Davao cacao farmer wins world’s top 20 best cacao beans

Aileen Cerrudo
Davao cacao farmer Jose Saguban

Davao cacao farmer Jose Saguban has won the main award for the top 20 best cacao beans in the world in the International Cacao Awards (ICA) in Paris, France.

On Wednesday (October 30), Saguban received the award in an exclusive evening ceremony held at Salon Du Chocolat 2019, in Paris, France.

Saguban is a farming partner of local chocolate brand Auro Chocolate.

The chocolate brand is also ecstatic for his achievement.

“We won!!! Not only did Mang Jose make it to the Top 50, he also won the main award for TOP 20 best cacao beans in the world,” according to their post. “It’s been a long journey since we started working with Mang Jose who was trained by our resident expert Louie on quality and proper fermentation.”

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In August, the ICA listed Saguban as one of the top 50 best cacao producers in the world.—AAC

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