The Award is organized by the Sustainable Productive Systems and Biodiversity project of the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO in Spanish), together with the Fundación Mucho A.C. and its Museo de Chocolate.

The award recogonizes excellence in fine flavor cacao coming from cacao farms that apply biodiversity-friendly practices in any of the ten countries that are a part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor initiative: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic,  El Salvador, Guatemala,  Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

The Mesoamerican Biodiversity-Friendly Cocoa Award aims to recognize the excellence of fine flavor cacao produced using biodiversity-friendly practices that is exceptional in terms of:
  • Flavor
  • Production practices that favor biodiversity
  • Potential in international markets

The jury will be comprised of invited experts from different countries, including the countries that form part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corredor. The jury will have the following composition:

The jury members will have the opportunity to participate in one of the evaluation panels, to evaluate the organoleptic characteristics of cacao beans, cacao liquor, and chocolate.

The evaluation panels will be accompanied and supervized by an auditor that is autonomous and
independent of the Award.

All of the cacao samples presented to the call for entries will receive a registration number to be
processed anonymously during the following phases:
First evaluation panel
50% of the samples evaluated will continue to the second phase.
Second evaluation panel
The finalists will be evaluated to choose the five best Mesoamerican cacaos of 2018.

The jury members of both panels will evaluate  cacao beans, cacao liquor, and chocolate  prepared
with the same standards using the submitted samples of cacao.

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