This year marks our eleventh anniversary of being the first chocolate makers in the world to export cocoa from the Philippines, and of collaboration with our lead farmer partner, Peter Cruz.
Together with Peter and Johnny Silva, Peter’s partner and the farm manager, Shawn visited the post-harvest and fermentation site and inspected our next shipment of cocoa beans.
After a cut-test and thorough analysis of random bean samples, Shawn shared profits from the 2018 crop–our biggest profit share with this origin yet!–and discussed the 2019 contract.
We’re excited because this year’s beans are better than ever! We can’t wait to get these beans in our factory in the coming months and start making chocolate with them. Without these direct trade relationships with esteemed farmer partners, we couldn’t make great chocolate.