Traveling to Dominican Republic and to source organic cacao. Can you help me?

Melanie Flores
07/30/09 03:03:59PM
2 posts
i will be taking a trip to the dominican republic this august for one week. I will be in the south central region. does anyone have any information and/or contacts for organic cacao beans over there? any help is greatly appreciated!thanks,-melanie
updated by @melanie-flores: 04/22/15 03:50:30AM
Francisco Pache
04/13/11 10:27:04AM
6 posts

Hello Malenie,

How are you?

I can see that you already travelled to Dominican Republic on 2009 and I am planning to go on May.

I would like to know if you visited some plantations over there (organic and no organic) and maybe you can recommend me where to go!!!

I want to visit plantations and open relationship with beans suppliers. And off course I want to learn the hole process of cocoa bean (fermented and dried beans).


Look forward for your comments...


04/13/11 11:31:16PM
754 posts
You could contact the Rizeks, the Roigs, or the Concanado co-op to start with. All have websites.
Eric Durtschi
04/15/11 01:32:06PM
38 posts

The names listed below are good. I already have sources of organic hispanola beans if you are interested. However, I am sure you want to get down there and see the whole process anyway. :-) Let me know if I can help in any way


Francisco Pache
04/15/11 02:15:01PM
6 posts

Thank you very much Sebastian!!!

I already talked to Nazario RIZEK and made an appointment in their offices in Santo Domngo. They will also take me to the "fincas" inside the country and spend the hole day!!! So your contact is excellent.

Thanks a lot!

Francisco Pache
04/15/11 02:16:37PM
6 posts

Hello Eric,

Thanks a lot for your comment.

I am interested if you have other sources of cocoa beans (organic and no organic).

Off course I want to see the hole process and I would like to visit them.

I have a hole week to travel all around Dominican Republic and visit growers and plantations.

04/16/11 04:24:52AM
754 posts

I would urge you to NOT let one organization know you're going to talk with the other organizations there.

Who did you speak with at Rizek - Masimillano (Max)? Ask him about his DVD to get the 'non business' relationship growing 8-)

Francisco Pache
04/18/11 09:28:17AM
6 posts

For the moment, nobody knows who I am going to visit.

I spoke to Chalyin and Yissel from RIZEK. They will take me to the fincas.

Maybe they can give me the DVD as well as Maximiliano..


Clay Gordon
04/18/11 01:09:12PM
1,680 posts

Francisco -

You might also want to get in touch with ChocolateLife member Vaagn (member name: Marabel Farms). They have a plantation along the north coast.

:: Clay

clay -
Francisco Pache
04/18/11 02:23:23PM
6 posts

Very good to know that!

I will contact him.

Thank you very much.


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