Idukki is a part of the state of Kerala, in the southern part of India. The area is well known for the cultivation of herbs and spices. The Idukki Hills, which were recently internationally recognised for their cocoa of good quality. It all started with the construction of a fermentation and drying facility by GoGround, which was established by a Belgian-Italian couple with passion, who are committed to making a positive change in the rural society.

The cocoa is fermented in wooden boxes, at four levels. The cocoa is dried on special tables under strict control. The focus of the GoGround philosophy is to build long-term relationships with the farmers, and the creation of positive social and economic possibilities in the beautiful region of Kerala, india.

On the ecological packaging an Indian elephant is pictured. The beans of this chocolate originate from the Kerala region in India known for its large population of Indian elephants. These beautiful animals are an integral part of the Indian culture – in Kerala, local festivals and processions feature at least one decorated elephant. Sadly, the population of elephants has declined sharply in recent years.

Cacao producer: High Range Organic Producers Society – HOPS – Adimali, Idukki, Kerala – India

Cacao type: Forastero / Trinitario, Mankuva variety intercropped with fruits and spices

Post-Harvest Center: Go Ground, Bharath Gas Udumbanoor, Kerala

Harvest: 2019

Ingredients: organic cacao beans, organic beet sugar, organic cacao butter

BB: 2021-03 with lot number