Divine Chocolate Organic
85% Dark Chocolate with Refreshing Lemon
85% Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs
Cocoa nibs are 100% pure cocoa beans that have been harvested, fermented, dried, cleaned and consumed for many healthful reasons. Cocoa nibs are high in fiber, antioxidants, and add a delicious crunch to the rich 85% dark chocolate in this new bar.
85% Dark Chocolate with Turmeric and Ginger
85% Dark Chocolate with Blueberry and Popped Quinoa
This bar is bursting with flavor. The smooth dark chocolate highlights the subtle sweetness of the blueberry and the popped quinoa gives a delightful crunch.
CECAQ-11 is a fairtrade and organic certified co-operative located in tropical São Tomé. The co-op consists of 1,135 farmer members, 402 of which are women. This democratic institution is divided into 23 associations with leadership in each. This allows members of the co-operative to elect which members they believe will serve the best as leaders to the rest. Being a part of a co-operative is helpful in many ways for farmers, with the main benefit being that by selling the cocoa within the co-operative to companies like Divine, farmers receive a higher price through Fairtrade standards and enjoy more resources to sustain their livelihoods.
CECAQ-11 values democracy, transparency, and openness in all they do. Since 2003, this co-op has been developing and growing their membership with some help from the International Fund for Agricultural Development. This is exciting for us at Divine Chocolate because we are thrilled to have more opportunities to work with farmers in supporting them economically and socially.
Meet the Farmers
Sisters Rosa and Germenia have both been farmers in the CECAQ-11 cooperative since 2009. Both farm 2.5 hectares of land and are married with children. We asked both sister what makes them happy. Germenia replied saying, "it’s the community here that makes me happy. We are unified and as one.” Rosa says that her "family and my community make me happy. Growing cocoa and earning more money would make me happy too!”
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São Tomé photos by David Chancellor and Organic Line photos by Meghan LaPrairie.