All over the world! Cacao (the fruit used to produce cocoa beans) is grown in tropical regions all around the world. Our company is all about making the best possible product we can for our customers—so we take the quality of our cocoa very seriously. When we source our beans we look for a few main characteristics:
1. Quality, of course. We look for beans that are well-fermented and have great aroma and taste.
2. Sustainability. We know that our business relies on natural resources to stay alive, so we are therefore part of the system and obligated to maintain it. We’re proud members of 1% for the Planet, and all of our packaging is compostable, biodegradable or recyclable. Fun fact: the temperature insulation in our boxes can simply be placed in the sink and washed away.
3. Direct or transparent trade. It's important for us that the cacao farmers we work with are adequately paid and receive a reasonable living wage. To ensure this, we pay a premium for the beans we use.
When we don't buy directly from the farms, we work with several importers to source our cocoa beans and we are proud to say that they share these same values.