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We have been making Chocolate drinking blends for over 20 years. Continuously drinking and experimenting.
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Stand out Chocolatier blend
A blended combination of rich and bitter Cocoas, pure chocolate liquor / extracted cocoa butter - Add some chunky dark Chocolate bites along with brown raw sugar.
Serve iced or steamed.
A variety of flavorings can be added to these blends. Further formulation variations can be developed to suit your particular regional tastes.
More than 30 developing countries produce cocoa, providing 14 million people with a livelihood
Cocoa is produced, traded and consumed in vast quantities across the globe. Though the majority of cocoa consumption occurs within the developed world, cocoa is grown in tropical regions of the developing world. More than 30 developing countries produce cocoa, supporting more than 14 million people.
In some countries of West Africa and Latin America, cocoa production is the primary income stream. In the Ivory Coast andGhana , 90% of the farmers rely on cocoa for their primary income. Around the world, 90% of cocoa is grown and harvested on small family farms of 4.8 hectares or less, while just 5% comes from plantations of 40 hectares or more.
Cocoa is a volatile commodity with wildly fluctuating prices and is frequently traded as futures or options – contracts that trade a commodity at a later date for a fixed price today. Since futures and options make income predictable, farmers should benefit from consistent selling prices for their crops over long terms, however futures contracts on the major markets are in units of 10 metric tons or more and the typical subsistence cocoa farm may produce just 1/2 ton per year. As a result, accessing these markets is virtually impossible for small farmers.
Credit is also a key issue for farmers with seasonal crops like cocoa; outside of the harvest season, producers need loans to address immediate needs and pre-financing for planting and cultivation of their crop.
The number of traders standing between a small farmer and the chocolate found on grocery store shelves is exceedingly large. When farmers bring their product to market, middlemen frequently take advantage of them. Unaware of the real value of their crop, due to sparse communication, farmers frequently receive lower than market prices. Also, many farmers claim that commercial traders frequently use distorted scales to trick farmers into thinking their cocoa weighs less than it actually does.
Quality requirements and industry knowledge are tools cocoa farmers can use to add value to their crop. Given their limited education and lack of direct market feedback from end buyers, many small farmers are unable to utilize this knowledge.
Cocoa farmers face a number of other problems, including:
Many of the challenges that exist between small farmers and traders can be addressed by organizing small farmers’ organizations and pooling resources.
In June 2010 in Switzerland , cocoa-producing and consuming countries signed a pact to make the industry more fair and sustainable. At a United Nations meeting in Geneva, key actors of the cocoa sector signed the International Cocoa Agreement (PDF) outlining objectives for a more sustainable cocoa economy, measures to improve the transparency of the international cocoa market, and efforts to promote techniques for improving quality.
The agreement strengthens the cooperation between member countries, NGOs, the private sector, and funding and development agencies.
Fairtrade cocoa offers farmers an opportunity to make a real living, as the Fairtrade Standards include a Minimum Price. A Fairtrade Premium is added to the purchase price and is used by cooperatives for social and economic investments such as education, health services, processing equipment and loans to members.
Please click on the link below for comparisons between Fairtrade Minimum Prices and market prices:
Also, the FAIRTRADE Certification Mark on a product provides consumers with the assurance that Fairtrade cocoa producers are regularly audited against the strict child labour standards that prohibit the worst form of child labour and forced (bonded) labour. It considers the International Labor Organization (ILO) Conventions 29, 105, 138 and 182 as the relevant standards on child labour – and has developed its own standards accordingly. To read more about Fairtrade and child protection, click here
The Fairtrade Standards for cocoa include:
Fairtrade cocoa producers are small family farms organized in cooperatives or associations which the farmers own and govern democratically.
You can read a number of case-studies of Fairtrade cocoa producers on the Fairtrade Foundation website
To find out which cocoa producer organizations are currently Fairtrade certified, you can check the database available on the FLO-CERT website.
If you want to find out what products are available in your country, visit the website of yournational Fairtrade organization. If you’re interested in selling Fairtrade cocoa in your country, see our information about selling Fairtrade
Fairtrade International offers the following guidance documents as a complement for the Fairtrade Cocoa Standard.
The following guidance document on productivity and quality improvements is designed as a support document for cocoa producer organizations. It provides an explanation on what productivity and/or quality improvement is and what investments this may require, as well as additional information on the reporting of these investments. This document relates to section 4.3.7 and 4.3.8 of the Fairtrade Standard for Cocoa for Small Producer Organizations.