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Kokoa Collection visit the chocolate factory in Antananarivo, Madagascar

Martyn Herriott - Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and to see the wonderful Baobab trees.

CBS are delighted to have a ‘guest blogger’ and he is Paul Eagles of Kokoa Collection. Paul is very committed to his Company offering high quality chocolate callets from countries around the World. Through this maxim, he offers superb products and branding, which Complete Beverage Solutions are delighted to sell.

Over to you Paul.

“Maya and I went to visit the chocolate factory in Antananarivo in Madagascar. The city is a crazy blend of people, cars, market stalls, steep hills, cute 2CV taxis, buildings of every colour; so, when we arrived at the factory it was an oasis of calm. We congratulated Nicolas the manager on having been awarded the Academy of Chocolate Golden Bean the week before for their 100% chocolate.”

The Kokoa Collection Madagascan hot chocolate is 82% and sourced with their “trinitario” and “criollo” cocoa beans from Ambanja in the North of Madagascar in a beautiful region called Sambirano.

“In the factory we saw the sacks of beans come in – they are fermented and dried on the plantation and then once here sifted for any foreign bodies and roasted in 100kg batches in a gas fired roaster for about 20 minutes and then cooled. The husks of the beans are winnowed in another machine and crushed into nibs before being finer ground and pressurised to separate out the oils – cocoa butter.”

Roasting cocoa nibs at chocolate factory in Madagascar
“We went on past the conching machines and seeing the liquid chocolate made into moulds of 75 gram bars that day (one quarter of which are exported the rest to satisfy the domestic market). They are then packed and labelled on an efficient machine and boxed. They have a retail shop in the grounds which we took full advantage of to!”

“It was a fabulous trip; the next day we went on to visit a local orphanage run by the Nicolas’s wife (who herself had grown up in an orphanage) and needs sponsorship for the girls so please do contact me if would like to join in with a sponsorship package. From there we visited another refuge, this time for Madagascar’s most famous inhabitants… Lemurs! Other trips were to the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and to see the wonderful Baobab trees.”

Kokoa Collection is an authentic hot chocolate made with portion controlled tablets of chocolate in varying cocoa percentages. As well as Madagascar, we source white chocolate from Ivory Coast, smooth from Venezuela, classic from Ecuador, dark from Haiti and Peru (plus a Fairtrade 32% powder from Peru) and are currently experimenting with cocoa from the Congo.

At CBS, we are proud to sell the complete Kokoa range and you can see full details at our web site on www.cbs-beverages.co.uk/chocolate. If you want more details please email martyn_herriott@cbs-beverages.co.uk and I will send you further information.

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