Exclusive: As global demand for chocolate booms, ‘dirty’ beans from deforested national parks in Ivory Coast have entered big business supply chains
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‘Once this was all trees, but they burned them to plant cocoa’: the ruin of West Africa’s rainforest.
A journey into the heart of the West African rainforest reveals it is being ripped up to feed the growing global demand for chocolate
We’re used to paying about $1 for a bar of chocolate. But that price undercuts the farmer, the flavor, and the finesse that it takes to make good chocolate. To understand why many craft chocolate makers have adopted the direct-trade model — and higher prices — let’s look at how Big Chocolate works with farmers.
An excerpt from ‘Bean to Bar: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution’
For Ivory Coast, the world’s leading exporter of cocoa beans, the 2016-17 harvest season was one to forget. It was marred by plunging global prices, mass defaults by exporters that critics say the government should have prevented, and a surge in smuggling to neighboring Ghana.
Chocolate makers have developed a big curiosity for the fine cacao that grows in this country, and many of them have recently flown from Europe and the US to personally explore the beauty of this country’s cacao plantations. If you take a close look on Instagram, you would know who they are.
Some other makers are a step ahead and have already released a chocolate bar made with Indian fine cacao (Areté from California, US to name one).
The main source of this popular fine cacao is the Indian company GoGround Beans and Spices.
They don’t have an Instagram account and I didn’t even find a website actually, but they do have a Facebook page that you can check out. They are getting a looot of attention lately.
Although Latin America is still the main source of fine cacao for craft chocolate, several makers are looking East for new flavor profiles and exciting experiments. As you should know by now, the heart of a chocolate maker never settles.
Have you tried Single Origin chocolate made with Indian cacao?