Dame Cacao on Cambodian Cacao

A great eye-opener on the Cambodian cacao & chocolate scene, written by Max of Dame Cacao Cambodia is curry, dusting clay, ancient temples and even older souls, each backdropped by endless green trees. Until it wasn’t, anymore. During the decades since the country opened up to visitors, there have been starts and stops in development,…
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Intro to Kamkav Farm

Against all odds: cocoa in Cambodia

It was against all odds. But a new association called CFARM is gathering local small-scale farmers and together they are growing cocoa in Cambodia. This is how they do it. CFARM stands for Cacao Farmers Association Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri. These -almost Star Trek planet- names are the names of the two largest provinces in North-East…
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Cacao Flavor Profiles

INTRO We are cacao farmers, not chocolate makers. But the longer we dedicate our lives to our cacao trees, the more we are convinced about a few very important things: the natural circumstances, the fermentation and the care for our trees maybe do have stronger influences on the flavor of the final product, the chocolate…
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How Bali turns the $100 billion chocolate industry on its head

INTRO Indonesia is the world’s third largest producer of cocoa beans (after Ghana and Ivory Coast) with 260,000 metric tons in 2017/2018. As everywhere else in South-East Asia a chocolate wave took off with the rise of local bean-to-bar chocolatiers. With Indonesia as the largest Asian cocoa producer, it is no surprise that the two…
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Handle With Care

our cocoabeans exposed to a new life

Who are the 14 best Pinoy bean-to-bar chocolatiers?

It is surprising how many chocolate brands are already produced locally in the Philippines, the Pearl of the Orient. We found no fewer than 14 excellent local choices. A lot of them are located in Davao.