Sweet Earth Chocolates is a good source for Fair Trade/Organic certified bulk couverture chips (65%, 54%, 34% milk, and white). Other companies that I know of (Ciranda, Puratos) have minimum orders that are several thousand dollars.
Sweet Earth's contact info:
Sweet Earth Chocolates
1491 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401Phone (805) 544-7759
Fax (805) 544-7756
Chips come in 25 lb increments (full bag), but can be ordered by the pound (for more).
5% off 50 lb orders
10% off 100 lb orders
Hope that this helps,
Confections With Convictions
116 W. Crosstown Pkwy., Ste. 101
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
I am working with a group of local farmers close to Mindo. We practice what we call direct trade. I pay these farmers 3 times what they are getting from middle men. We can produce quite a bit of couverture and we can make it to your specifications. If you are interested we can talk more about it.
My posting is quite old and since then I have expanded to use chocolate from other south american countries. I am all set right no- but thanks. Unfortunately Norm and I will not be coming to Ecuador this spring- tickets became too expensive because we acted late on shopping. I might be coming down in November. I hope that you and Barbara are well! I advertise Mindo Chocolate when I can!
Warm regards, Mimi
Mimi- I've been buying the Akoma brand from Guittard because they're fair-trade and will let me buy in 50# bags if I talk to someone personally. I'm curious about the ones you've found. Would you tell me about them?
I recommend TCHO. They are a great company doing very innovative things from their factory right here in San Francisco. I have been eating and baking with their chocolate for years now and it never disappoints. It's got an overall more fruity taste but their flavors vary.
some products are organic, some fair trade certified and others go beyond since they work with farmers directly.