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Interview: Soklet Chocolate Co-Founders, Harish & Karthi

“The vast majority of the farming community still doesn’t know that they are actually working against nature… Everything is the latest generation of chemicals.” -Harish Manoj Kumar, Co-founder of Soklet Chocolate & Regal Plantations Not only is India one of the world’s largest economies, but the country has a huge range of micro-climates, even within …

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Interview: Julia Zotter, Creative Director at Zotter Chocolate

“We have this motto… never ask your customer what they want, because they of course have no idea what they want. A customer, a consumer, a person on the street can only tell you what they already know.” -Julia Zotter, Creative Director at Zotter Chocolate Since 1995, Zotter Chocolate has been creating confections in southeastern …

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Chocolate On The Road: Is Coronavirus Killing Craft Chocolate?

“Having a business is like having children; it doesn’t really make sense money-wise, and it’s the same with a small business.” -Barbara Wilson, Co-Founder of Mindo Chocolate Makers While Covid-19 has ravaged populations around the world, it’s also nearly halted the global economy. Almost every industry around the world is heavily affected, most often in …

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Interview: Ning-Geng Ong, Founder of Chocolate Concierge

“Against all odds, you know, these growers who were at one time among thousands— and now we’re down to really a handful of growers— the best plots are the ones that have survived… the ones… that have remained really are the ones that are worth keeping.” -Ning-Geng Ong, Founder of Chocolate Concierge For over a …

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Chocolate Dream: The Only Bean to Bar Maker in Laos

“I was the first person that came to East Timor and asked about East Timor cacao… one of the guys there had somehow gotten a hold of some information on how to ferment and dry, so he had done just a little bit with a few trees, and they sold me those first tries.” Mikaël …

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Interview: David Castellan, Co-founder of SoMA Chocolate

“When we first started trying to purchase beans, when we called up the bean broker… we said, you know, we just want to buy one bag, two bags [of cocoa beans], and they kinda laughed and said ‘no one ever orders two bags of cocoa… I only have 11 customers. There’s only 11 companies in …

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From Big Family Business To Cacao Farmer & Beyond

It’s the 1950’s; your country is poor and in the throes of recovery from WWII— but in the south, there’s the promise of land. The Japanese occupied the Philippines for 3 years, and after they were forced out, the country was devastated. Many Filipinos chose agriculture as a way out of poverty, and the country …

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Interview: Emily Paek, Founder of Public Chocolatory

“I think even if the [cacao] beans are all the same, but the makers are different, the outcome is very different.” -Emily Paek, Founder of Public Chocolatory Emily Paek was one of the first craft chocolate makers in Korea, and quite frankly, it’s been a long road to journey down. Over the last few years …

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Interview: Emily Stone, Co-Founder Of Uncommon Cacao

“Craft chocolate is still such a small industry that it’s very rare that one, or even five craft chocolate makers would be able to purchase the entire harvest of one origin… they need the stability of a buyer who can bring on the cacao from the harvest as it’s coming out, as it’s ready to …

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Interview: Vincent Mourou, Co-Founder Of Marou Chocolate

“Every farmer that we started with [in 2011], we are still working with.” -Vincent Mourou, Marou Chocolate Vincent Mourou is widely recognized as one of the first craft chocolate makers in Asia. He’s one of the co-founders of Marou Chocolate, a value-added chocolate factory established in 2011 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The company …

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