Kallari Sacha Bars and Cacao Farmer Felipe
|Felipe and Becca with Kallari Chocoalte at Chocolopolis Happy Hour|
Meet Felipe and Becca from Kallari Chocolate.
At a recent Chocolopolis happy hour in
Becca travels the western
If you have a chance to meet Becca there will most certainly be chocolate samples and education involved. She spouts information about cacao, such as why it varies in flavor (cacao can pick up flavors of the other fruits that are grown along beside it), or talks about how fresh Kallari chocolate is because it is made so close to the source instead of the beans being shipped across the world. All the while she smiles while she encourages you to try another sample of Kallari's Sacha line.
She tells the story of the beautiful packaging designed by a volunteer, weaves in how important this chocolate is to creating a sustainable income for the Kichwa people and again offers more chocolate saying "try this one with the salt and ginger".
Felipe is from
My favorite part of the evening was the answer that Felipe gave to my question "What is your favorite part of the chocolate growing process?”. He said "I like to work because work makes you strong. Chocolate is good for health, it cures many illnesses and keeps people healthy".
He made these statements with so much enthusiasm and conviction, pounding his fist on his chest as if he was showing how strong and healthy he is. We need more role models like Felipe who inspire us to work hard, to be strong and healthy.
|Hugo, Sadie, Felipe, Becca|
I was able to catch a short video of Hugo interpreting while I asked a Felipe a couple of questions.
Thanks to Becca and Felipe for answering all of my questions, Chocolopolis for letting me hang out all evening, and to Hugo for interpreting.
Hugo is working on an important documentary. Oil & Water is a shocking and inspiring David & Goliath story about the survival of his Amazonian tribe in Ecuador and efforts to revolutionize the oil industry. More info here.
Next post...I'll be tasting all five of the different Kallari Sacha chocolate bars.