28th July, 2010 - Posted by Jocelyn Boreta - 5 Comments
July 31: Fair Trade Chocolate Tasting
Economic Justice for the Cocoa Farmers has never Tasted so Good!
Saturday July 31, 11-4pm
Join us at the Global Exchange stores in San Francisco and Berkeley to learn about the exemplary practices of Fair Trade company Divine Chocolate and to sample a FREE selection of their fine Fair Trade Chocolate:
70% Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate with Raspberries, Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut, White Chocolate with Strawberries and more!
At the heart of Divine’s heavenly tasting chocolate there is a unique story. Not only do the Kuapa Kokoo farmers’ receive a Fair Trade price for their cocoa, but they also own 45% of the company, and therefore have a direct influence over how the company is run and share in the profits from the chocolate.
Kuapa Kokoo – which means good cocoa growers – has a mission to empower farmers in their efforts to gain a dignified livelihood, to increase women’s participation in all of Kuapa’s activities, and to develop environmentally friendly cultivation of cocoa. Kuapa strives to ensure that all its activities are transparent, accountable and democratic. It doesn’t cheat the farmers by using inaccurate weighing scales, as other buying agents often do, and because it operates so efficiently, it can pass on the savings to its members. After seeing the benefits Kuapa gains for its members, more and more farmers want to join and the association now has upwards of 40,000 members organized in approximately 1300 village societies.
Cocoa from Ghana is of a high quality and trades at a premium on the world market. Kuapa Kokoo’s motto is pa pa paa – which means the best of the best in the local Twi language.
Global Exchange Fair Trade San Francisco Store
4018 24th Street (near Noe)
San Francisco CA 94114 (map)
Global Exchange Fair Trade Berkeley Store
2840 College Ave (Between Russell St. and Stuart St.)
Berkeley, CA 94705 (map)
Posted on: July 28, 2010
Filed under: Global Exchange Store Updates