Chocolate Seeds Producer Nahualli Trading Co. Inks Deal for Organic Cocoa Beans with Farmers in Ecuador | Business Wire
Trading Company, master crafter of Chocolate Seeds,
today announced its agreement for the purchase of organic cocoa beans
an association of certified organic cocoa farmers in Ecuador’s
Esmeraldas Province. FONMSOEAM is comprised of 400
small-scale cocoa farmers who support rain forest preservation in their
farming practices and work with the non-governmental organization Great
Wilderness, which protects tropical ecosystems.
Purchasing directly from farmers and paying a wage above prices
identified by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
for organic cocoa beans (or cacao beans, as they're referred to
locally), Nahualli Trading Co. guarantees exceptional quality in its
Chocolate Seeds product.
Paul Mosca, owner of Nahualli
Trading Co. and gourmet chocolate artisan, noted that
the fair trade and organic practices, as well as the ecological
sensitivity to the bean growing process, are important to his business
from both a product and ethical perspective.
“By going directly to the farmer and not through a broker, we can
build a relationship and ensure we're receiving high quality beans,” he
said. “We buy our beans from just a few farms. Although we place
multiple orders in a year, just one order could pay for a farmer’s
entire annual salary. At the same time, we're mindful of our footprint
on the environment in all aspects of producing our Chocolate Seeds.”
Mosca’s first order of Chocolate Seeds produced from the organic
cocoa beans shipped this week to retailers in Washington, D.C., North
Carolina and the Midwest, including the Chocolate Exhibition traveling
to natural science museums across the United States.
About Nahualli Trading Company and Chocolate Seeds
Since 2008, Raleigh, N.C.-based Nahualli
Trading Company has been producing Chocolate Seeds, a whole,
shelled cocoa bean covered in dark chocolate. Owner and master chocolate
artisan Paul Mosca roasts well-fermented cocoa beans, then uses a
traditional panning technique to coat each bean with dark chocolate. The
bean-to-bean process is a commitment to the authentic nature of the
cocoa bean and the resulting Chocolate Seed. Nahualli Trading Company
sources its beans from certified organic cocoa farmers in Ecuador and
distributes its products in the United States on the East Coast and
throughout the Midwest and California.
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