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Jan 15th: Nglanggeran Chocolate House

This morning, we headed out to Nglanggeran Chocolate House (Di Griya Cokelat Nglanggeran) to learn about their unique village operated social enterprise. The Nglanggeran Village is most known for their close location to the Kedung Kandang Waterfall so many tourists pass through the village and frequently stop at Nglanggeran Chocolate House showroom for local chocolate …

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Jan 12th: Ciao Cau for Now

Today, we were lucky enough to talk with Professor Ganda Putra, who is an agricultural technology research professor from Universitas Udayana in Denpasar, Bali. We wanted to understand his perspective on the value chain of cocoa and his academic expertise in cocoa bean production.  Professor Putra talking to the SMART team One interesting topic Professor …

Jan 9th: Back to the Beginning – Farm & Cooperative Visits

To understand the cocoa value chain, today we went back to the beginning by looking at the growing, harvesting and fermentation stages. We visited Koperasi Kerta Semaya Semaniya (KSS Cooperative), which consists of 609 farmers in Jembrana region, one of the 2 biggest cacao-producing regions in Bali. Additionally, KSS specializes in producing certififed high-quality & …

Jan 7th: Market Research and Meeting Mr. Surya of Cau Chocolates

Starting the day early at 9am with having breakfast together at the hotel's restaurant, we then had a quick meeting on the run-down of today's events: Market Research and an Initial Meeting with Mr. Surya of Cau Chocolates. Since our meeting with Mr. Surya was not until 1pm, we decided to go to nearby supermarkets …