Natural São Tomé
São Tomé is a volcanic island off the West Coast of Africa and was one of the first African islands where cocoa was grown. It was first imported from Brazil around 1822 to São Tomé’s twin island Principe. Soon afterwards cultivation spread to São Tomé too. The yields are extremely limited (around 3,000 tons a year) but the quality is of a rarely equaled level.
São Tomese cocoa beans have a strong, distinctive taste with a firm body. They offer plenty of fruity, citrus aromas and subtle notes of olives, peas and spices. In fact, they have much in common with the original Brazilian cocoa, but with less sharpness. São Tomé is a classified Edel-Fine flavored cocoa origin.