Castronovo Patanemo Venezuela

Updated: Aug 6

70% Fine Flavor Cacao - Signature Collection

Ingredients: cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter

Batch Nr 994

On the coast of Venezuela nestled high in the mountains lies a small village founded by runaway slaves. The name of their village, Patanemo, is derived from "paz tenemos" which means "we have peace". Venezuela is known for the best cacao in the world, having many cacao varieties with Criollo content. Patanemo stands out for its complex comforting flavors of apricots, floral jasmine, cashew, coffee, and caramel that evolve as it melts in your mouth leaving a long-lasting chocolate finish.

Patanemo is also the most remote Venezuelan town on the Carabobeño coast, just where the road ends, it is in a state of starvation, forgotten in time, but this does not prevent it from maintaining the tradition and care of the treasured seed in force. It was initially a commandery site, dominated by the colonizers. It was a Spanish settlement founded in 1551 by Juan de Villegas. Then the Christianity managed to establish itself within the population in the mid-seventeenth century. The development of cocoa plantations was indeed linked to the work of the church. Specifically, around 1670 Ensign Juan Francisco de Elgueta promoted the establishment of the town and a church, which was finally approved by the Cabildo on April 22 of that year. One of the most important owners of cocoa plantations was Don Lorenzo de Cordova. In 1773, the traveling bishop Mariano Martí visited the bay and gave it the name of San Juan Bautista del Valle de Patanemo.

The land of Patanemo is rich in cultural heritage where, due to ancestral customs, the Fiesta de San Juan Bautista and Los Diablos Danzantes de Patanemo are celebrated at the end of June, accompanied by the ringing of the best drums that make locals and even the stiffest from tourists.

Patanemo Bay is a very unique place with beautiful landscapes surrounded by huge mountains and a beautiful beach that lives up to its name. The Bay of Patanemo belongs to the Puerto Cabello Municipality of the Carabobo State, it is preceded by the Bocaína Lagoon, the extensive vegetation and fauna welcome the town full of essence and work of the land, its narrow streets and bahareque houses evoke a time of sacrifice and work. In Patanemo, there are nearly 30 producers who work in conjunction with the cooperative network of other producers and artisans, or on their own, such as Juan Antonio Ávila who has been recognized as one of the producers with the largest plantation of cocoa in the area.

Shiny and homogeneous on the surface

Brown color ******

Aroma: sweetly spicy, jasmine flower

Mouthfeel: warm

Texture: creamy

Snap: good

Structure/Hardness: ****

Texture: ******

Roundness: ******

Sweetness: ****

Aromatic finesse: *****


Astringency: **

Bitterness: ***

Intensity: ***

Complexity: ***

Length/Aftertaste: *******

Flavor profile: Patanemo cocoa presents an intense variety of qualities that combine soft notes of flowers, dried fruits (apricots), and nuts (cashew) accompanied by aromas of sweet spices such as cinnamon and cloves. Thanks to the flowering of the mountains helped with pollen, the fruit is nourished with a soft aroma and takes on a "sweet clove" flavor that adds that particular touch that only "Cacao Patanemo" has. This bar perfectly captures all the qualities of this special cacao origin: solid chocolate/cacao background from the very beginning, sweet cinnamon, and soft clove-bitter notes in succession, before developing an intense caramelized panela sugar finish with some nutty-licious sweet espresso undertones.

The aftertaste is particularly caramelized and mouthwatering.

It is also slightly flowery, herbaceous, and woody.

This tasting experience will bring harmony and positiveness, in a perfect balance between refinement and sophistication. A stimulating promise for the future. A feast of lightness that is staged with rare quality and distinction.

Thank you to Pepi of CocoaStore and Denise of Castronovo Chocolate for this sample to try.

Values expressed in stars from 1 to 8. If the bar is extraordinarily close to perfection, I can go up to 10.