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Ms Sunshine Farms, Tuana’i, Samoa - Our Story
From the age four while growing up in Samoa, part of our daily chores was to pick up the cacao leaves from under the “Chocolate Trees” on our family plot.
We learned from our mothers, aunties and sisters, how to roast, peel and grind these magic beans. I can still remember the heady aroma of roasted cacao, long before I knew about such a thing as “chocolate”.
Mum and Dad said that cacao beans (koko) were money. So we children, would help Dad to harvest the pods off the trees, crack and deseed them into palm frond bags between banana leaves, and leave them for days to ferment and develop their complex flavours. Then they were washed and massaged out onto flax mats… out in the sun to dry….
|On the tree|
A life changing visit to Samoa
Fast-forward to 2013, I went back to Samoa to check out the family plot my brother had been working on for a year. A few months earlier, a phone call from an old friend who owns a chocolate company in Christchurch sparked the chocolate ad-venture we are now on.
But like any new venture, there are sure to be challenges. We decided to focus on a different market, boutique and organic. It is difficult, but we can see the rewards ahead as we are not willing to compromise our values and the true vision for our venture.
|Ready to be treated|
|The winner of the chocolate hamper|
Support She Universe Samoan products
We aim to build a centralised fermentry on our farm so that our growers without transport can process their beans in the village and not risk losing profits on carting their goods into town. Furthermore, the quality of our product is then consistent and efficiently despatched to the markets.
We want to provide employment for the 70% un-employed population of our village, of which more than half are Youth.
She Universe has helped in achieving some of our goals so far, and as our values align, we will continue to work together for this common vision.
Whenever you buy She Universe Samoan based products, know that you are making a colossal contribution to our efforts.
|Our Italian guests|
|Meet the food writers|
|Greg Scopas and Anutosh|
|Greg shares his knowledge|
|Tasting the oil|
|The pizza oven was working overtime|
|Time to eat|