Tropical Coulantwith Choba Choba Chocolate Alto Huayabamba Valley, Peru
“Choba Choba: Yo te ayudo, tu me ayudas” (I help you, you help me).Eric Garnier and Christoph Inauen Chocolate Makers
About Eric and Christoph
After 10 years working in the chocolate industry, the Swiss duo are teaming up with 35 organic cacao farmers from the Peruvian Amazon to create Choba Choba; a chocolate brand in which farmers are not merely raw material suppliers.
Traceability is at the heart of the Choba Choba project. Their chocolates are not made with “Peruvian cacao”, but with the best varieties grown by the communities of Pucallpillo and Santa Rosa. Each chocolate creation is linked to a single farmer and made with their cacao only, a never-seen-before approach in the chocolate industry. The mission of Choba Choba is to create a deep and direct connection between chocolate lovers all over the world and the communities of the Alto Huayabamba Valley.
Today, it is common practice for cacao farmers to sell their produce at very cheap prices to the chocolate industry. Their know-how is poorly rewarded and the industry makes huge profits.
The price for cacao that Choba Choba pays to the farming families is not defined by the international commodity market, but by the farmers themselves through a bottom-up pricing model. The families are not only suppliers, but shareholders of the company. They receive 4% of the turnover in direct payouts and in the form of shares. Choba Choba predicts that the farmers will own at least 33% of the company by 2020.
Eric and Christian believe that only by turning the power relations upside down, putting the farmers into the leading position, can real impact for the cacao farmers and their ecosystems be generated.find out more
Choba Choba combines the best Peruvian cacao with Swiss chocolate making skills. This recipe is a reflection of this fusion; tropical flavours with a touch of European technique.
Dark chocolate is high in flavonoids –specifically catechin, epicatechin, and procyanidins– which are thought to help the cardiovascular system by lowering cholesterol and reducing inflammation.Dr. Marta Guasch-Ferré Dietician and PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology