In terms of criollo cocoa, there are several varieties, including Porcelana, grown in the municipality of Maracaibo and considered one of the best cocoa in the world. Porcelana comes from the south of Lake Maracaibo, a region that is particularly humid. Genetically, it belongs to the species of pure Criollo.
Porcelana-trees are small and have fine and short branches. The leaves are green or pale pink. Porcelana is also one of the most sensitive cocoa varieties. Therefore, it is more susceptible to insects and diseases.
The cocoa is found only in very fine chocolates and is highly prized by renowned chocolatiers. There are only a few chocolate manufacturers in the world that use Porcelana to make some of their chocolates. The main reasons are the high price and the overall limited availability.
Porcelana is the purest form of criollo cocoa and has always been considered the noblest cocoa. Therefore, the price is much higher than other types of cocoa.
Porcelana is a very mild and delicate cocoa and has a fully refined aroma profile with perfect balance of acidity, low astringency and refreshing bitterness.
You can taste notes of strawberries, cream, nut caramel and light spice with a buttery texture. Many of the flavors are not immediately picked out. It is not a complex cocoa, but the delicacy and balanced, long-lasting flavor make Porcelana an unforgettable experience.
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