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Cocoa contact the farmers who introduced cacao to Cambodia for the first time in history

What is the future of cacao in Asia?

What is the future of cacao in Asia? That is a very difficult question to answer. On one hand, there are difficult times in Indonesia and Vietnam, while on the other hand cacao is thriving in unexpected places like Cambodia and Taiwan. Let’s take it step-by-step, region by region, country by country. We will skip the locations in the Pacific region.

World Cacao Map

We think this new world cacao map might interest you. It shows dramatic changes in the yearly cacao yield. It is created by Bent, a Balinese designer. He discovered that there are huge shifts in supply. Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Indonesia are highly surprising in different ways. And of course, Cambodia has now found her place…
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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

Every month new farmers join the cacao movement in Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri

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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Cocoa contact the farmers who introduced cacao to Cambodia for the first time in history

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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Is Bali the key to the future of a chocolate industry in Indonesia?

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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