Our Cacao Producers: The Cacep Family

All our organic cacao stems from this one family’s hacienda in Tabasco – a hacienda that has been in the family for more than 150 years. Through the years the family has produced numerous crops – but they have always had cacao trees as there are several varieties of cacao that are endemic to this area of Mexico. The family business is led by the father, Vicente Sr. and his two sons Vicente and Enrique.

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Our Cacao Producers: The Cacep Family

A Beautiful Hacienda

The hacienda itself is a beautiful symbiosis of sustainable wild forest, cacao plantations with many different varieties of cacao, bees for local pollination, vanilla, and much, much more. Cacao trees require shade in the heavy heat of the tropics, and the family uses the natural forest cover to provide a perfect climate for those beautiful cacao trees.

One of our founders, Pelle, spent some time there and wanted to share this:

“I lived on the hacienda for several days and was free to wander around the haciendas I pleased. I spent some time picking cacao with some of the workers there and had a chance to see the end-to-end cacao process – and had a chance to take a tour with the family tío, Florencio. Florencio is the most magnificent man – he married into the family and has basically not left the hacienda since.

I had the pleasure of having him explain the different special varieties they have on the hacienda – from the Criollo Rubio (endemic to this area of Mexico) to the “Sangre de Cristo” a blood-red cacao bean.

What struck me after a few days at the hacienda was how happy and tranquil everyone was. All the workers would sit down to eat a communal lunch every day – graciously allowing me to join – and there was just a genuinely positive environment.”

A Harmonious Approach

The family has land that spans more than 120 hectares – of which only some is used for cultivation. This is because the family believes in maintaining a balance between cultivation and wild nature, which means that they keep, and will continue to keep, a portion of their lands wild.