Kilombero Valley, Tanzania - Drinking Chocolate
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Gold Medal winner in the NZ Chocolate Awards 2002 and the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2022
This vibrant, bean to bar, craft drinking chocolate began with organic cacao beans grown by the masterful farmers of Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. Then in our little foundry, we crafted the cacao together with only one other ingredient; organic cane sugar, to create a chocolate that showcases the harvest’s playful personality.
Two ingredients, nothing else. Delight in every sip. Enjoy.
Made from ground 70% dark bean to bar chocolate, with cheerful tasting notes of ripe stone fruit.
Foundry Drinking Chocolate is delicious made with water, milk or the plant based milk of your choice.
The drinking chocolate is packaged in a home compostable resealable pouch.
Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans & Organic Cane Sugar.
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free and Vegan.
The cacao beans grown in the Kilombero Valley are sourced from Kokoa Kamili, which was founded by Brian LoBue and Simran Bindra, who have backgrounds in international development throughout eastern and southern Africa. Prior to Kokoa Kamili, a single buyer dominated the area – the local arm of one of the world’s largest soft commodity trading houses. A sole buyer meant it had the power to set the price for cocoa, and farmers had little alternatives. Historically, farmers in the Kilombero Valley received some of the lowest prices for cocoa in the country. In Kokoa Kamili’s ﬁrst year alone Kilombero farmers received the highest prices in Tanzania for their cocoa.
Today, Kokoa Kamili works with nearly 3000 smallholder farmers, most of whom farm between 0.5-2 acres of cocoa. Kokoa Kamili pays a premium - well above the market rate - to farmers for their ‘wet’ cocoa, and conducts its own fermentation and drying. By taking over the fermentation and drying process, Kokoa Kamili can produce more consistently higher quality cocoa beans. This method gives farmers a reduced workload, along with greater compensation, and the farmers are paid immediately after the cooperative receives its wet beans.
Kokoa Kamili also distributes cocoa seedlings to farmers in the community. In the past three years, they have aided in the planting of over 140,000 trees.
Kokoa Kamili is situated in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, an area known for its abundance of bird and mammal wildlife. It is most famous for the eleven diﬀerent primate species, bird life, and is one of three remaining sites that support Savannah Elephants in a mountainous environment. Current estimates say that 2,000 elephants reside in and around the Udzungwa area.
Credit: Meridian Cacao