FREE SHIPPING IN ALL ORDERS

How Dark Chocolate Benefits the Life of Others - Angela's Story

June 08, 2019

dark chocolate benefits Angela

When we founded Club ChoKolate in 2017, we began on a mission to be customer-focused, and share anything related to well-made chocolate sustainably. This post is about the latter, how dark chocolate benefits the lives of others by giving back to people that will keep this "cacao-chocolate" field moving forward.

After our first full year, 2018, we had Venezuela's artisan chocolate makers and cacao producers in mind for our first donation since we are also Venezuelans and know the current critical situation there. This contribution will be funded by a percentage of our revenue, and this would be another dark chocolate benefit! What we mean is that by you, our customers, buying products from Club ChoKolate, and supporting our activities, you are directly benefiting the cacao farmers and chocolate artisans. In this case, Angela, a very humble, hard-working lady whom we have not met yet.

How did we make the connection with Angela? Well, it was a long way, but worth every minute. We contacted María Fernanda Di Giacobbe, one of the most influential personalities in the fine chocolate and fine flavor cacao, also a Venezuelan and founder of Cacao de Origen.  She is the winner of the 2016 Basque Culinary world prize for her work within the cacao and chocolate movement in Venezuela where many people, especially women, have been trained in quality cacao practices, and bean-to-bar chocolate making, giving hope to the recovery of Venezuela's cacao and chocolate industry within the current critical political and economic situation. As you can see, dark chocolate benefits expand beyond health, it impacts the lives of people in many countries.

María Fernanda suggested an excellent idea. She knew about Ángela Gonzalez, cacao balls and chocolate spread producer in the small town of Río Caribe on the east coast of Venezuela. Ángela trained with her mother in the art of chocolate making and then continued her entrepreneurship by herself until becoming famous locally as well as nationally, winning local and national recognition. However, she was using corn grinder and a home food processor, as well as Río Cacao's school facilities to make her products. Important to note that Angela's efforts are what sustains her family, including a child with special needs. Angela had been saving money to buy a chocolate refiner machine for years, but she was never able to complete the amount or had to use her funds for more critical needs. María Fernanda told us, "we bring small chocolate refiners for small producers like Ángela. Do you think Club ChoKolate can sponsor her refiner?" Our answer was an immediate "YES!" this is precisely how we envision how good quality dark chocolate benefits the people directly involved with it.

Now, you won't believe what came next. The simple part was for me to transfer the money, so the equipment can be purchased, but getting the refiner to Ángela is a story in itself. Most people cannot comprehend how easy we have it in the USA or any other industrialized country. Here, we would probably order this machine online, and then ask to be shipped to a recipient of our choice, and done. However, other countries have different circumstances. María Fernanda kept us informed each step of the way. She received the chocolate refiner, now how to bring that to Ángela from Caracas to Río Caribe, an 8 - 9 hours drive.

daek chocolate benefits angela rio caribe venezuela

Some of her connections in Venezuela helped her transport the machine. The truck driver, a cacao farmer from Sucre state, met her in the middle of a highway in Caracas to receive the equipment, and then drive all the way to Río Caribe. Finally, Ángela received the machine in April 2019. It took us months to coordinate this delivery, but it was well worth it.

After Ángela became aware that she was going to receive the refiner and then when she actually go it, we never heard more "thank you" and expressions of gratefulness coming from one person. Now we know how you can recognize when dark chocolate benefits the lives of others through finding the tools needed to make craft chocolate products, by people that care and dedicate time and effort to achieve excellence, despite the shortcoming. By the text message we received, as well as the voice notes, we can tell that the impact we have made in Àngela's life, and that of her family is just gigantic. We feel honored and proud to have contributed to the improvement of a Venezuelan family that we know will carry the artisan chocolate torch for many years to come.

Her first batch is made with cacao from a producer named Calixto López. The cacao varietal is "Agua Fría," also from the same region. So this dark chocolate small family business is not only helping the family that makes it, but also the local cacao farmer.

dark chocolate benefits angela y calixto

This sentiment could not get any better; except for trying Ángela's chocolate spread very soon.  Club ChoKolate feels honored to expand the dark chocolate benefits, specifically to have helped this woman and her family achieve their dreams, and sustain artisan chocolate production for years to come. Thanks for reading this far and happy chocolate life!

Ramón




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Dark Chocolate Experience Blog

dark chocolate benefits and coffee
How one [1] piece of Craft Chocolate can beat 💪 your [3] cups of ☕ coffee a day

June 30, 2020

During stressful times with huge amounts of work and unexpected changes, it is easy to get hooked in drinking two, three, or more cups of coffee a day. This is the constant rush in our lives and the push for staying alert and productive. It then turns into the new normal: many cups of coffee throughout the day to “stay alive.” In this article, I want to show you how dark chocolate can beat those cups of coffee and benefit you.

Continue Reading

dark chocolate benefits ingredients
HOW to identify a REAL DARK CHOCOLATE 🍫by REALLY looking and reading the package

May 17, 2020

After people reach their early 30's, they become more conscious of their health. So if you are a long-time chocolate enthusiast, chances are you're now opting for higher quality chocolate bars. Still, it might be complicated to identify the genuine and high-quality chocolates you desire.  Make sure you read until the end since I will describe my experience learning how to find the dark chocolate bar that benefits your health, your experience, and the planet among all the possible options available.

Continue Reading

dark chocolate benefits tasting
[8] Simple steps for How to HOST a CHOCOLATE 🍫TASTING during quarantine! – Dark chocolate benefits for families

April 18, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has forced us to put our lives on hold, slow down from the everyday rush, the crazy traffic, and the endless commuting. 

The first few days at home were easily packed with a TV show or that book you never got to finish.  In this blog post, I want to teach you [8] simple basics steps to have a dark chocolate tasting and enjoy its benefits.

Continue Reading