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June 24, 2019

Transforming Saludengen

It is a harvest season again for many cocoa farmers across Indonesia. For us, a new season brings a wave of excitement as we look forward to sourcing new batches of cocoa beans from our hard-working smallholder partners farmers across the country. One of the notable areas where we source our beans from is Saludengen, a small village in Mamasa in the District of West Sulawesi that has around 150 farmers working with us. It is the source of our Silver Award, Single Origin Saludengen bar. We started our collaboration with farmers here back in 2017, starting with only 30 farmers […]
June 24, 2019

Pulau Seram Plantation Visit

On the 19th of May, I took a trip with several other cacao-nuts (Yoshino and Tashiki of Dari-K and Thomas of BT Cocoa) to the eastern-most part of Indonesia that I’ve ever been to – Pulau Seram in Maluku. The goal of this trip was to visit a large private cocoa plantation, and explore the potential for partnerships or collaborations. I had a number of reservations before the trip. In the world of palm oil and deforestation, large plantations have a negative reputation of not being the most sustainable forms of production (to put things lightly). Plus I was not […]
May 10, 2019

Gifting the Goodness of the Archipelago

This season of anticipation for the warmth of togetherness that comes with Idul Fitri is one that celebrates the previous month of fasting, a physical and spiritual act that calls for introspection, empathy, and service. The inevitable reunions with family and friends also come with them an exchange of stories, gifts, and food. If you’re short on ideas on what to gift family at upcoming reunions, why not say it with chocolate? Krakakoa chocolates are gifts with true meaning. The tenets that make up the core of fasting month are also the same ones that Krakakoa was founded for: we […]
May 10, 2019

The Chocolate and Coffee Connection

One of life’s simpler pleasures is sipping on an aromatic cup of coffee; and many people who enjoy this pastime often do with a sweet accompaniment, with chocolate coming in first on that list. It is universally agreed-upon that coffee and chocolate make for a great pairing, but have you ever wondered why? Before diving into the flavor profiles of chocolate and coffee, remember that they share similar histories, origins, and processes: they’re both seeds of a tropical fruit that were considered critical commodities at the height of European colonialism before the 20th century, and they continue to remain a […]
April 30, 2019

Earth: More than a Raw Material

Rates of climate change presently plaguing the planet have hit unprecedented numbers. It happens to meet the crossroads of high production amidst resource scarcity, so it is no longer enough for brands to produce products that possess just functionality and artistic value: consumers are increasingly beginning to understand how their their purchases have negative consequences on the planet, and have pressed upon themselves the moral imperative to purchase products with as little carbon footprint as possible. Measurement of carbon footprints has long been regarded as an effective way of determining the direct effects that a product has on the planet. […]
April 19, 2019

Every day is Earth Day

Make no bones about it: Earth Day is more than just a novelty annual event. First celebrated in 1970 following a catastrophic oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara the year prior, generations since have dedicated April 22 to reflect on — and make alterations to — lifestyle choices that have a negative impact on the planet. A measurable yardstick for that impact used by both large industries and individuals is the carbon footprint we leave behind on a daily basis. There also exist more visible markers of environmental degradation caused by human activity: in Indonesia, the acreage of […]
February 13, 2019

Krakakoa & Lewis and Carroll Tea and Chocolate pairing

Chocolate makes for excellent bedfellows with several drinks: it’s not uncommon to attend pairing sessions where different types of chocolate are paired with select wines or coffees to elevate or augment the particular notes in a couverture chocolate bar. But on January 26, 2018, we took it to another level when we collaborated with artisanal tea crafters, Lewis & Carroll, for an afternoon of chocolate and tea. Established in 2015 and known for their premium blends of exquisite teas, Lewis & Carroll has inspired legions of new devotees to the art of tea drinking. Their meticulous curation of tea varieties […]
November 19, 2018

Yohans Gozal: The Story of Kilo Bali and Krakakoa

A moment with Chef Yohans Gozal of Kilo Bali The month of November brings with it an exciting collaboration between Kilo Bali and Krakakoa. Since opening its doors in September 2014, Kilo Bali has been treating guests to a range of special dishes created with local ingredients and produce. The restaurant, situation in Seminyak’s bustling Jalan Drupadi, aims to create experiences that captivate the diner’s imagination and palate. Today, we take a moment with Chef have Yohans Gozal who is a chef from Kilo Bali to learn about here with us to share his creative process, and his thoughts on […]
October 17, 2018

Krakakoa featured on Weltspiegel!

Krakakoa was featured on Weltspiegel, a German TV Program that aired on 23 September 2018. Our CEO, Sabrina, talked why she started Krakakoa and how we make a difference. We are also super excited to have one of our farmers, Pak Taufik, make his international TV debut in the program. Click on this link for to watch the full episode.  
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