Maya Mountain Sails to Europe

This week @mayamountain was proud to make history in Belize and be a part of the #missionzero project organized by @chocodelsol. From buying fresh cacao, fermenting, drying, and sorting to organizing the logistics and delivering on-boat our team was there to ensure the highest quality for the long voyage ahead. Sailing cacao across the Atlantic is a win for the environment and a win for consumers who want to support better, more sustainable, game changing chocolate.

Enjoy the beans @zotterschokoladen, @herufekchocolate and @chocodelsol!"


Snapshots from ABOCFA, Ghana

We're excited to be working in a brand new geographical region, and look forward to sharing more about this new partner in months to come! Take a look at some snapshots from our recent trip to this new origin.

Featured is Edward (or “Chicken Soup” as his fellow Board Members call him), the current president of the ABOCFA cooperative. We visited one of his farm plots while he and fellow farmer cooperative members cracked freshly harvested pods. Above is also a group shot of our group visiting the Chief of Apunapono, who gave us permission to visit the area with the ABOCFA cooperative leadership.

Learn more about ABOCFA below

Living the sweet life: JACEK Chocolate Couture continues to spread joy | Sherwood Park News

“Founder of JACEK Chocolate Couture, Jacqueline Jacek said she always wanted to own a business that made people happy and brought joy. That’s not only about delighting the taste buds of chocolate lovers, but also ensuring a healthy ecological sustainable supply chain; supporting cacao farmers and programs that aim to eradicate abusive child labour.”

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“My hope is that we can grow also our Bean-to-Bar line, which is where we make chocolate right from the cacao beans because that’s where we are directly impacting communities where we buy our cocoa beans from and that makes me really proud.”

Read the full article here:

https://www.sherwoodparknews.com/news/local-news/living-the-sweet-life-jacek-chocolate-couture-continues-to-spread-joy

Way to go Jacqueline!

Nat Geo on the History of Chocolate -- cacao has a more interesting story than previously thought.

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Chocolate gets its sweet history rewritten

Long believed to have been domesticated in Central America some 4,000 years ago, cacao has a more interesting story than previously thought.

Check out the full article here:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/10/chocolate-domestication-cocoa-ecuador/?fbclid=IwAR3K_ME_ox2UivRNGDBp6caz9QKlJJgV5uB_y9eMu9162kxi_ROGW_FlePY

Confectionary News -- Chocoa 2019: The economics and politics of cocoa

The seventh Chocoa Conference in Amsterdam got straight down to business on the opening day, with discussions ranging from deforestation, child labor and farmer incomes.

“We have been talking about child labor, deforestation, and too low farmgate prices for the last 15 years. It’s time for action and to scale up. We need to do much more”

The Uncommon mission for a more transparent supply chain is being heard, recognized, and met at Chocoa, and by many others across the globe. We were thrilled to participate in this conference and these important discussions that push our industry forward.

Read the full article here:

HTTPS://WWW.CONFECTIONERYNEWS.COM/ARTICLE/2019/02/22/CHOCOA-2019-THE-ECONOMICS-AND-POLITICS-OF-COCOA 

Uncommon Cacao Heads to Chocoa!

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Our founder, Emily Stone will be presenting at the Chocoa Conference in Amsterdam on 21 and 22 February. The theme of this years Chocoa conference is "Choconomics and Cocoa Politics", and Emily will be speaking about the importance of Transparent Trade and what it means to act as a responsible intermediary. If you are attending, be sure not to miss it!

Check out the Conference programme here: https://www.chocoa.nl/conference

Check out Chocoa’s bio on emily here:

→ “Emily Stone is the co-founder and CEO of Uncommon Cacao. She has spent the greater part of the last decade deep in the jungles of Central America, creating meaningful market access for thousands of indigenous Maya smallholder farmers through supply chain companies connecting these farmers with premium and craft chocolate makers around the world. Uncommon Cacao, her group of cacao processing, export and sales operations spanning Central America and the U.S., delivers excellent quality cacao through completely transparent business transactions to chocolate makers, while driving meaningful change in cacao growing communities through transparent pricing, targeted technical assistance, and long term partnerships. Emily is the only Ashoka Fellow in the chocolate supply chain so far, and her work has been recognized for impact by Acumen Fund, Agora Partnerships, and Unilever. Emily is a graduate of Georgetown University.” #Chocoa2019

👉 Get your ticket to the Conference here: www.chocoa.nl/conference

Cacao Hunters in the News!

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Our sourcing partner Cacao Hunters in Colombia, featured in the Japan Times.

“Colombia has suffered from ongoing conflict for many years. Warring between paramilitary forces, guerillas and drug cartels has prevented rural areas from thriving,” says Cacao Hunters co-founder Carlos Ignacio Velasco. “Our goal is to transform the cacao industry here and empower these communities.”

“The most important element of what we do is provide the farmers with a stable and high price for the product. Then we can create the right incentives for them to keep cultivating cacao as an alternative to coca, which contributes to the development of the country as a whole,” Velasco says. According to an impact assessment conducted by U.S.-based investment firm Acumen, the project has led to an increase in net income of 58 to 75 percent for producers.

In memory of Gabriel Pop, co-founder of Maya Mountain Cacao

In memory of Gabriel Pop, proud father, brother, son, and co-founder of Maya Mountain Cacao. When Maya Mountain Cacao first was established as a business, Gabriel worked tirelessly alongside Emily Stone to educate smallholder cacao farmers and spread enthusiasm for the concept of centralized fermentation and drying. The purchasing of wet cacao beans was an absolute paradigm shift and long-term game changer for all of the cacao farmers of Belize.

Gabriel was an instrumental pioneer in shaping Maya Mountain Cacao Ltd. to be able to work with farmers to purchase high quality wet cacao and ultimately become the farmer-focused, quality-focused company we are today as the largest exporter of cacao in Belize. We will remember Gabriel as a visionary who was always ready to look beyond the status quo for innovative solutions to complex issues in the cacao industry.