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.

The first 7 Bean-To-Bar Chocolatiers of Vietnam

After several failed attempts (at the end of the 19th century and at the end of the Cold War in the 1980s) of introducing cocoa, Vietnam finally embraced the brown gold in the early 2000s. But it took another decade for new chocolatiers in Vietnam itself to start with chocolate made from the cocoa beans of their home country.

Why Palmyra Sugar Will Become The Rebel Of The Chocolate World

Chocolatiers start their small bean-to-bar productions all over the world. In Japan and India, two chocolatiers add palmyra sugar to their cocoa! The next step has been taken towards better chocolate: the replacement of the white sugar. Palmyra sugar will become the rebel of the chocolate world.

From Austria’s Anne To Cocoa Communists: The History Of Cocoa In South East Asia

The Dark Tastes of Anne of Austria. A boy of 16 was standing alone in front of a church altar in France during his marriage ceremony. His 14-year- old bride didn’t need to show up. Engaged since she was 11, everything had been arranged for her. Nowadays it would have been a scandal, but in…
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Will Chocolate Become Illegal

What is the definition of a drug? Most would agree that it means medicine or any other substance that has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. Well, there you go—chocolate clearly is a drug by those standards. It not only makes you feel better but it also improves your memory…
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The Word Cocoa Is A Typo From 1755

Until 1755 British people spoke of cacao, just like the rest of the world. So why did they change their pronunciation of this exquisite food? Was it really an ordinary typo? How popular was chocolate really in 1755? Its popularity was more widespread than you probably would expect even though no one had ever seen…
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