We are proud of the organic cacao we source. CHOC Chick is one of the only businesses in the UK to import directly from cooperatives in Ecuador. Our CHOC Founder, Galia Orme, has visited cooperatives and cocoa plantations to source the finest sustainable, single origin cacao used in all CHOC Chick ingredients and product.
We chose the delicious, single origin Nacional Arriba Fino de Aroma bean, that is renowned for its floral and fruity notes and has existed in Ecuador since Inca, Aztec and Mayan times. It’s the national bean of Ecuador and by only sourcing Nacional cacao, we are contributing to the continued existence and sustainability of this noble cocoa bean.
We work with cooperatives of family farms that have grown cacao for generations. Our cacao farmers are masters in the growing, fermentation and drying of the cocoa bean to ensure the quality, taste and safety of CHOC Chick cacao. Our beans are minimally processed to retain the natural goodness and all batches undergo microbiological testing to ensure they are completely free of harmful bacteria.
We are also incredibly proud of the complete traceability of production of our cacao and are able to trace each batch from the plantation to fermentation, drying and production.
We love our cacao and hope you enjoy and love CHOC Chick cacao ingredients as much as we do!
Once ripe, the cacao pod is picked, cut open and the seeds are removed. The shells are left to ferment the soil and other crops. Most of the plantations we source from grow a range of crops, from coffee, bananas, oranges to cacao and the shells and outer skins of all the crops are left to ferment the soil, adding to the unique flavour of the Nacional Arriba bean.