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More Snapshots From Sourcing Season: Guatemala

More snapshots from Jesse's journeys visiting cacao farmers in Guatemala, his first stop of 2016's #sourcingseason!

Three female farmers in the community about to enjoy our chocolate. Cacao production has traditionally been dominated by men, so much respect to these women pioneers!
"Three female farmers in the community about to enjoy our chocolate. Cacao production has traditionally been dominated by men, so much respect to these women pioneers!"
Farmers gather among the cacao trees to discuss issues facing their cooperative, including whether or not to become organic certified
"Farmers gather among the cacao trees to discuss issues facing their cooperative, including whether or not to become organic certified."
Many Guatemalan farmers grow corn for consumption while the cacao serves as a crop to generate cash.
"Many Guatemalan farmers grow corn for consumption while the cacao serves as a crop to generate cash."
In this box, the harvested cacao beans heat up and ferment, releasing flavors like red fruit, caramel and nuttiness that reflect the unique terroir of the region.
"In this box, the harvested cacao beans heat up and ferment, releasing flavors like red fruit, caramel and nuttiness that reflect the unique terroir of the region."

One of the challenging issues that comes up in Direct Trade cacao sourcing is the issue of the pros and cons organic certification for farmers. This choice is being debated in the Guatemalan communities Jesse visits. Stay tuned for his next blog post, which will get into this tricky topic.

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