ABOUT THE MAKER
Patrick and Peggy’s chocolate story began during the trip of a lifetime. Hopping on their bikes, the pair spent months cycling around Iran, Nepal, India and Mexico, before deciding to travel through the scarcely inhabited landscape of Belize. While travelling through the mountainous landscapes in the south of the country, the pair ran into the descendants of the Mayas, who were cultivating cocoa in the dense tropical rainforest according to centuries-old traditions. After returning to their home in eastern Germany, Patrick and Peggy found themselves dreaming of importing and distributing Mayan cocoa all across Europe, but soon learnt that most chocolates on the supermarket shelf are made from industrially produced cocoa mass and that there was no market for high-quality cocoa. The solution: to make chocolate themselves!
The beans in this bar were sourced from Semuliki Forest Cacao, a grower-centred fermentary that works with over one thousand small-scale organic cocoa farmers. It lies in Bundibugyo, a district of western Uganda that borders the Semuliki National Park. Renowned for its cocoa production, the district also neighbours the Rwenzori Mountains, a diverse ecosystem that is legendary for holding the source of the Nile River.
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