Q: Where does chocolate come from?
A: Chocolate has its origins in fruit!
Chocolate is mainly derived from cocoa beans - a dried and fermented seed from the Theobroma cacao tree. Cocoa beans are the seed of a fruit called a cocoa pod. Theobroma means “food of the gods” in Latin, so it’s also a pretty divine food!
Q: What makes chocolate chocolate?
A: In order to qualify chocolate as chocolate, it must have cocoa butter.
Q: How does chocolate end up looking the way it does?
A: A process called tempering.
Q: Why should you never play a radio when you're harvesting cocoa pods?
Q: What do cocoa farmers do?
A: A range of tasks requiring knowledge, skill, and physical endurance.
Q: How many cocoa beans does it take to make one bar of chocolate?
A: Approximately 88 cacao beans are used to make one 3.5 oz bar of Divine Chocolate.
Q: Will the world run out of chocolate by the year 2050?
A: Probably not.
Chocolate is a billion dollar global industry, so it’s unlikely that its future will truly be in jeopardy with as much current investment that there is in it. However, new farming approaches may need to be considered in order to adapt to climate change. What's more, cocoa farmers need to be included in any conversation regarding the sustainability of cocoa. The average age of a cocoa farmer in Ghana is 55 years old. Furthermore, many farmers earn on average 84 cents a day from cocoa farming. Cocoa farming is also extremely labor intensive. Pairing these factors together has led many young Ghanaians to explore new career paths. Thus, the question we at Divine Chocolate continue to ask is: How do we attract the next generation of cocoa farmers?
Q: How might climate change affect the chocolate industry?
A: By making cocoa growing areas unsuitable for production.
Cocoa trees grow best in climates located approximately 20 degrees north and south of the equator. In recent years, scientists have communicated concerns that climate change may potentially affect the current areas of cocoa production, causing them to become unsuitable for growing due to changes in temperature and rainfall.
Q: What is Divine Chocolate doing to support cocoa sustainability?
A: We're doing business differently with a unique business model.
At Divine Chocolate, the cocoa farmers who grow the finest quality cocoa for the chocolate also own 44% of the company and share in the profits. As such, we are challenging the terms of world trade and showing that, by owning the largest share of Divine, smallholder farming families are not only sustainably remunerated as suppliers, they are also empowered to invest in their own families, farms and communities, making their own decisions about their future, and in turn making cocoa farming more attractive to the next generation.
In addition to trading with Divine Chocolate on Fairtrade terms, ensuring the Fairtrade minimum price for cocoa and the Fairtrade premium per metric tonne, Kuapa Kokoo also benefits from two additional income streams: the share of distributed profits (through co-ownership) and the Producer Support and Development Fund (PS&D). To date, over $3.6 million has been invested in PS&D – finance that is directed specifically towards chosen projects co-managed by Kuapa Kokoo and an NGO partner. The projects are aimed particularly at the empowerment of women, maintaining good governance, and testing different farming techniques