Drying and Bagging Cocoa - 1920
I was born and raised in a family with a long history in cocoa. From great-grandparents’ farm to today’s business, the world of cocoa is embedded in every aspect of my family’s lives. We remain family owned and operated, and even though being a small business has its challenges, we believe it is beneficial to everyone: the farmers, who can have a direct outlet through us, and the consumer, who can find out directly how their food has been grown, harvested, and process without child slavery, abusive corporate trade, and mixing and rebranding with lower quality raw material.
I have plenty of happy childhood memories in cocoa plantations from my great-grandparents and their neighbors, who were also small farmers. It developed my love for plants and animals, and just the simple joy of being able to play in the dirt, swim in rivers, and eat fruits straight from the trees. That is what food should be, and that is why we understand our products and business more than most people I have encountered in this industry.
My studies and degree in chemical engineering gave me a solid background to understand all the processing and composition of cocoa and its derivatives. It also allows me to spot any false claims and impossible process descriptions that are told by some sellers in the cocoa trade. This is one of the less pleasant aspects of the food industry. It amazes me how many times we are approached by sellers who cannot even name a co-op that they work together with, or simply resell conventional products as organic, or act as a middleman by buying chocolate ingredients from bigger firms and claim it came straight from the farmer (some even organize tours to the farms, but buy the products somewhere else).
For that I decided to create our own cocoa supply company. Our products come from our processing plant with personal friendships and partnership with various small farmers and co-ops. Our traceability provides proof of the origin of the beans, and we provide full traceability (as demanded by the USDA regulations) when selling organic certified products.
Here in CocoaSupply you will find a family of cocoa nerds. We constantly look for process improvements, new ways to implement eco-friendly farming and harvest with the best quality beans, and promote social responsibility.Our customers range from large manufacturers to smaller businesses and food enthusiasts. As I am writing this introduction and start editing my first post, I can’t help but to reach over to a little jar I keep on my desk. I grab a handful of our cocoa nibs to start snacking… Welcome to our store!