Rwenzori Mountains

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ORIGIN TYPE: Cooperative what’s this? 1000 members, Established 2011

Clemens and Corinne initiated a project that assists cocoa farmers to establish cooperates and to obtain organic and fair trade certification. In an area of extreme poverty, the partnership realized a cohesive community and now constitute the lifeline for nearly 1000 families. The project also supports farmers in bio-dynamic farming and assures that only fully ripe cocoa pods are harvested. The ripe pods are opened in the field and delivered to a fermentation center the same day where the fresh cocoa is fermented according to strictly defined protocols. In order to obtain the desired flavor, the fermenting cocoa is closely monitored on temperature and aeration over a period of six days. After fermentation, the beans are spread for drying under greenhouse cover. A wooden floor helps to reduce acidity and to obtain a smooth flavor in the cocoa. Before bagging, the cocoa beans are cleaned and hand sorted. The result is a fully traceable and homogenous selection of finest beans that are grown and processed with love and care, and in harmony with nature. Touched by the story, the unique taste and rich bouquet of these cocoa beans, the Rwenzori Mountains deserve a prominent role in the world of craft chocolate making. We are very happy to be part of this journey

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Created this page: Apr 12, 2016

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CERTIFICATIONS: Fair Trade, Organic US, Organic EU

VARIETALS: forestero, trinitario

PRODUCTION CAPACITY: 60-80 metric tons/year

OTHER CROPS: -

PROJECTED PRODUCTION CAPACITY NEXT YEAR: 60-80 metric tons/year

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