Innovation: Building resilience to climatic conditions

Innovation: Building resilience to climatic conditions

More than 66% of the world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa. With demand increasing and production falling behind, technology is finding its way to the farms.  The Harmattan is a dry wind that blows from the Sahara Desert over West Africa towards the Gulf of Guinea. From late November to mid-March, rainfalls in the region become scarce and levels of humidity drop. This year, the season has...

Chocolate & Cannabis; a Match Made in Heaven?

Chocolate & Cannabis; a Match Made in Heaven?

INTRODUCTION If you love chocolate and cannabis, this blog is for you... 😉  The information presented here will explain how these two plants have the ability to procure feelings of joy. It will give you a road map and set of tools to understand how they work together with your body, and how you can effectively use them to promote wellness and balance.   First, let’s tackle the biggest elephant...

Book Review – Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa

Book Review – Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa

Órla Ryan is an Irish journalist who lived in Ghana for approximately 4 years. She worked for Reuters, a media company known for providing information to the media and financial markets. Her mission was to regularly provide stories about cocoa. She interviewed a collective of people from diverse backgrounds and collaborated with them to contribute to her stories. As she explains it in her book,...

Is Chocolate on the Road to Extinction?

Is Chocolate on the Road to Extinction?

If the chocolate industry doesn’t evolve, we might run out of chocolate one day…  In addition to being a whimsical tree, Theobroma Cacao is vulnerable to diseases, pests, climate change and production processes.  Today, the industry’s focus is on rapid and low cost production rather than fine flavor; meaning we are pursuing profit at the expense of chocolate’s great diversity.  The present...

Cocoa & Vanilla: A Love Story

Cocoa & Vanilla: A Love Story

Timeless, classic, meant to be... Cocoa and Vanilla share a beautiful story. Both originated from Central America, and travelled the world to become popular flavors. This short story is an homage to those two lovers. 15th century, Mexico The Totocacs of Mexico had Vanilla, the Aztecs had Cocoa.  Both plants were regarded as having powerful health properties. Their civilizations included them in...

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