The La Reunion Estate, where we get our Trinitario beans is located near the foothills of the Northern Range of Trinidad. Managed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries of Trinidad, it is home to the Cocoa Research Section of the Ministry of Food Production. Established in the late 1940s for research, support and development of the cocoa sector
La Reunion continues to produce award winning high quality Trinitario, for the Salon du Chocolate in Paris every year. In 2017, beans from La Reunion received Silver award from the Academy of Chocolate, UK
It was a natural union between the Criollo and Forastero cocoa varieties, which led to the Trinitario. Criollo beans are said to have the finest flavor. Though, it is not tolerant to pest and disease and produces low yield. Forastero is the most common bean found in the production of commercial chocolate. The Forastero was brought into Trinidad and planted alongside the Criollo. The natural hybridization between the two resulted in the Trinitario.
The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), a global organization, composed of both producing and consuming member countries has designated Trinidad and Tobago as a 100 percent fine or flavour cocoa producer. It is a status we have held for decades.
Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Good quality dark chocolate is health-giving goodness. One serving of dark chocolate contains fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium
Loaded with Antioxidants
Dark chocolate is packed with a wide variety of powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants can protect against dangerous diseases and neurodegenerative diseases.
Improves brain function
Cocoa or dark chocolate is said to generally increase blood flow, which can improve brain function. It also contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine are also linked to increased brain function in the short term
Lower the risk of heart attack
An improved blood flow can cause a small decrease in blood pressure, particularly for people with hypertension
Protection from the sun
Some studies show that the flavanols from cocoa can improve blood flow to the skin, working inside out to protect it from sun damage.