The inspiration behind Love Cocoa comes from founder James Cadbury's, great-great-great grandfather John Cadbury, who setup Cadbury chocolate nearly 200 years ago. The philanthropist built Cadbury on great ethical grounds, looking after its workforce and improving civil rights. With the family no longer involved, the business was subject to a hostile takeover in 2010 being sold to a US company.
Love Cocoa was launched in July 2016 built on the principals of the ethical company Cadbury original was.
On 2017 Love Cocoa gain first listings at Fortnum & Mason's, 100 years after they stocked the original Cadbury products.
We take great care in sourcing our chocolate, not just ensuring we are selecting the best tasting chocolate, but also that it is sourced in the right sustainable way.
We work with a supplier who guarantees to cocoa farmers a higher than the market price. Their integrated production value chain means trading directly with farmers with no middlemen and fairer prices for the producers. They go further by working with farmers to improve the way they harvest their crop, from ensuring trees are replanted to monitoring the way the beans are fermented ensuring the full aromas of chocolate are discovered.
The chocolate industry is dominated by many multinationals, we work with a small family ran business who have a long and respectful relationship with all members of the value chain.
In this country, where more than a third of the population lives below poverty line and where unemployment rate was over 14% in 2012, growing cocoa is often the main economic activity in rural areas and the last safety net before rural exodus to crowded cities. It allows numerous families to live in decent conditions.
Since 1988, producers got organized and have created CONACADO: National Confederation of Dominican Cocoa Producers.
At the present date, Kaoka works in partnership with more than 530 farmer’s households.
KAOKA brings its know-how and finances a plan of renovation of the old plantations implementing clonal gardens with selected varieties and demonstration plots.
For our Dark chocolate bars we use one of the world's rarest cocoas "The Nacional" from Ecuador. This Grand Cru cocoa is characterised by floral flavours with delicious aromas.
Sustainability is at the heart of the process with the farming done in an organic way. The work does not stop there, however, with an important part of the process being post-harvest and the renovation of plantations. Young trees are planted to replace old or dying trees to ensure this industry with remain for generations to come. These actions allow not only farmers to improve production and yields of their plantations but ensure the cocoa is the highest quality.