Saturday, 30 August 2008

Save the Rainforest Eat the Chocolate!



Being the owner of the Chocolate Truffle Company I get to taste a lot of chocolate and finding an ethical chocolate with a really great taste has been a struggle. Well after many months I've managed to find a great tasting chocolate with huge ethical qualities.


Having found the chocolate I've now launched a 48g Costa Rican origin chocolate bar made with cocoa beans sourced from a Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farm – guaranteeing that these beans have been grown and harvested responsibly.

The Chocolate – ‘Costa Rica 64’This particular variety is produced from Costa Rican Trinitario cocoa beans. The dark chocolate delivers an exquisite bitter aroma with a strong flavour that is full of character.
Only farms that meet the Rainforest Alliance's environmental and social standards are awarded certification. This ensures that production and farming methods are balanced against the needs of the local ecosystem, and protect its soil, rivers and wildlife. It also guarantees that farmers and farm workers have access to clean and safe living and working conditions, as well as schools, healthcare, decent wages, better markets for their crops and other rights and benefits.

What is the Rainforest Alliance?

The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organisation which works to protect biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour. Its sustainable cocoa program encompasses 17 million acres of tropical land cocoa and provides a means of livelihood for up to 15 million farmers, 90 percent of whom are small holders, labourers and employees in processing factories.

Protecting the Rainforest

Supporting cocoa production contributes to the conservation of the rain forest. This is very important because as in many places in the world, the cocoa in Costa Rica is often cultivated under the shade of native canopy trees on a landscape similar to that of a natural forest. The cocoa plant is protected by the forest and provides a habitat for plant, animal and bird species. For more information visit http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/

I'm really interested to find out your thoughts about ethical chocolate and whether you are aware of other ethical chocolates with a difference....