DILIMAN, Quezon City—A Pinoy chocolate brand made from the cacao beans that are produced by farmers in Quezon is getting the attention of consumers within and outside the province.
The “Tangerine” chocolate products of the Four K Kakao Farm in Gumaca, Quezon is slowly gaining its local market which includes some areas in Metro Manila.
“Our products are available for pre-order through Facebook. At the moment, the cacao beans that we get are only enough for a small volume of demand,” Marven Sadili, agriculturist at Four K Kakao Farm, said in a radio interview.
All cacao beans are bought from farmers in Quezon, including the members of the Kakao Integrated Development for Livelihood and Transformation (KIDLAT) from the province’s fourth district. The said farmers’ organization was established through the support of Governor Helen Tan.
“Tangerine” has the dark chocolate line which includes 100% tablea, choco yema, choco banana crunch, and 72% dark chocolate sugar-free. There is also the milk chocolate line, which is comprised of milk chocolate, dark milk chocolate, panutsa, rocky road panutsa, mendiants, pineapple bark, green mango and sea salt, chocolate spoon, and mocha tablea.
Four K Kakao Farm also has their own 16-hectare cacao production area where more than 2,500 cacao trees are planted using the UF18 and BR25 varieties.
According to Sadili, it is important to choose high-quality seeds to ensure a productive harvest. Proper care and maintenance should also be given to the crop to prevent pest and diseases.
Sadili shared more about their cacao farming and processing venture during the “Agri Asenso” teleradyo program of the Agricultural Training Institute last February 4, 2023. The full interview is available at https://fb.watch/iAhsQF_WLH/.