Côte d’Ivoire is renowned for the quality of its cocoa beans, but up until now, the world has not had the opportunity to widely celebrate those beans in the finest of chocolate forms. But that is rapidly changing as Ivorian artisan chocolatier Dana Mroueh and her company,MonChoco, are producing a very special raw chocolate brand and range of products that is exciting taste buds in the country.
What does your company do?
We are an Artisan Chocolatier in Côte d'Ivoire. Our products are made from organic cocoa beans sourced from Côte d’Ivoire. We make raw chocolate to preserve the taste and the natural nutrient of cocoa beans. Our chocolate is very pure, it is made only from organic cocoa and brown sugar. Our approach is responsible and sustainable, trying to reduce our impact on the environment. For example, by reducing our energy consumption by crushing the cocoa beans with a power bike, using recycled paper, reusing the shelve of the cocoa... We truly want to enhance the Ivorian terroir, its culture and the forgotten farmers.
What inspired you to start your company?
I was inspired by my grandfather who is an outstanding entrepreneur.
Why should anyone use your service or product?
Mon Choco is different - it shakes up the taste of chocolate you are used to.
Tell us a little about your team
The team is mainly composed of women, dynamic and délicate at the same time.
It is long and meticulous work, especially to sort the beans one by one, to hand mould, and to hand wrap...
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