While today, most of the prized Criollo beans tend to come from South America (particularly Venezuela), it’s thought that the bean originated in Mexico. While Mexico’s modern cacao production is far behind some other Latin American countries, there is an increasing amount of growing happening in the Tabasco region.
We’ve been interested in getting more details about Tabasco cacao, but much of it is grown on small plantations (often part of larger co-ops), so it’s not as though you can find them on Google! Fortunately, doing some digging, I came across a list published by Mexico’s department of agriculture that has information on co-ops in Tabasco, including cacao co-ops. I also came across a website called Tabasco Market that lists a handful of producers.
A few of these actually have e-mail addresses, so we’re going to start there. Hopefully we’ll be able to get some information on exactly what they’re growing and how they’re growing it.