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Nativo Project: News from the field


Since we kick-started our Nativo Project last November together with over 1000 chocolate lovers who supported our crowdfunding campaign, many things have happened on the ground in Peru … 200 Nativo trees planted We planted 200 young cacao Nativo trees on the farms of our communities Pucallpillo and Santa Rosa in the name of our…

Expert interview with Bioversity


What is Bioversity and what exactly do you do? Bioversity is part of an international network of research centres specialised in agriculture and development. We study how the agricultural biodiversity of useful plants and trees can help improve the living conditions of small producers. Cocoa is one of our primary concerns. We coordinate the Cacao Net(a network…

The quest for gold in the Alto Huayabamba


This year I spent six months in the Alto Huayabamba. My mission was to precisely study the various cocoa trees growing on the fincas (plots) of Choba Choba cocoa producers to create a detailed catalogue of the different cocoa varieties in the valley. Early on, we thought there were between forty and fifty different cocoa trees…

Origin Trips: Discover our cacaos in Peru


Would you like to dive into the lush Peruvian jungle? Live with the farmers that produce your favorite chocolate and learn everything you wanted to know about cacao? Then join our origin trips to the Alto Huayabamba Valley! Monika, a big fan of Choba Choba and supporter of our Revolution, traveled to the origins of…

Nativo Project: Revealing the Treasures of the Amazon


Last October we took our Chocolate Revolution to the next level! Weary of the industry‘s dull chocolates that all taste alike because they are created with only a few cacao varieties among the hundreds that exist in the world… we decided to bring new colors into this monotony and reveal the treasures slumbering in the…

Choba Choba initiates academic research partnership


In view of the starting Nativo Project, Choba Choba recently visited the Universidad Agraria de la Selva (UNAS) in Lima, Peru. The two parties initiated a research partnership to conserve and re-produce the ‘nativos’, ancient and indigenous cocoa species that grow in the wild. They also decided to cooperate on other agronomy topics such as organic methods to fight the Plague…

Inauguration of new post-harvest Centre


On 13 October, our cocoa farmers organised a lively inauguration ceremony for the newly built post-harvest Centre in Pucalpillo, Peru. The Centre will host all fermentation and drying activities, two key steps in the creation of an excellent chocolate. Many of the different aromas we find in a fine chocolate bar are actually created as…