Cacao beans

Cacao beans have been sourced either from our own cacao processing facilities in Makira or directly from high quality farmers. We pay these farmers between 2 to 3 times higher than the bulk cacao price in Honiara.

We store beans in our storage areas in Honiara, Solomon Islands; Brisbane, Australia an beans are also available in Europe from our European distributor Cocoanect.

We are currently supplying a number of high quality craft bean to bar chocolate makers in Australia including Ratio Cocoa Roasters (Melbourne), Atypic Chocolate (Melbourne), Smooth Chocolator (Geelong), Cailo Chocolate (Perth), Metiisto Chocolate (Toowoomba) amongst others.Β  A number of other chocolate makers in Australia and NZ also source from the same farmers, however use an Australian Aid intermediary as the broker.

Contact us to get latest prices and stock available.

Note – if you are an Australian home bean to bar maker that is just starting out, we can supply you with roasted nibs and tips on making bean to bar craft chocolate. Contact me for details.

The standard farming origins of Cacao beans available from mid May 2017 include:

Farmer Robert Waisu, from North East Guadalcanal. Beans are Amelonado variety, fermented for 6 or 7 days and turned every day. Solar dried for 5 days.

Photos of Robert Waisu and his cacao solar dryer (Source: Unknown/PHAMA program)


Farmer Agnes Pilopasi from North Guadalcanal. Beans are a mixture of Amelonado, Trinitario and Criollo variety, fermented for 6 or 7 days and turned every day. Solar dried for 5 days.

Agnes placed second at the inaugural 2016 Solomon Islands Chocolate festival. (The eventual winner was Elsie Zota, whose cacao went on to come third in a dark chocolate bar by Dick Taylor chocolates at the US NorthWest Chocolate festival in late 2016.)


Photos of Agnes Pilopasi at her farm (two photos on right – source: Samantha Rini/PHAMA program)


Farmer Lucy Kasimwane, from Central Makira. Beans are mainly Amelonado variety, fermented for 6 or 7 days and turned every day. Solar dried for 5 days.


Photos of Lucy Kasimwane at her farm and cacao solar dryer (Source: Samantha Rini/PHAMA program)


2018 Update: New farmers include:

David Kebu (Guadalcanal) – Third place at International Cocoa Excellence Awards in 2015

Kenny Patovaki (Western Province) – First place at Solomon Islands Chocolate Week 2017

Lenard Nahurua (Makira)

Kemuel Gapu (Makira)

Cathliro Enterprise – Black Post co-op (Guadalcanal)

Cathlirl Enterprise – Tenaru co-op (Guadalcanal)


Samples

2kg samples are available for a discounted rate for craft chocolate makers, postage to be paid by purchaser.


Large volume orders and discounts

For orders over 100kg, a discount rate applies.

There may be a 3 month lead time required for multi-tonne orders.


For questions, samples or orders, contact us via the Contact page.