The Top Five Winners of the National Cocoa Awards 2021 – Back row from left: Mr. Winthrop Harewood (Tableland) 2nd Place winner of the NCA 2021, and his wife Mrs. Allison Harewood, Mr. Martin Matthew of the Four Roads Tamana Cluster: Category 3 winner for microlot samples, Javed Omardeen overall winner of the NCA 2021, Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Mr. Jason Brown- representing Mr. Charles Merry of La Deseada Estate Category 2 winner for Large Estates (Santa Cruz), Mr. Calvin David, Mr. Lyncoln Salandy both of the Four Roads Tamana Cluster. Front Row from left: Mrs. Jacqueline Matthew of the Four Roads Tamana Cluster, Ms. Annette Mills- 3rd Place Winner of the NCA 2021, Ms. Stephanie Omardeen- overall winner of the NCA 2021, and Ms. Helen Monsegue of the Four Roads Tamana Cluster

Trinidad and Tobago Cocoa ranked in the Top 50 Best of the World once again!

Three (3) of the five (5) samples submitted from Trinidad and Tobago’s National Cocoa Awards to the global Cocoa of Excellence Programme 2021, to compete for International Cocoa Awards, have been selected among the best 50 bean samples with exceptional flavour, from amongst 235 global samples, after the first round of judging. These three samples will now vie for International Cocoa Awards at the Salon du Chocolat, Paris, France later in October of this year.

The world-ranked Trinidad and Tobago samples originated from Ms. Annette Mills of Charamal Estate, Aripo; Mr. Winthrop Harewood of Roods and Perches Estate, Tableland; and the Farmers of the Four Roads Tamana Cluster, Tamana, who submitted a composite sample.  The members of this group are Mr. Albert Maloney, Mr. Calvin David, Ms. Helen Monsegue, Mr. Lyncoln Salandy, as well as Mr. Martin and Jacqueline Matthew who processed the group’s bean sample. This latter couple won an International Cocoa Award in 2019.

These 3 samples were among the top 5 local winners of the 2021 National Cocoa Awards (NCA), an initiative of the Cocoa Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (CDCTTL).

The NCA is geared toward celebrating outstanding cocoa quality and the diverse flavours of our namesake Trinitario cocoa variety. CDCTTL brought together key collaborators to form the National Organising Committee for the NCA, comprising the Cocoa Research Section of the Ministry of Agriculture Land and Fisheries, the Cocoa Research Centre of the University of the West Indies, and ExporTT

At the next stage of international judging the 50 global bean samples will be processed into chocolate for the flavor sensory evaluation by the Cocoa of Excellence Technical Committee, and a broader panel of professionals during the month of September.  Thereafter, 15-20 of the 50 finalists will be winners of International Cocoa Awards (ICA).

We eagerly await the announcement of the final results of the ICA Awards. Trinidad and Tobago is the current record holder for winning International Cocoa Awards. Since the inception of the Cocoa of Excellence Programme in 2009, Trinidad and Tobago has won an outstanding 8 International Cocoa Awards. We hope to continue this winning streak in 2021.

The CDCTTL will continue to promote and develop the expertise of local producers to inter-

National award-winning levels, in fulfilment of its mandate as the driver and catalyst of local cocoa sector.