The Criollo Project
Criollo is an heirloom variety of cacao and its cultivation and use can be traced back to the Mayas and Aztecs. However, over time, the cultivation of this variety was gradually abandoned due to its low yield, and thus, it was almost lost. Today, this rare variety of cacao represents only 0.001% of all the cacao produced in the world. Unlike other cacao varieties, which contain astringent and rough tannins, Criollo is known around the world for its unique creaminess, roundedness and sweetness, as it does not contain any tannins. The result is unrivaled cacao quality. Through the Criollo Project, Domori has recovered this precious variety and simultaneously created the largest plantation of its kind in the world, Hacienda San José located in Venezuela.
Hacienda San José
In Venezuela, Domori has established a 50% joint venture with the famous Franceschi family, owners of Hacienda San José. Domori's Criollo recovery project was born from this collaboration. Until 2002, when Domori acquired 50% of the plantation, it was carried out through research, project design, and the construction of the first nurseries. With a total surface area of 320 hectares, of which 185 are cultivated with cacao grafts with a density of 1000 plants per hectare, the plantation today represents a world heritage of taste and biodiversity, as Domori recovered over 7 varieties of Criollo cacao.