The Coronavirus pandemic is a health, humanitarian and an economic crisis unlike anything we've experienced in a century. Indigenous peoples in the Amazon have historically suffered from diseases introduced by outsiders and are self-isolating to protect their communities. This isolation is on top of the general disruption of harvests and the economy in Peru. Conservation Cacao and partners from craft chocolate industry want to send direct emergency payments to five indigenous communities we've been working with for several years in the Junín and Ucayali provinces of Peru. French Broad Chocolates , Raaka , and Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate, while all dealing with the effects of the crisis on their businesses, are working hard with us as we attempt to continue to export at least some cacao from the communities despite the travel restrictions.
Congratulations to Elaine & Matt and crew at Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate in Atlanta and to the farmers of Pangoa on winning a Good Food Award! Making exceptional chocolate requires a lot of effort by a lot of hands. We've been collaborating for what is years now to improve the selection of the origin materials and the post-harvest and it's up to the chocolate makers to bring the flavor out to its full expression. @xocolatlchocolate
Coming in 2018, "Setting The Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story." Conservation Cacao was very pleased to participate in and support the making of this documentary film from director, Tim Shephard and producer, Amy Burns.
We will be presenting at the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle on November 12th:
"Rescuing Cacao Diversity in Latin America + Presentation of 'Setting the Bar' documentary trailer