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ORIGIN TYPE: Association what’s this? 12 members, Established 2012
CocoaEthika was created in 2012 by a small chocolate loving family who came up with an idea that brought together a group of revolutionary thinking entrepreneurs, farmers and scientists in order to create a sustainable high quality farm to chocolate supply chain. By developing an economic model that rewards not only fine flavor cacao genetics but post harvest quality processing, our aim is to fill a rising demand for ultra premium cacao. CocoaEthika operates a handmade cacao processing business. Located in La Palma, a small town on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, on the edge of Corcovado National Park, which contains the only protected region of Tropical Wet forest on the Pacific slopes of Mesoamerica and was described by National Geographic as "the most biologically intense place on Earth." Our company's unique location has fostered relationships with farmers, processors, transporters and all levels of the cacao to chocolate life chain. With experience in the farming, cacao processing and commodities fields, our company has important on-the-ground experience. CocoaEthika aims to promote diversified permaculture cacao farming to smallholder farmers and the indigenous communities of the Osa Peninsula in order to meet the rising demand for ultra premium cacao from specialty chocolate makers. We aim to grow farmers income while promoting reforestation on the Osa Peninsula. Our goal is to plant as much as 250,000 preferred variety cacao trees through building 3 more nurseries and working with 40-50 small scale family farms and the indigenous Guaymi/ Ngobe of The Alto Laguna Reserve (located on 2780 hectares of forested land apt for cacao). This will allow CocoaEthika in the coming years to purchase and process over 200 metric tonnes of cacao per year. We are able to pay farmers higher premiums and invest in creating a sustainable high quality supply by connecting local farmers directly with the premium chocolate industry. By eliminating intermediaries more of the final product's value is passed on to farmers.
PRODUCTION CAPACITY: 1-2 metric tons/year
OTHER CROPS: -
PROJECTED PRODUCTION CAPACITY NEXT YEAR: 2-3 metric tons/year
We work through 7 main providers and have 15 in total. Our vision of the future is to continue to collectively promote cacao on the Osa Peninsula rather than the depredatory monoculture Palma plantations that require massive deforestation. We would like to experiment with transmuting old Palma plantations into cacao along with hardwoods, cardamom, vanilla, black pepper, ginger and turmeric.
In 2016 we lost around 30% of our production due to extreme weather conditions and massive flooding during peak harvest. We would like to build a better solar dryer and a natural gas dehydrator as back up for the coming years.
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