About Us


We began with sourcing and importing the first Organically Certified Cacao from Venezuela and are still involved in every step of the process – from working the harvest with the farmers to loading up the truck, to importing, distributing and fulfilling our customers needs.

While watching our first load of beans gets processed in Venezuela, we were shocked that more than 12% was lost to the thin fibrous outer shell around the bean. We didn’t know what we would do with them.

After reading over scores of academic research, we found that the cacao shells absorb a lot of nutrients from the cacao bean and thus contain many similar health properties as the cacao beans themselves. The shell is also very high in magnesium and potassium and Vitamin D and is comprised of 80% insoluble fiber and 20% soluble fiber. So we tried to develop a high fiber substitute.

We brewed the shells and were amazed! The final infusion was a rich translucent copper and had the decadent chocolate aroma that reminded us of hot cocoa, only more powerful. The delicate flavors mixed with a touch of tannins at the back of the mouth for a taste that is truly unlike anything else.

Today we continue working with farmers and sourcing the best cacao without forgetting where we began.

group of farmers, female farmer, Patrick collecting harvest, Pineda Brother's doing harvest

Patrick and The Ocumare Farmers after a hard days harvest – June 2009, Venezuela

We take great pride in being hands-on and directly involved with every step of the process of harvesting our cacao beans from cooperating with the farmers, importing the beans, processing, and transporting internationally.

We believe in the personal element. We know the farmers by name, and with them are committed to sustainable farming as well as sustainable living.

Seeing first-hand how hard the farmers work to support their families, we wanted to do everything we could to make sure the farmers were treated fairly and rewarded for their hard work.

We firmly believe that the more profitable and fairly treated the farmers are, the better quality our product will be. We manage a small research farm with a nursery where we graft, plant, grow and prune, so we know what responsibilities farmers have and what responsibility we have to make everything in the cocoa industry truly sustainable.

pictures of sourcing cacao

Tisano’s core business is cacao and cacao derivative products. We also offer our customers other soft commodities and bulk foods including:

Nuts and Dried Fruits | Coffee | Grains

Tisano is a proud member of the following Organizations:

Speciality Food AssociationAVECA FCIACMAA