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Heirloom Cacao Designation given to Puentespina Farms!

Posted on January 29, 2019

Another celebration of hard work in the name of Philippine chocolate!

We are truly grateful & deeply honored to receive the Heirloom Cacao Designation from the Heirloom Cacao Preservation (HCP) Fund to start the new year!  We’re very proud to bring this honor to our country. First in & for the Philippines!

To become designated ’heirloom cacao’ is an incredibly high standard to meet.

Our very own cacao farm – Puentespina Farm is now designated as HEIRLOOM producers of quality & flavor cacao beans at origin by the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund in partnership with the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) & US Dept of Agriculture (USDA)! Mabuhay!

The announcement was made during the FCIA Elevate Chocolate Event – Winter 2019 in San Francisco last January 12, 2019.

“We are elated to be part of this very small group of farmers who have been given this designation as Heirloom Cacao. We are only the 16th to be given this honor, and the first in the Philippines,” said Charita Puentespina, proud farmer & founder of Puentespina Farms and Malagos Chocolate.

Puentespina Farms’ entry was designated the 16th heirloom cacao in the world by a super majority of the HCP’s tasting panel.

Heirloom cacao is considered the diamonds of cacao. They are the foundation of great chocolate. The trees and beans are considered heirloom variety because of a combination of their historic, cultural, botanical, geographical and flavor value.

Here’s the link https://hcpcacao.org for more information on HCP and its methodology.

This is the 2nd  international recognition awarded to our cacao farm. In October 2017, the beans from Puentespina Farm were recognized as one of the ‘BEST 50 CACAO BEAN SAMPLES’ in the world by the Cocoa Excellence Programme held in France. Our beans were selected out of the total 166 cacao beans samples received from 40 countries that year.

Last year 2018, our finished product – Malagos Chocolate also received international accolades with 18 international & one (1) GOLD national awards from prestigious fine chocolate competitions such as the Academy of Chocolate, Great Taste, and International Chocolate Awards. To date, our company already garnered a total of 29 international & one (1) GOLD national accolades (including two for Puentespina Farm).

A rising tide lifts all boats. We want the cacao farmers to realize the earning potential of cacao, and how they can raise their game so that they, too, can produce world-class chocolates. When we raise the awareness of how valuable our cacao is, we are able to uplift the lives of farmers and encourage the growth of an entire industry.

Thank you for the continued support! Daghang salamat!

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Malagos Book of Chocolate

Posted on September 24, 2018

In celebration of our 6th year anniversary, we decided to publish a book that would tell our story – our journey as farmers & chocolate makers. We hope that when you read the words & see the pictures you will become part of our story, and that whenever you taste our chocolate, you will taste the grace of our blessings and the fruits of the earth .

The Malagos Book of Chocolate also features the history and versatility of Philippine couverture chocolate including recipes contributed by chefs ranging from Romy Dorotan, Myrna Segismundo, and Claude Tayag, to Jordy Navarra, Josh Boutwood, JP Anglo, and Enzo Lim – among many others.

We are truly grateful to all our recipe contributors.

A very special thank you to Ms. Amy Besa for writing the foreword.

The team that brought the book to life – Neil Oshima, creative direction & photography; Clinton Palanca, words; Ginny Guzman, food styling & recipe wrangling; Bea Misa-Crisostomo, recipe & copy editing; and Miguel Lugtu, book design.

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2018 World Cocoa Conference

Posted on May 01, 2018

Philippines, represent!

We are very much honored to be part of the 2018 World Cocoa Conference, the leading event for the global cocoa and chocolate sector in Berlin, Germany last April 22-24.

Our very own farmer and Chocolate Maker, Rex Puentespina, gave a talk on ‘What is the Secret of Producing the Best Chocolate’ under Track 3 - Sustainable Consumption at the World Cocoa Conference on April 24.  Another first for the Philippines!

 

The World Cocoa Conference is the ideal forum to examine issues across the value chain  by bringing together all stakeholders, from both producing and consuming countries. Click http://worldcocoaconference.org for more information.

 

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Our factory is now HACCP-certified!

Posted on January 15, 2018

Cacao beans sourced from only one particular region carry with them a more distinctive and pronounced taste.  The beans produced by our cacao farm – Puentespina Farm is one of the BEST 50 IN THE WORLD.  More information here.  

Malagos Chocolate is made from single-origin cacao beans grown on our farms in the foothills of Mt. Talomo in the Davao region of the Philippines’s Mindanao island. It is chocolate harvested from carefully nurtured trees and processed without the stain of child labor.

We observe fair trade to make sure everyone benefits from what we believe is one of the best chocolates in the world.

Our certifications to date:

(1) Our cacao farm is GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) – certified by Philippine Department of Agriculture.

(2) Our cacao nursery and budwood garden are certified by the Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry and the National Seeds Council.

(3) Food safety is our number one priority. We are proud to say that our factory is now:

GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) – certified by the Philippine Food & Drugs Administration;
Philippine FDA (Food & Drugs Administration) – registered;
Philippine CPR (Certificate of Product Registration) – registered for all our products;
USFDA (United States Food & Drugs Administration) – registered;
HALAL – certified by the Islamic Da’wah Council of the Philippines, Inc (IDCP); and
HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) – certified by TÜV SÜD PSB Philippines Inc. It’s a Food Safety Management System to ensure the chocolates produced in our factory are safe.

Here’s a snapshot of how we make our chocolates from TREE to BAR.

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50TH Asean Summit Puts Spotlight on Philippine Chocolates

Posted on November 30, 2017

Malagos Chocolate’s ASEAN box becomes the souvenir of choice from the Philippines...

ONLY THE BEST FOR ASEAN

 


When the Philippines put its best foot forward as the host of the 50th ASEAN Summit in Manila last November 2017, one of the ways it did so was to give the ASEAN spouses a souvenir that represented the best of the Philippines.

The spouses of the ASEAN leaders received limited-edition gift boxes containing chocolates from Malagos Chocolate. The gift was a selection of Madam Honeylet Avancena, as a token to her counterparts among the ASEAN spouses.

This comes shortly after the beans from Malagos Chocolate's cacao farm - Puentespina Farm was named one of the Best 50 in the World, a recognition given to it at the 2017 Salon du Chocolat in Paris, France.

The award, given by the Cocoa Excellence Programme, recognizes quality, flavor and diversity. The award emphasizes not only the importance of quality production but also the benefits to be derived from promoting genetic diversity and preserving know-how in the production of cocoa.

The ASEAN gift box sold out shortly after it was announced as the souvenir of choice for the ASEAN spouses. It contained a selection of Malagos Chocolates’ award-winning products, namely the 65% Dark Chocolate bar, 72% Dark Chocolate bar, the 85% Dark Chocolate bar, and the multi-awarded Premium Unsweetened Chocolate. Combined, the chocolates contained in the ASEAN gift box have been the recipient of nine international and two local awards.

The Philippines, as the ASEAN’s host country could not have chosen a more fitting souvenir.

As the ten ASEAN member-countries work toward achieving a common vision of growth through economic, political, social and cultural cooperation, Malagos Chocolates represents the vast potential of the region to become a major player in the international scene.

In the process of winning the distinction, Malagos Chocolate's cacao beans  underwent a preliminary physical quality evaluation, besting more than a hundred contenders from 40 countries.

After passing this level, its beans were carefully processed into liquor and untempered chocolate for a blind sensory evaluation by a panel of international experts. Following this rigorous examination, only 50 were selected for processing into tempered and moulded chocolate for sensory evaluation of a broader panel of experts.

Malagos Chocolates prides itself in being a single-origin chocolate, its production being tree-to-bar and sourced only from the cacao trees grown in the southern Philippine province of Davao. The award is particularly significant because the focus is on the bean itself.

Malagos operates a 70-hectare farm and employs around 100 farmers. It also sources wet cacao beans from neighboring farms to promote sustainability in the community. In addition, the company built training facilities on the farm to teach good cacao growing practices.

Please contact us or send us an email at sales@malagoschocolate.com for inquiries.

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2017 COCOA EXCELLENCE PROGRAMME HELD IN PARIS, FRANCE

Posted on November 05, 2017

We’re very proud to announce that our cacao farm – Puentespina Farm  is now recognized as one of the producers of the BEST 50 BEANS IN THE WORLD.  A total of 166 cacao beans samples were received from 40 countries at the 2017 Edition of the Cocoa Excellence Programme in France! This is a valuable recognition since the focus of the evaluation is on the bean quality – the raw material itself!

This is huge for the cacao industry as this proves that Philippine beans can compete side side with the other top producers from cacao-growing countries. Mabuhay ang magsasakang Pilipino!

The BEST 50 BEAN SAMPLES were processed into chocolates by the international technical committee and celebrated at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris last 28 Oct – 1 Nov.

The Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) Programme is the entry point for cocoa producers to participate in the International Cocoa Awards (ICA), a global competition recognizing the work of cocoa farmers and celebrating the diversity of cocoa flavours.

List of the best 50 samples https://www.cocoaofexcellence.org/-the-best-50-samples-2017/. We are on page 25.

More about the Cocoa Excellence Programme  http://www.cocoaofexcellence.org/about-us.

Our venture into cacao growing started in 2003 when our founders, Roberto and Charita Puentespina, leased a cacao farm in Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City. A farmer at heart, Charita Puentespina rehabilitated the trees and soon after harvested the cacao pods. We now operate a 60-hectare cacao farm and employ around 100 in-house farmers.  In addition to our own harvest, we also source wet cacao beans from small growers in the area to promote sustainability in the community.  We also built a training facility on the farm to teach farmers good cacao growing practices.

We grow Trinitario clones, a cross between the Criollo and Forastero varieties, specifically and predominantly the UF 18, BR 25 and PBC 123 clones.

These fine flavor beans are what we use in our award-winning chocolates that have already earned 23 international and 1 GOLD national awards to date.

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First Chocolate Museum in the Country!

Posted on March 17, 2017

March 8, 2017 marked the opening of The Malagos Chocolate Museum in Malagos Garden Resort, the first in the country.

The museum boasts of interactive cacao and chocolate installation that is divided into four parts:

1. The Museum Section where you will learn about the wonders of the cacao and chocolate-making through infographics, AVP, audio lectures, and interactive displays.

2. The Interactive Zone where you can play games with Beanie, the Malagos Chocolate mascot.

3. The Chocolate Bar where you can enjoy all sorts of Malagos Chocolate food and drinks.

 

4. The Malagos Chocolate Laboratory where you can make your own chocolate!

The Intimate Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was attended by close friends and family. The museum doors were opened to the public by 2:00pm to which some distinguished guests enjoyed a glimpse of the first Malagos Chocolate “Tree-to-Bar” Experience.


The TREE-TO-BAR Experience, a must-tour for the chocoholics, is now available. Click here for more information.

 


 

FAQs

(1)  What is the Tree To Bar Experience?

It is a guided walking tour of our award-winning Puentespina Farm and its post-harvest facilities.  Tour is within the premises of our Malagos Garden Resort  and will take about 1 to 1.5 hours.

(2)  Does the Tree To Bar Experience require advance booking  / reservation?

Yes.  Kindly email reservations@malagos.com for booking / reservation.  This tour is available only from Monday - Saturday (excluding Sundays and holidays). There are two (2) schedules per day: 10am and 1pm.  Download rates here.  (Rates may change w/out prior notice).

(3)  Does visit to the Malagos Chocolate Museum require advance booking / reservation?

No. Walk-ins are welcome following 'first come, first served' basis. Operating schedule is Monday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.  Open on  holidays.  The museum is one of the attractions of our Malagos Garden Resort.  Download Malagos Resort  Brochure for rates:  page 1 and page 2.  (Rates may change w/out prior notice).

(4)  Does the chocolate-making activity at the Malagos Chocolate Lab require advance booking  / reservation?

No.  Walk-ins are welcome following 'first come, first served' basis.   Operating schedule is Monday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.  Open on holidays. This activity is one of the attractions of our Malagos Garden Resort.  Download Malagos Resort  Brochure for rates:  page 1 and page 2. 

Rates may change w/out prior notice. Contact us or email info@malagoschocolate.com | reservations@malagos.com for questions.

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