Arriba cocoa is a very old trade name for a pure fine flavour cocoa from Ecuador. It was originally only shipped from Guayaquil, the capital of Ecuador. The cultivation area was mainly is upstream Guayaquil, in Spanish this area is called »Arriba« = »above, on top«.
For traded Arriba cocoa only the fine flavoured variety "Nacional" is used. It belongs to the »Upper Amazon« cocoa group and originates east of the andes, from which some fruits were brought already 500 years ago on ancient trade-routes. Selection and propagating of only the best progeny over centuries has resulted in a separate, distinct fine flavour group - the Nacional Cocoa. Some people link the trade name Arriba with the related variety name of the cocoa Nacional.