Almost three decades ago, Gricha Safarian, a Belgian native, made an unlikely trip to Vietnam and fell in love with the country. From that initial visit, he left convinced that Vietnam had a unique potential which could not be ignored, to produce high-quality cocoa. Thanks to its diverse production approaches, chocolate made from Vietnamese cocoa is known for subtle fruity and floral notes. 25 years later, Puratos Grand-Place remains a pioneer in the Vietnamese chocolate market, constantly pushing the status-quo and creating value-added products that are ethically sourced and close to the community. Today we present to you 60DAYS, a journey not just chocolate.
Vietnam has become the second Asian country to achieve a fine flavor cocoa (FFC) designation from the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) in 2016.
Like other agricultural products, climate and soil are key contributors to the cocoa flavor’s profile. 60DAYS chocolate made from the Vietnamese cocoa beans is recognized for its balanced characteristics of strong cocoa notes, unique sour taste and a sharp fruity aroma.
CACAO-TRACE is a global sustainability program of Puratos Group, which ensures a consistent superior taste for chocolate lovers, and more income for farmers. Thanks to a controlled fermentation, drying, and roasting process, closely monitored by a team of experienced technicians, a phenomenal outcome in chocolate flavor is achieved.
60DAYS chocolate is certified under CACAO-TRACE Fresh, the next level of CACAO-TRACE, in which the process “from farm to chocolate” is locally connected and transition time is minimized to make a disruption in flavor’s freshness.
Farmers harvest colorful ripe cocoa pods from their home gardens to collect fresh beans and transport them to the Post-harvest center, Puratos Grand-Place in Ben Tre for prompt fermentation.
60DAYS chocolate is made from those fresh, juicy, and white pulpy beans. Moreover, they are taken care of from seeding to harvesting by the teamwork of CACAO-TRACE farmers and Puratos Grand-Place agronomic technicians to collaborate demonstration plots and
In the first seven days, the natural fermentation is carried out in acacia wooden boxes, covered by jute bags. This process is carefully cared for by Puratos Grand-Place specialists, the high-quality fermented beans are ensured for the next 60DAYS chocolate making steps. Thanks to the right fermentation process, the chocolate flavor precursors in cocoa beans are perfectly developed.
In the 14 following days, the fermented cocoa beans are delicately sun-dried to keep original flavors and aromas. When the beans have reached moisture standard, they are selected for a final evaluation.
The cut-test step is conducted to access the quality of fermentation and drying by the color and smell of the cocoa beans.
The qualified beans are switched directly to roasting and grinding factory instead of being stored in the warehouse or cross-border traded. The equipped in-house grinding line plays a key role in the connected process and shortens the production time. The freshness quality
A low-roast formula, unique to the characteristics of the Vietnamese bean origin, is studied and applied. Therefore, the natural flavors and aromas in 60DAYS cocoa mass are preserved while food safety standards are guaranteed.
Fresh cocoa mass trucked to Chocolate factory, Puratos Grand-Place in Binh Duong Province, only 120 km away from Ben Tre. With such a shortened distance, the freshness in cocoa mass is kept for the finest chocolate made.
The chocolate-making stage takes 15 days from the chocolate recipe to the final quality check. The last step completes the whole connected process “from farm to chocolate” in 60 days. Short production time is to preserve natural flavors and to develop a rich flavor chocolate.
60DAYS – locally crafted from farm to chocolate with tailor-controlled fermentation and signature low-roast formula.
60DAYS - freshly made in Vietnam with a short transition time during full process to best preserve the pristine flavors.
60DAYS – carefully made from the devotion of the producer, committed to creating rich flavored chocolate, while bringing greater value to the community.
51 Road 8, Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park, Thuan An City,
Binh Duong Province, Vietnam.
Tel : +84.274.730.6565
Post-harvest Center & Grinding Factory
Lot F1-F3 Giao Long Industrial Zone, Chau Thanh District,
Ben Tre Province, Vietnam.
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