We’re no stranger to chocolate and yet Jerome Penafort, founder of Mr Bucket Chocolaterie, wonders why so little of us know about where cacao is grown. A plant native to the Amazon forest, it’s travelled across the world to countries such as Africa where most of the world’s cacao is imported from.
Not to be outdone, Indonesia was once the third largest exporter of cacao beans in the world only trailing behind the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Although Asia’s production of cacao has fallen as a whole, what remains are smaller farms that afford a traceability and transparency.
Mr Bucket Chocolaterie’s founder Jerome Penafort named his business after Charlie Bucket from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
We have a chat with Penafort as he explains why it’s the smaller cacao producers in the Asian region that has gotten his attention.
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