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Unlocking Flavourful Chocolate: The Magic of Cacao Fermentation Boxes

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Today, we are thrilled to unveil an exciting and transformative chapter in our cocoa journey—the Cacao Fermentation Boxes Project!

At Rio Nuevo Chocolate, we take pride in our commitment to sustainable practices and the welfare of our farmers. Our collaboration with Falmouth University is a remarkable step towards enhancing the future of chocolate, all while leaving a positive impact on our environment and the communities we cherish.

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Cacao Fermentation Boxes: the Secret to Flavourful Chocolate

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Introducing the Cacao Fermentation Boxes Project

Picture a visionary venture where tradition meets ingenuity—a journey to redefine the art of cacao fermentation. Our goal is to create fermentation boxes that not only harness local expertise but also adapt seamlessly to the unique climate and conditions of the cloud forest environment. These adaptable boxes will cater to our farmers' diverse needs, including volume, temperature, and the use of locally available materials. By doing so, we empower our farmers and nurture a sustainable cocoa ecosystem.

Cacao Fermentation Boxes: The Secret to Flavourful Chocolate

Cacao fermentation boxes are specially designed containers used in a natural transformation process for cacao beans. During fermentation, biochemical reactions occur inside the box, breaking down bitterness and creating complex flavours that make chocolate so delicious.

Fermentation is the key to unlocking the full potential of cacao flavour, resulting in fruity, nutty, floral, and caramel-like notes.

Embracing Innovation with Falmouth University

We couldn't be more thrilled to join forces with the brilliant minds at Falmouth University. Their expertise and creativity are precisely what we need to craft solutions that make a lasting impact. Together, we embark on a journey to explore existing local materials, tools, and knowledge. With this powerful collaboration, we are one step closer to reshaping the future of chocolate in harmony with our planet.

Creating Change with Purpose

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Our ambition extends beyond our brand. We envision a world where every bite of Rio Nuevo Chocolate embodies the essence of positive change. By developing sustainable cacao fermentation boxes, we take strides towards reducing our ecological footprint and supporting the flourishing communities in Ecuador. Your continued support empowers us to embrace this journey with passion and purpose.

Meet the Visionaries

Let us introduce the extraordinary minds leading this cocoa revolution:

- Andrew Harbert: Technical & Facilities Manager

- John Peters: Senior Technician

- Oliver Hatfield: Senior Technician

- Rachel Koerner: Business Development Manager

A Message from Technical & Facilities Manager at Falmouth University, Andy Harbert

“The team will develop the prototype, test and evaluate it, and then share the knowledge and measure its impact with the farmers, chocolate producer, and local community. A perfect example of Knowledge Exchange activity. This project also demonstrates how our talented technical staff can make a real economic and social difference, leading significant projects with international reach and providing a valuable case study."

Inspiring Words from Falmouth University's Business Development Manager, Rachel Koerner

"It’s been a pleasure to work with Sara and Andres over the last couple of years in the growth of what is a truly ethical business. To create this brief, matching the skills of our technician team with a need of the direct trade chocolate industry, is a fantastic opportunity for Falmouth University to support not just environmentally conscious business practices and innovation, but an inspirational local business too."

Together, We Create a Sweeter Legacy

This journey goes beyond mere boxes; it's about creating a legacy of sustainability and delicious experiences. With each bite of Rio Nuevo Chocolate, you indulge in a beautiful story of positive change and meaningful impact.

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Your Voice Matters

We value your incredible support and curiosity. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or a sprinkle of encouragement to share, don't hesitate to reach out. After all, you're a vital part of our chocolate family, and we treasure every connection we make.

Stay Tuned for Sweet Updates

As we progress, we'll keep you informed about our exciting developments, milestones, and heartwarming success stories. Together, we'll savour the taste of positive change, one cocoa bean at a time.


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