Organic farming, Fair Trade practices and impeccable artisan care all contribute to the outstanding quality of Finca San Antonio. Their use of a rare varietals of cacao such as Criollo also makes them stand out from the competition.
Criollo was the predominant cacao of central and northern South America for ages. Because of its low productivity and susceptibility to disease it now represents between 0.1% and 5% of the world’s crop. Finca San Antonio still cultivates this varietal of cacao in the northern region of San Martín. Their bars contain between 55% and 70% cacao, all of which is grown organically.
A study by Dr. Ibero from the Nutrition Research Center of the University of Navarra (Spain), published findings in the journal of Food & Nutrition Research showing that the daily intake of 1.4 grams (415 mg flavonoids) Cocoa has beneficial effects for obese individuals, may reduce systolic blood pressure and helps decrease depressive symptoms. A study published in January 2017 in the American Heart Journal shows that the consumption of chocolate may help support better cardiovascular health.
We are proud to carry the chocolates from Finca San Antonio. You can find their bars in The Prepared Food Annex near the flowers, air plants at vases at the parking lot side of the building.
As someone who personally enjoys chocolate daily, I can attest to the marvelous taste of these chocolate bars. See you around. -Sarah