Angelo Agostoni can remember when cocoa beans harvested from West Africa looked like they were “painted by hand.” They were “perfect,” he says. Of course, that was nearly 45 years ago. Since then, the quality of the beans has deteriorated tremendously.
Fortunately, the president of Lecco, Italy-based ICAM focused his search for fine-flavored cocoa beans in Central and South America. So it was quite serendipitous when he recently received an invite from a friend in Uganda to come and visit.