Our Farming & Processing Partners
We have selected one medium-sized farmer as our initial partner and his cocoa farming expertise and insights will be shared here.
From time to time we will add more and tell their stories of experience as well as share their profiles here when we do.
This section will also include profiles on our Processing facilities. Our processors of Cacao trees extract the oils, collect cocoa butter (cocoa pod remnants, know as the pulp, surrounding the seeds within the husk) and dry the beans then turn them in to cocoa power as needed.
Background on Cocoa Trees
Theobroma cacao, also called the cacao tree and the cocoa tree, is a small (4–8 m (13–26 ft) tall) evergreen tree in the family Malvaceae, native to the deep tropical regions of Mesoamerica (Africa, Indonesia and South America).
Its seeds, cocoa beans, are used to make chocolate liqueur, cocoa oils, cocoa solids, cocoa butter and chocolate.
In 2018, world production of cocoa beans was 5.3 million tons, led by major producers Ivory Coast with 37% of the total and Ghana at about 20%.
Source: "Cocoa bean production in 2018, Crops/Regions/World list/Production Quantity (pick lists)
UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Corporate Statistical Database (FAOSTAT). 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2020.