The Moka Origins Kokoa Kamili 72% Dark Chocolate Bar is, in a word, scrumptious! Greeting notes reveal the flavor of rich, decadent dark chocolate that transitions into a lovely brightness reminiscent of cherries and orange blossom honey. There is also a hint of toasted nuts layered with rum. The silky smooth mouthfeel is exquisite, and the bar itself is most attractive. In short, this bar is a small slice of heaven, and I invite you to fall in love with it, as I do, each time I savor it!
Moka’s motto is “Buy a bar. Change a life” because their mission is to support, employ, feed, and educate farmers, cacao fermenters and locals while restoring the environment. They do more good work by planting one tree for every product sold in order to fight climate change and foster biodiversity.
Jeff and Ishan, business partners and the heart and soul behind Moka Origins, started their chocolate and coffee endeavor back in 2014, with a sustainable farming venture in Cameroon, West Africa. Their farm in Cameroon continues to flourish. Cacao trees are thriving under the shade of plantain, mango, avocado and citrus trees, and one day soon, Jeff and Ishan hope to incorporate more of the Cameroon crops into their products. Here is Ishan surrounded by the beauty and bounty of cacao:
At present, most of the cacao beans in Moka Origins chocolate is procured from other producing partners around the world. The beans for this bar, for example, come from Mbingu Village in Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. Kokoa Kamili is a well-renowned fermentation facility in Mbingu Village that purchases wet cacao beans at a premium price (actually, the highest price paid for cacao in all of Tanzania) from more than 4,000 smallholder farmers in the region. Kokoa Kamili does great work, not only with the art and science of fermentation, but with training farmers how to increase the quantity of cacao beans without sacrificing quality. They also distribute cacao seedlings to farmers as an investment in their future and the future of fine flavor cacao.
These fine flavor (and organic) beans that Moka Origins sources from Kokoa Kamili are Trinitario beans with a slight presence of Neo-Nacional. They are fermented for 6 days in 3-tier wooden boxes and sun-dried before they arrive at the Moka Origins workshop in Honesdale, PA.
Chocolate is not just about the pleasure we take in savoring it, but also the peace of mind that comes with knowing the craft makers care about the earth and its inhabitants.
- Ingredients: Organic Cocoa Beans, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter
- Net Weight: 68 g./ 2.4 oz.
- Country of Origin: USA