.
We hand pick our cacao beans and see them through our harvesting process step-by-step. Our beans are delivered to you farm-to-finish, so we can ensure our quality standards are met and exceeded with every batch.
Cacao pods are harvested by removing ripe pods (yellow to purple in color) from trees, and, within 10 days, wet beans from inside the pods are extracted for fermentation. Fermentation occurs in a variety of ways; most people use wooden boxes to ferment the beans for 2 to 5 days, following this, they are then dried and process.
At the Hernandez Farm, we use the monton method, or "pilling" in English. First, we dig a small hole in the ground and place plantain leaves at the bottom of the hole to form a base. The wet cacao beans are placed in the hole on top of the plantain leaves and then covered with another layer of plantain leaves. Here, the cacao ferments for 3-5 days.
A second hole is then dug, where the beans, after the first fermentation process, are moved. This allows for initial drainage of the first batch plus further fermentation (an additional 2-3 days in the second hole) which yields richer nutrients in the cacao beans. To further drain the cacao, the beans are then placed into a burlap sack and transported to a warehouse where they will sit for an additions 2 to 3 days, soaking on an elevated wooden palette. This allows the cacao beans to finish draining.
After the beans are fermented, they are sun-dried, conserving their superfood composition. Our nibs are a product of these natural, untreated beans. Pulverizing the cacao nibs even further produces Bonao Cacao Powder, and extracting the fats from the powder yields Bonao Cacao Butter. Our cacao powder is unprocessed and never treated with chemicals or alkalis.
Do you love chocolate chip pancakes? These Coconut and Cacao Nibs Pancakes are a delicious and healthy treat. They are vegan
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a double boiler (or using a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water) melt butter, Stevia, cacao poder and salt to combine, stirring frequently.
2. Once the mixture is combined (be careful not to burn it!) remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Stir in eggs one at a time until completely combined.
3. Stir in flour. Once it is completely mixed through and no more white powder is visible, apply an additional 40 strokes with a wooden spoon. If using nuts, mix them in now.
4. Pour batter into a prepared 8x8 pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Cacao Brownies with Almond-Coconut Frosting and Salted Caramel Drizzle
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a 9x9 pan with coconut oil and line with parchment paper.
2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. In a food processor, combine all wet ingredients. Add the mixed dry ingredients to the food processor and mix well.
3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted halfway between the center and the edge of the pan comes out clean.
Why You Should Purchase Cacao Products From Us?
What separates us from other companies is our philosophy of producing them and focus on the highest quality possible. We use only natural methods of harvesting and fermentation. Unlike other companies that don't hand pick their beans and ferment them in wooden boxes, Bonaocacao beans are hand picked and fermented in a most natural way. We take pride in focusing on raising and producing one bean at a time with a great love and care. The end product is nothing else but spectacular that will guarantee your satisfaction. All of our beans are organic and kosher to ensure that the quality of the product is top notch.
You can order our cacao beans or other products through our website. All our beans are produced in Dominican Republic but we also have stock available in Florida for immediate delivery. If you are looking to order large orders we also can work with that. We are able to ship as much as 100,000 lbs of cacao beans to your doors. In case you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us, you can do so through our website
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