A short film from various cacao sourcing trips… Including Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Madagascar.
I was the first chocolate maker to visit Chililique but I doubt I will be the last. This trip gave me valuable insights, i was able to glimpse how the land is being managed & what the eco system is like. Non-plantation style farming like they have in Chililique is incredibly positive for the environment, […]
In September 2016 Ali made the first trip out to meet with Don Aldemar Guzman, the farmer behind our Colombian Huila origin chocolate…
In April 2016 we made a return trip to the Marañón Canyon in Northern Peru where Dan Pearson and Brian Horsley established ‘Marañón Chocolate’. This time we took along our 7 year old daughter Roslyn, it was her first trip to South America. We all had an amazing experience that brought us closer to the […]
Antananarivo Arrived in Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar, at 2am. Taxi wound its way through the dark streets to our admittedly posh hotel where we slept until 11am before heading towards the factory of Chocolat Robert. These guys make the non-deodorised cocoa butter we use in all our Madagascar chocolate. It’s a wonderful aromatic butter, adding […]
Searching for the Golden Bean at the centre of the world
Arrived in Quito, Ecuador, yesterday at 10am. By 1pm I was eating Guinea pig at the centre of the world with our Ecuadorian partner…
Wild Cacao and eco-tourism in Colombia
An armed woman in camouflage outfit and shades looks me in the eye and asks in a no bullshit way if I am carrying more than $10,000 in cash, I say “no”, she says in a steel voice “Welcome to Colombia”.
Day 1 Arrived in Lima. It’s big and noisy but not too hot, the people are gentle and friendly, and it’s cheap. Been listening to combi VW style vans packed with locals tooting through till the wee hours of the morning. What I can remember of Spanish has served us well so far. Will spend […]