Carbon zero chocolate
Sustainable alternative to coca
How we fit into the bigger picture
As Local as Chocolate gets
Better Beans, Better Flavor
Our chocolate factory, is located in the Peruvian Amazon jungle, in Tarapoto, Peru. It was created through a collaborative effort between NGO funding and local communities in order to compliment the burgeoning cocoa industry in the Region of San Martin in the year 1998. Cocoa was being introduced into this region as a sustainable alternative crop that would replace the dominant coca plantations.
Our purpose was twofold, both intended to promote sustainability for cocoa farmers. One was to provide a processing factory in order to create a local market for cocoa farmers. The other was to provide technical training in field management, harvest and post harvest skills to improve the quality of their product.
We have been producing fine artisanal, bean to bar Peruvian chocolate for 15 years. We use organic beans from the Region of San Martin to make a chocolate that is unique in flavor and is signature of this region. Today we continue promoting sustainability for cocoa farmers in the region of San Martin by working directly with farmers in the field, promoting cooperativism, providing training and tools, and helping communities obtain organic and fair trade certifications. We continue developing strong relationships with our communities and farmers thereby obtaining the highest quality cocoa and promoting sustainable livelyhoods for them in return.
La Orquidea chocolate uses the highest quality cocoa beans found in Peru
. We preserve the natural aroma and flavors of our cacao in each of our bars.
Making our chocolate near the fi
elds where our small scale farmers' cacao is
grown provides fair
ying wages to women in eastern Peru.
chocolates send their beans halfway around the world to be turned into
chocolate and then to you. We stay as local as you can
We invite you to learn more about us, our
beans, our bars, and a part of the
world that is closer than you might think. Thank you for taking interest in our socially responsible company and hope to
hear from you soon
February 11, 2010 - CNN
Chocolate replaces cocaine in some areas of Peru
By Mariano Castillo, CNN
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