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Joseph Meza
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  • Mindo, Pichincha
  • Ecuador
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better pricing for better cacao

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sebastian Sep 16, 2011. 31 Replies

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


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Joseph Meza and Iris Stork are now friends
Aug 9
Joseph Meza replied to Samson's discussion Supplier of organic cocoa beans, nibs and powder in small quantities-advice/recommendation needed.
"Hi Samson I work with a cooperative in Ecuador, they can supply you with the beans, I can supply you with nibs, cocoa powder, cocoa liquor and cocoa butter. Joseph Meza Mindo Chocolate"
Aug 3
Joseph Meza and David Senk are now friends
Aug 2
Joseph Meza and Landen Zernickow are now friends
Aug 1
Joseph Meza replied to Landen Zernickow's discussion Sourcing cacao beans in the group Startup Central
"Hello Landen My name is Joseph Meza, I have a bean to bar company in Mindo Ecuador and Dexter Michigan.  Right now I am in Ecuador and we work with an association of farmers that are looking for people like you.  We are trying to help the…"
Jul 30
Joseph Meza and Tonet Tibay are now friends
Jul 7
Joseph Meza posted an event

Mindo cacao and chocolate expo at Mindo Ecuador

June 13, 2014 at 6pm to June 15, 2014 at 3pm
Small chocolate makers, come and meet cacao growers in Ecuador.  Several cooperatives will be present along with some of the best suppliers of fine cacao.Seminars on fermentation, roasting, winnowing, refining, conching and tempering will be available.  New 90 pound ball refiner-conching machine will be exhibited.For more information respond to this noticeSee More
Apr 4
Joseph Meza and Amaleah Brigitte Black-Smiley are now friends
Sep 8, 2013
Delcour Thomas liked Joseph Meza's discussion better pricing for better cacao
Apr 6, 2013
Joseph Meza replied to Lisa R's discussion wholesale cacao beans/nibs in the group Startup Central
"Hi Lisa 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…"
Jan 14, 2013
Joseph Meza is now friends with Karen webster and ChocoFiles
Jul 25, 2012
Joseph Meza is attending Barbara Wilson's event

Mindo Chocolate Makers Chocolate Making: From tree to Bar at Mindo, Ecuador

June 25, 2012 at 9am to June 29, 2012 at 4pm
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
Jun 11, 2012
Joseph Meza replied to Kathryn James's discussion Tracking/managing inventory in the group Startup Central
"The easiest and cheapest way to do what you want is QuickBooks Pro.  It has a decent inventory system, but it is much more than that.  It makes invoices, it does payroll(with an additional cost).  You can write checks and keep all…"
Mar 20, 2012
Joseph Meza and Mimi Wheeler are now friends
Feb 14, 2012
Joseph Meza replied to Mimi Wheeler's discussion Any bulk organic, fair trade or Rainforest Alliance certified quality couverture chocolate available?
"Mimi 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…"
Feb 14, 2012
Jeff Kuehl left a comment for Joseph Meza
"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…"
Oct 4, 2011

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Making the best brownies by using our own chocolate liquor
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At 1:05pm on October 4, 2011, Jeff Kuehl said…
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?
At 11:09pm on August 14, 2011, Joseph Meza said…


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.


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