Made of Africa
“Gone are the days when Paris was the place to find the finest fashion in the world. Gone are the days when Switzerland is the only maker of the finest chocolate.” – Laduma Ngxokolo, Fashion Designer and founder of MaXhosa Africa
We’re proud to be the first African grown and produced chocolate to win a 2-star Great Taste Award
While almost two-thirds of the world’s cocoa beans are grown in African soil, most of it is exported to Europe and America where it is turned into chocolate before being returned to our African shores. We believe in growing the art of chocolate-making within Africa, using the rich resources we have and supporting farmers and their local communities.
We’ve made a promise that our chocolate will always be Made of Africa using cocoa beans that have never left the continent.
We are incredibly honoured to win in a category with so many fantastic chocolates from around the world – and on our first year of entering the Great Taste Awards too! For us, this is recognition that chocolate made in South Africa from African cocoa beans can compete with the best in the world. When we created the 55% semi sweet chocolate, we wanted to make a dark chocolate that chocolate lovers of all ages can enjoy; not too dark and not too sweet – a bar that is in-between a dark and milk chocolate. Thanks to the appreciation the judges showed for our chocolate, we hope AFRIKOA will reach more people.”
The Heirloom Cocoa Preservation Fund (HCP) has designated the cocoa trees of Tujikomboe Farmers Group the cocoa farmers we work with in Tanzania as Heirloom, making AFRIKOA the first African chocolate to be made with heirloom cocoa beans. Tujikomboe is only the 14th in the world and the first in Africa to receive this prestigious designation.
Our relationship with Tujikomboe started 3 years ago when our head chocolate-maker, Antonino Allegra visited their farm in search of the best cocoa beans for AFRIKOA chocolate. After tasting the complex fruity notes, he realized there was something very special about their cocoa beans and immediately established direct trade with Tujikomboe.
What is Heirloom Cocoa?
Heirloom cocoa beans are the diamonds of cocoa — rare cocoa trees and beans endowed with a combination of historic, cultural, botanical, geographical, and most importantly flavour value. They are the foundation of the best tasting chocolate. Heirloom beans have terrific overall balance — complex and intense, long and pleasant — and unique flavour.
INSPIRED BY AFRICA
It was on our first cocoa-sourcing trip to the farms in Tanzania to find the cocoa beans which would eventually turn into AFRIKOA chocolate bars, that inspired the colours and design of our packaging. In the Kyela region, where our cocoa beans are grown, the women wear brightly coloured traditional kanga print and each pattern is unique to their village. On our return, it inspired us to create a bar with our very own kanga print packaging – to show the world how proud we are of our heritage and culture.
CHAMPIONING AFRICA’S FINEST INGREDIENTS
Apart from the our naturally-organic, heirloom cocoa beans, we are extremely proud to have some of the finest local ingredients in our chocolate bars.
We didn’t want to use just any almonds for our new 80% sugar-free bars, we wanted to find something as special as our chocolate and boy, did we! Amanteco is South Africa’s only commercial almond farm. It was established in 1974 and is now in its third generation run by Hans, Angela, Reni and Stephan. Amanteco almonds are brimming with flavour and best of all, they didn’t fly halfway around the world! Just a short trip over the mountain from their farm in the Little Karoo to our factory in Cape Town.
South African Cane Sugar
While the South African sugar industry has struggled to compete with cheap imports, we are proud to support our local sugar cane farmers to add a touch of KwaZulu Natal to every AFRIKOA bar.
Rwandan Direct Trade Coffee
Special chocolate deserves special coffee and we don’t use just any coffee for our 55% dark chocolate with coffee. We found something exceptional at Kigufi Coffee Estate – a small organic coffee farm on the shores of Lake Kivu in Rwanda. Like our cocoa beans, we source the beans directly from the farmers, cutting out all the middlemen and ensuring that the farmers are paid what they deserve.