Origins

All of this would not be possible if it wasn't for the growers. We work with some amazing people and they produce some of the finest cacao available. 

Haiti, Acul du Nord

Produits Des Iles SA (PISA) is committed to changing the way cacao is processed and exported from Haiti. Historically, large export companies have purchased dried, unfermented, low quality cacao from smallholder farmers at prices below the commodity market. PISA’s launch in 2014 of their centralized processing facility represented a revolutionary change in Haiti’s cacao production system. Now, PISA is the only company purchasing and centrally fermenting wet cacao, and as a result are able to sell it at a higher price for its higher quality. Farmers now earn approximately four-times as much money as they did before PISA, and are simultaneously incentivized to protect their trees from the environmentally degrading charcoal market.

 

Bolivia, Alto Beni

Deep in the jungles of Alto Beni, Bolivia, a young cacao company started by two Bolivian brothers has transformed the local cacao economy. Nelson and Jorge Valverde started the Alto Beni Cacao Company (ABC) in 2010 to improve livelihoods of small-scale farmers who depend on cacao as a main source of income. ABC pays premium farmgate prices and runs a careful centralized post-harvest operation.

 

Guatemala, Lanquin

Finca Chimelb is a magnificent private farm in Lanquín, Alta Verapaz. Its scale is unparalleled in the region: the farm spans 4,500 hectares, 2,298 of which are natural and planted forest protected by the farm. Chimelb is the largest cacao farm in Alta Verapaz, at 250 hectares of cacao cultivation, and also grows specialty coffee, rubber, eucalyptus, and pine. Finca Chimelb employs approximately 400 workers across all crops on average, reaching more than 2,000 workers during peak harvest of coffee, and pays 40% above Guatemala’s minimum wage, as well as social security for all employees.

 

Ecuador, Santo Domingo

In 2005, the Cedeño Aguilar family decided to convert their palm oil plantation into a sustainable cacao farm with 100% Arriba Nacional varieties. They are experts in organic farming, and have a unique processing centre for small-batch fermentation. The families' efforts are awared with the first certificate of denomination of protected origin "Cacao Nacional"