Zorzal Cacao is a leading provider of fine flavor cacao to domestic and international artisan chocolate makers. We provide the craft chocolate market with cacao varietals selected for their nuanced flavors and intense aromas, carefully tending to the development of these flavors through natural fermentation and drying cycles.

As our farm grows, we continue to explore new varietals and immerse ourselves in the study of fermentation and drying as the second and third stages of flavor development. It is however, through unique relationships with artisan chocolate makers from around the world that we are able to receive expert feedback that allows us to understand the results of our work and make advances from harvest to harvest.

The quality of our dried cacao is a reflection of our commitment to the ecosystems that nurture our cacao trees and our team’s dedication to studying and practicing natural fermentation and drying techniques to elicit the finest flavors in each bean.

Our Team

Dr. Charles Kerchner
Founder/CEO

Ramon Belen
Administrator

Heriberto Paredes
Fermentation Technician

Damarys Then
Office Manager


Russell Brott
Board Member

Greg D’Alessandre
Board Member

Rick Hyde
Board Member

Jamie Phillips
Board Member

Ryan Bailey
Board Member

Jaimie Moreno
Board Member

Our Partners

Conservation Partners