Specialty cocoa products for the specialty coffee industry
In 1991, our founder was a newcomer to the world of cocoa processing; he had many questions for this centuries-old industry:
- Why were there so few “clean ingredient” statements on products that should be simple and natural?
- Why were there no “single origin” cocoa products showcasing attributes of cocoa beans cultivated in a particular country?
- Why were cocoa-growing countries content to export only raw beans, allowing other countries to capture the profit sitting atop the cocoa value chain?
And so, years before the terms “fair trade” or “corporate social responsibility” held any currency, our founder started a modest cocoa company named after the Ghanaian word for “paramount king.” He named the company, Omanhene.