Special Projects and COllaborations

One of the completed designs blending traditional Oaxacan techniques with contemporary placement.

One of the completed designs blending traditional Oaxacan techniques with contemporary placement.

Mazateca Embroidery Collective Custom Fortuna Chocolate Shirt Designs

Fortuna chocolate is honored to announce it’s collaboration with the Mazateca Women’s Embroidery Collective.  The Fortuna team will be curating a contemporary clothing line featuring the embroidery of this talented group of 25 women.  

Beautifully hand sewn shirts and blouses will be available in several boutiques in the Denver / Boulder area.  You can place an order for a custom article with us at the mobile Tasting Lab as well.

It is deeply important for us to contribute to an international network of knowledgeable connoisseurs and purposeful consumers, thank you for being one of them!

Cacao seedlings used for the base of an innovative grafting project taking place at the estate.

Cacao seedlings used for the base of an innovative grafting project taking place at the estate.

Big Tail Mountain Cacao Grafting Project with Carmelo C-1 from Tabasco

With the technical support of the University of Veracruz and the expertise of Professor Nisao Ogata, head of the tropical trees department, Fortuna Chocolate will be proudly featuring cacao produced by an indigenous Mazateco community living in the Sierra Madre mountains of Eastern Oaxaca.

Using cutting edge technology, the growers in this community have worked with Professor Ogata to graft small cuttings of high quality Cacao Criollo from a prestigious estate in Tabasco onto the more hardy varietals that typically grow in their region.

An important transition for the biodiversity of the area, the Mazatecos are encouraging a wide range of native plants to thrive alongside their cacao trees and therefore benefit from the economic diversification of their land as well.

One of the limited edition slabs incorporating mint grown at the Gardens, available at The Shop.

One of the limited edition slabs incorporating mint grown at the Gardens, available at The Shop.

Denver Botanic Gardens and Fortuna Chocolate Present Custom Slabs

Working with Rocky Mountain cacao grown at the Denver Botanic Gardens - The Fortuna Chocolate team fermented, dried, roasted and produced chocolate truffles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boettcher Conservatory where the cacao was grown.  

Following the success of the event, Fortuna Chocolate is now partnering with the Gardens to craft our signature chocolate slabs incorporating plants like Chocolate Mint harvested at the gardens.  These slabs will be on sale in limited batches alongside our standard flavors (Macadamia, Pistachio, Almond...) at The Shop at the Gardens gift shop on York St in Cherry Creek.    

Please come by and pick up one of these limited edition slabs and take a walk through the garden.