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Is Direct Trade Fair?

God in a Cup author Michaele Weissman explores Direct Trade in the the first of a three-part series.

Bron: Is Direct Trade Fair?

 

“Be a Farmer for a Day”

Falling deep in love with the cocoa at yesterday’s “Be a Farmer for a Day” at Crayfish Bay.

Bron: Grenada Chocolate Fest op Instagram: “@islepreneur falling deep in love with the cocoa at yesterday’s “Be a Farmer for a Day” at Crayfish Bay #cacaolove #puregrenada…”

 

What separates ‘craft’ from industrial chocolate? 

There’s no standard for terms, but small producers try to distinguish themselves by valuing differences, not sameness.

Bron: What separates ‘craft’ from industrial chocolate? It’s about diversity. – The Washington Post

 

New Cacao Clones Developed In Ecuador.

In Ecuador, the “Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias” (INIAP) has generated more than 16 genotypes, among them the recently released clones: INIAP EETP 800 Aroma Pichilingue e INIAP EETP 801 Fino Pichilingue. These have a range of action approved for the central area of production in Ecuador, in the area near the upper basin of the Guayas River. Tests are conducted on the Coastal region for future approval, but only 2 years from now, when results are gathered, can the clones be recommended. High endurance can be measured based on the result that the Nacional cacao regenerated by the INIAP has a production between 1 to 1,2 t/ha. CCN51 cacao production has oscillated between 1,5 to 2 t/ha. Nowadays with the new clones we are expecting an average of 2 t/ha. The new clones are a hybrid between National cacao and CCN-51 and they have inherited the high productivity characteristic from the CCN-51 but also the quality of Nacional cacao.

Bron: F O O D E N S I T Y op Instagram: “New Cacao Clones Developed In Ecuador (From the 11th edition of “Sabor Arriba” – March 2017) In Ecuador, the “Instituto Nacional de…”

 

Original Beans: “Only fixed prices are fair prices!

53 vind-ik-leuks,

Only fixed prices are fair prices! The prices for cocoa on the world market decline steadily. Also in Puerta Pulache in Peru, one of the three villages where the cocoa for our Piura Porcelana 75% comes from, the prices on local markets have decreased dramatically. But we guarantee all our farmers a permanently stable price. Thus, we currently pay those in Puerta Pulache the fourfold of the local market price. Thank you that you help us to keep the prices stable! Only by that, the farmers can earn a decent living.

http://www.orignalbeans.com

Bron: Original Beans op Instagram

 

We Eat The Seeds – The Slow Melt

Many of us have been eating chocolate since childhood, but few can recognize it in nature. In this episode, we start at the farm with the pod-shaped fruit and its bitter seeds.

Bron: Ep. 3: We Eat The Seeds – The Slow Melt

 

Cocoa’s shining light or a risky monocrop?

Cocoa and chocolate stakeholders highlight the advantages and potential pitfalls of high-yielding cocoa variety CCN-51. What part should it play in the industry’s drive for sustainability?

Bron: CCN-51: Cocoa’s shining light or a risky monocrop?

 
 
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