We now source the cocoa used to make our Organic hot chocolate from the El Ceibo Co-operative in Bolivia. This hot chocolate is made with 40% cocoa meaning it’s much closer to raw chocolate as it’s non-alkalized – this gives it a complex, malty flavour and a reddish colour.
When looking to source organic hot chocolate, we ensured the cocoa is not only grown by the co-operative, but processed at origin too, meaning more profit stays in the country. We are very happy to be working with El Ceibo who are committed to protecting their native rainforest and became the first certified organic cocoa cooperative in the world in 1988.
El Ceibo work to protect against the degradation of their lands using natural and organic methods and today grow an estimated 70% of the total organic cocoa cultivated in Bolivia. They are also the first to have processed their own cocoa into powder form. All the cocoa is grown without using chemical pesticides or fertilisers.
El Ceibo farmers share their knowledge from farmer to farmer to increase productivity and improve quality, much like we do. The Bolivian cocoa is available as a rich 40% blend organic hot chocolate, and also a 100% cocoa.
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