Located in Mekong Delta region, Tien Giang is a province in southern part of Vietnam. This is where the world’s 12th longest river, Mekong, runs through and gives soil red color and rich nutrition. Being situated near the equator, with average temperature of 81°F (27°C), good rainfall, and highly fertile soil, Tien Giang is an ideal place for growing cacao. Cacao trees have been introduced to Vietnam in the 19th century but not until recently, thanks to the craft chocolate evolution, has cacao grown in Vietnam got the attention it deserves. After harvesting, pods are opened with machete, fermentation is done in wooden boxes and beans are then dried above the ground on bamboo trellis. Farmers are paid well beyond Fair Trade cocoa prices and they also receive financial assistance, feedback and technical support throughout the harvest season. This blend has tasting notes of brown sugar, nuts & cinnamon, with hints of figs and persimmon on a solid chocolate background.