Trinitario Cocoa Bean
The Trinitario cocoa bean is hybrid of the Criollo and Forastero varieties. Trinitario was created in Trinidad after the Forastero variety was introduced and crossed with the local Criollo variety in the eighteenth century as a consequence of the Criollo variety almost being wiped out on the island.
The Trinitario cocoa bean is grown in Trinidad, islands of the Lesser Antilles, Java, Papua-New-Guinea and Sri Lanka. It is also grown in large quantities in Cameroon. Its production accounts for 10-15% of the total cocoa world ouput. It is a very aromatic variety. Its other characteristics are in between the Criollo and Forastero varieties.