Ingemann Puts Nicaragua on the Map for Fine Cocoa

Ingemann Cocoa Beans

Ingemann Cocoa is a cocoa bean producer who’s built close relationships with cocoa bean growers to ensure consistently high quality cocoa beans through training, financing, and higher prices to growers. They believe that the quality of the product should benefit all people involved in the supply chain. They guarantee each producer 30-year market access to a higher price than any existing premium.

The Process

Genetics

Ingemann has traveled the country to look for heirloom fine cocoa trees. All their varieties are Trinitario Acriollados, varieties with a high flavor potential which, processed correctly, will provide some of the finest beans in the world.

Reproduction

More than one million fine cocoa trees have been planted, helping to reforest Nicaragua and mitigate climate change and preserve the fine cocoa sector.

Training

To help our producers get the most of their plantation we train them and give them free technical assistance on plantation and farm management.

Collection

The producers harvest, carefully separate the pods per variety, and break open the fruit. Our truck travels to the field weekly, collecting the wet mass at each farm gate directly in the wooden fermentation boxes.

Fermentation

We have developed and adapted post-harvest protocols for each variety. The beans are carefully fermented in wooden boxes placed on cascades. PH and temperature are monitored throughout the process to ensure correct fermentation and develop the best flavors.

Drying & Sorting

The beans are dried on platforms under the sun until they reach 7% humidity. The beans are carefully sorted to discard double, small and flat beans. After this, the beans are stored in a warehouse in jute bags, waiting for export.

Quality Checks

PH of the wet mass, PH of the bean, temperature, humidity level, size of the beans, cut-tests and tastings are some of the quality checks carried out post-harvest. Everything is registered, stored for traceability and shared with you on the Lot Identity Sheet.

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