Today we had a group of cacao growers from Santo Domingo, Ecuador. The discussion was about how they get paid. Typically growers take their cacao to centers where they sell their cacao. They said…Continue
My name is Joe Meza, I am one of the owners of Mindo Chocolate Makers. We have been working with farmers in Ecuador. We are currently paying the farmers an elevated price, because we believe that they deserve it. We are…"
Mindo Chocolate MakersChocolate Making: From tree to BarLocation: Mindo, EcuadorDates: June 25-29Cost: $750.00 per person (price does not include housing, meals, or transportation to and from Mindo) You will get hands on experience in the following areas: Monday June 259:00 am-12:00 pmChocolate Making from the Bean: micro batches of pure chocolate, milk and white Tuesday June 269:00 am -3:00 pmPlantation tour to an organic, shade grown, family farm Wednesday June 279:00 am-12:00 pmProcessing…See More
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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…"
"Thanks for the quick response. I am in the recipe-testing stage of my bean-to-bar business planning. I would like to use Nacional beans. Obviously, I am dealing in small batches at the moment. What is the minimum order of raw dried beans, in terms…"
"I a community were my wife was born named Jaya, near San Francisco de Macoris. I worked in the area up the mountain from Loma de Jaya to La Colonia in the Peace Corps in the late 80's mostly working with solar electricity. I also…"
"Joseph hope to meet with you soon in Mindo. I am working within an ethical and direct trade model, and there is a lot of work to be done in this area. A huge potential as well. Glad to know there are more of us around."
Thanks for the quick response. I am in the recipe-testing stage of my bean-to-bar business planning. I would like to use Nacional beans. Obviously, I am dealing in small batches at the moment. What is the minimum order of raw dried beans, in terms of weight, that you could offer? What are the prices and shipping costs for various sizes of orders?
Hello everyone. My name is Joe Meza, me and my wife Barbara Wilson own Mindo Chocolate Makers. We started our company about 2 years ago. We have a restaurant and cacao processing plant in Mindo, Ecuador. We buy our cacao from a 54 family cooperative. We only buy the Nacional variety and we insist on buying only good beans, no monilla. We pay better than fair trade prices.
We have built a fermentation and drying site, we also roast our own beans and winnow them. We ship our nibs to Michigan where we make our chocolate. We have increased our production to the point where we can start selling our own line of beans and nibs.
We have been doing chocolate tours on our site and it has become very popular. Mindo is a very touristy area and we give the tours to people from all over the world.