Cacao grows in close proximity to the Equator, so we won’t be growing it in Scotland any time soon! But it is our privilege to work directly with some outstanding producers who reside in sunnier climates. Almost all of the cacao we source is from South and Central America, the origin of the Theobroma Cacao plant. Cacao has been growing wild in South America for much longer than humans have roamed the earth.
It is central to our ethos as environmentally responsible and ethically driven people to ensure that all the ingredients and materials we source are are part of bio-diverse agricultural ecosystems, and that the social impact of our activity is beneficial to those communities involved. All our endeavours must be to reduce unnecessary negative impact on people and the environment and encourage positive sustainable ways of life, fairness, and equality.
The cacao we buy is only grown in an agro-forestry environment; that means it is grown as a companion to other plants and wildlife which will protect and encourage biodiversity. The cacao can be part of regenerative forestry plan, or wild, but it must not the cause of any deforestation, in particular of primary rain-forest.
The farm gate price, that is the amount of literal cash handed over at the farm gate to the family who grow the cacao, is considerably above the NY cocoa price and consistent for the families. Above and beyond paying a good price, we expect our partners to be actively engaged with other effective initiatives to improve quality of life for farming communities. The partners we pay for cacao are typically responsible (amongst other things) for the collection of wet cacao from farms, fermentation and drying of the cacao, then delivery to Europe.
During our visits to origin we have got to know better the farms and individuals who are behind the scenes working to bring us excellent cacao; whilst maintaining the environmental and ethical standards we expect. You can read our travel journals to various origins below.
We are currently working with with: Cacao Tales (Piura)| Gaia Cacao (Porcelana)| Original Beans & Agrofloresta (Mexico)| Maranon Cacao (Maranon) | Tradin Organic & Sierra Organic (Peru) | Uncommon Cacao (Belize)