At the Wellington Chocolate Factory you can watch cocoa beans being turned into chocolate. We’d like to show you what happens before the beans get to us. Here are some great photos of Bougainville cocoa farming – the ‘bean’ side of bean-to-bar chocolate making- with some of the friends we’re working to support.
These were taken by Gabe on his 2014 Bougainville trip. He met some great people including the local cocoa legend James Rutana who you all now know. Some others you’re about to meet, such as Robert Critchley and his team.
Robert is a local entrepreneur who started Sankamap Exports “to put Bougainville back on the map” via cocoa. Robert had worked in the Papua New Guinea cocoa trading industry but became frustrated that Bougainville cocoa received no recognition when it was exported to international markets. Sankamap is a nickname for Bougainville and means sunrise in Pidgin English.
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