In 2014 a Dutchman and a Cambodian, Stefan Struik and Chanthol Chean, became friends and decided to establish a Cambodian cacao company called Kamkav Farm. Our founders bought land in a hilly and forested area near the famous Bu Sra waterfall in Mondulkiri.
Because they lacked more detailed knowledge about cacao, they turned to the Vietnamese expert Dinh Lam for help. With the support of Lam, they started the first cacao farm in Cambodian history.
The initiative almost failed due to a devastating drought in 2015. Our company lost almost all of the cacao trees. We were knocked out but decided to start all over again.
At the end of 2016 Stefan Struik got unknowingly involved in a brutal scandal caused by two Vietnamese at our farm. It became a very sensitive political issue, but we all kept supporting our founder. Our perseverance was finally rewarded at the end of 2018 with our first cacao pods.
Now we can proudly say that we put our Kingdom of Wonder on the world map as the 67th country that is producing cacao. And not just ordinary cacao but cacao with a truly unique flavor profile; thanks to the organic approach, the red soil, the altitude, the weather conditions in general, and also our fermentation techniques, taught by Brazilian Prof. Dr. Albertus Eskes.