After the scandal of child labor and modern slavery in the 2000’s, the chocolate lobby convinced angry regulators that the industry could fix the child labor issue by 2005.
Certifications, such as Fairtrade, UTZ, and Rainforest Alliance used to be perceived as great initiatives, but over the years they have become more of a marketing tool to bypass certain morals and put the consumer more at ease when in reality. Over 20 years later, not much has changed.
While global GDP has grown by 271% since 1990, the number of people living on less than $5/day has increased by more than 370 million. Confronting inequality is the only way to end poverty in a climate-constrained world.
Poverty-reduction relies on a fair distribution of our planet’s resources and not on the prospect of growth at the expense of our planet.
Bantu Chocolate isn’t about the pursuit of endless industrial growth while chewing through our living planet and threatening our existence but instead Bantu Chocolate is about nurturing our nature.
By cultivating our own Cacao on a land passed down through generations, and producing a tasteful bean-to-bar chocolate, we want to wash away the persistent negative stereotypes surrounding West Africa Cacao and show that there are quality-conscious makers committed to ethically sourced, traceable and high-quality beans.
That is why at Bantu Chocolate, our farm is located in Cameroon, we make chocolate in London, and work hard to bring all the attention back to Cameroon and Africa as a whole by promoting children’s education and literacy in our village, creating employment opportunities as well as having a positive community impact by paying our collaborators a living wage.
This will empower and support local members of the communities to solve their problems by themselves and help to fill in the gaps in basic health, education, income generation, and hygiene improvements.
Sustainable cocoa is cocoa farmed and marketed in a way that is profitable to the farmer, friendly to the environment, and respects human rights.
Wondering whether cacao can replace your coffee? You’re not alone. While coffee consumption remains popular, more people are also seeking cacao substitutes for their cup of morning joe. And that for good reasons.
Comparing the amount of caffeine in hot chocolate vs. coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages is not as simple as you may think. The caffeine content in these products varies a lot by type of bean or leaves used, origin of the plant, and processing techniques.
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