The cocoa beans used to make this chocolate are grown by 500 smallholder farmers in the lush growing region of Bundibugyo in Uganda. Each farm is 1-2 hectares, either owned as family land or leased from other farmers.
Wet beans are bought and transferred to a central post harvest facility in a converted B&B in the village of Bumate. The location is at the base of the hills leading into the mountains taking advantage of maximum sunshine and limiting runoff.
This chocolate bar is community supported. Chocolate makers are given an opportunity to pay a bonus per kg to be used directly to support the farmers that make Semuliki Forest cacao possible. This year the fund will be used to pay school fees for the farmer’s children.
Origin: Bundibugyo, Uganda
Cacao content: 70%
Tasting notes: raisins, figs, chocolate cake, walnuts, vanilla