Pure Rainforest Chocolate

 

Our friends at OlsenFarmFiji (OFF), Jytte & Michael Olsen, invested in 2008 in a piece of rainforest in the eastern part of the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu, about two hours drive from Suva, the capitol. A neglected area that, by hard work and considerable investments, today contains a well-functioning cocoa plantation and a self-build house, self-supplying with energy and water from a creek.

The daily work in the plantation is done with very little machinery, a machete or small brushcutters, worked by adult fijians. The men are in charge of trimming the rainforest, so it doesn’t smother the cocoatrees but still provides shade for them. These trees belong to the cocoa group Forastero,

When we call our chocolate handmade, we mean it! We have had every single bean in our hands. Making high quality chocolate is a long process. We  work with passion and love to create a gourmet product.

We are also proud to support the employment on our island, as it is a local transporter, BHS Logistics, that takes care of shipping the cocoabeans from Fiji to Bornholm.

Pure Rainforest Chocolate

 

Vores venner på Olsen Fiji Farm (OFF), Jytte og Michael Olsen, investerede i 2008 i et regnskovsareal i den østlige ende af Fiji’s hovedø, Viti Levu, ca to timers kørsel fra hoved-staden Suva. Et forsømt område,  som ved hårdt arbejde og investeringer i dag rummer en velfungerende kakaoplantage og et stort selvbygget hus, selvforsynende med energi og vandforsyning fra en vandkilde.

Alt vedr plantagen er manuelt arbejde og udført af voksne fijianere. Mændene står for at trimme regnskoven, så den ikke kvæler kakaotræerne, men samtidig giver træerne den skygge der kræves. Ingen chokolade uden regnskov. Kakaosorten hedder Forastero.

Når vi kalder vores chokolade for håndlavet, så mener vi det: Hver eneste bønne har været i hånden. At lave kvalitetschokolade fra Bean-to-Bar er en lang proces. Vi arbejder med kærlighed og passion for at skabe et gourmetprodukt af fineste kvalitet.

Vi er også glade for at øge aktivitetsniveauet på Bornholm, idet det er et bornholmsk firma, BHS Logistics, der står for shipping af bønnerne fra Fiji til Bornholm.