Types of cocoa beans

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There are three main types of the Theobroma Cacao species- two sub-species- Criollo and Forestario and a hybrid of the two-Trinitario. The difference is due to the unique protein type in each type of bean.

Criollo has the reputation of being the highest quality bean with a delicate, fine, complex flavor. However Criollo is difficult to grow due low disease resistance and low yield.

Forestario has high disease resistance and good yield. It has a rich robust flavor and is the type used in most commercial chocolates.

Trinitario is a hybrid of Criollo and Forestario and has the best qualities of both species.

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