chocolates & cocoa

Fairtrade Organic Cocoa powder 250g

Testimony - we did a quick survey among our top Fairtrade cocoa customers to ask why they like our Cocoa.

They said -

  • Its fairtrade, its organic
  • its natural, less processed
  • not a lot of package waste
  • it supports small scale production
  • prompt delivery.
  • best they have tasted

We do graciously thank them very much for their continued support, some for over 10 years, and their kind words. Thank You!

Fairtrade Organic Cocoa powder for your family. We feel we deliver the best value ethical, quality, cocoa powder pack in Australia. Something you will be proud of having at home.

A delicious rich fairtrade,natural, organic cocoa for you and your family. Make hot chocolates to enjoy after school or sport or anytime really.

Easy @home treats

  • For a special weekend treat, melt some in hot milk, to dip churros, enjoy with a fresh cup of coffee
  • For a refreshing cold chocolate zesty drink in summer add some sugar with a dash of vanilla. Yum
  • For your home brew coffee  ... it’s perfect for creating brilliant mochas at any time.

 

Cocoa Update

The Dominican Republic is the leading exporter of Fair Trade, organic cocoa in the world – and a unique, high-quality type of cocoa is grown there.

This change has happened by addressing issues such as low productivity, an ageing male workforce, poor infrastructure, and lack of fore-thought on weather related damage.

In addressing low productivity they now have training farm plots to teach better growing practices and show the difference it makes to keep trees pruned and weeds cut back. This practical, hands on teaching , show, these practices and less shade gives a better, even crop. In turn, increase productivity, hence better income, has seen the youth and women get more interested in growing cocoa trees.

 

Encouraging more women to become farmers could have a very positive impact on the future of cocoa in the Dominican Republic.

 

Building better infrastructure is more of an obstacle, but the farming communities are learning how to speak with government officials and non-government officials to repair and improve roads, so as to make life better for the community in general.

A challenge, they cannot control is the fact they lie in the Caribbean hurricane belt! They lose heart when the loose their homes and beautiful cocoa trees along with their income crop. They either give up or replace it with a poorer variety…which, well the circle continues.

But now, Community centers double up as storm shelters, and the farmers are taught how to replant with the stronger surviving stock, and to seek improved varieties for stronger cocoa trees.

These type of strategies are what better the farmers and keeps the cocoa, come chocolate industry alive…. A win win for everyone.....how wonderful a better world indeed!

Source : www.cocoalife.org

 

The Fairtrade guarantee :-

  • The guarantee is quality, organic and Fairtrade certified cocoa powder from the Dominican Republic to you.
  • 100% natural (i.e. not alkalized).
  • Organic certification by USDA; meaning no genetic modification during the cultivation and growing of this cocoa.

We deliver what we feel to be the best value ethical cocoa powder pack in Australia.

 

Customer testimony –

chocolates Brownies  - from Jane of Girraween

Who is able to resist a brownie?

150g butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup plain flour

1/2 cup cocoa (T&N fair-trade, of course)

Preheat oven at 150 degrees Celsius. Grease 19cm square cake tin, line base with baking paper. Beat butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just combined between additions. Stir in flour and cocoa. Spread mixture into prepared tin. Bake in oven for about 30mins, cool in tin. Remove and cut into small squares.

Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days (if it lasts that long)

Suitable to freeze

 

The Bag

Your cocoa comes in an Earthbag which is specifically designed to meet the environmentally friendly packaging solution.

The brown bags are made of recycled paper with a corn based, lined with a 100% natural bio film, a renewable resource on its own, and most importantly, compostable.

 

The Growers

The National Confederation of Dominican Cacao Producers (CONACADO) is an organization of small-scale cacao producers in the Dominican Republic. CONACADO began as a development project in 1985 during a low in the global cocoa market, to study how cacao fermentation techniques could improve the quality of cacao production in the Dominican Republic. After successfully proving that higher quality, fermented cacao could increase income to small farmers, CONACADO expanded its work to educate cacao farmers and organize them into "bloques" – associations of farmers in a particular geographic area. CONACADO then entered a commercialization phase of the project and focused on finding niche markets for their high quality cacao.

Prior to the formation of CONACADO, 100% of Dominican cacao production was low quality unfermented beans shipped mainly to the United States. These beans were purchased from the roughly 40,000 cacao farmers by the four major Dominican exporters who held a strong grip over the local market. Today, CONACADO members produce approximately 25% of the cacao exported from the Dominican Republic and the organization has become a powerful alternative for small-scale producers. The co-operative's success in quality improvement and marketing means that 70% of their cacao is sold as high quality fermented beans, primarily to European niche markets: Organic, Biodynamic, and Fair Trade.

Over 40% of CONACADO's cacao is sold on the Fair Trade market. Each year the co-operative's Fair Trade premiums are distributed to the bloques for use in community projects, which have included:

  • Education: School supplies and scholarships for members' children; repair & build schools; training for the children of cacao producers in administration so they can eventually take farms over from parents.
  • Infrastructure: Road projects to connect isolated producers with their neighbors; wells for potable water in communities; houses for members unable to purchase a home on their own; electricity projects; collection centers in communities to reduce distance and travel time from harvest to fermentation.
  • Health: Medicine for health clinics; contact doctors for procedures in clinics; repair clinic buildings.
  • Development: "Cacao Route" eco-tourism project to diversify income source for cacao farmers, and share CONACADO model; grants to women's organizations producing cacao wine, chocolates, and baked goods.

 

Nutritional Values 

 

 

Nutritional Values per 100g

Energy

1142kJ

Protein

28.1g

Gluten

0g

Total Fat

11g

Saturated

6.9g

Transfat

0g

Polyunsaturated

0.3g

Monounsaturated

3.7g

Cholesterol

0g

Carbohydrate

14.5g

Sugars

0.3g

Dietary Fibre

34.7g

Sodium

.02g

Potassium

1.9g

 

 




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