Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 2, 2011.


The Dark Espresso Chocolate from Firebird is a rich blend of organic dark cocoa (70%) & premium Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Dark Espresso.

I want enough money to order an initial run of 1000 custom-made Dark Espresso Chocolate Bars.

Partnering with Dream Chocolates (Boise, ID), we have spent several months perfecting the recipe for our Dark Espresso Chocolate Bar. Made from 70% dark chocolate our bar is not only organic but it is also certified with the Rainforest Alliance, which is an important step in certifying a model of sustainability and ethical/environmentally friendly way to acquire the right resources for premium chocolate bar like ours. Rich, dark and lightly sweet, the dark chocolate we selected is a perfect match for the dark roast coffee from the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia in the heart of the Rift Valley. Roasted by Dominion Trading Company, the Yirgacheffe is silky smooth with a sweet lemon acidity supported by raw maple malty mid-tones with notes of blueberry. By design…the perfect match.

The Phoenix represents rebirth and renewal. In Arabian lore, the Phoenix built a nest in the aromatic branches of a local tree. We figured it was the cacao and coffee bush. Our unique profit-sharing model is symbolic of the Phoenix rising out of the ash of poverty with grace, power and prosperity.

The Dark Espresso Chocolate bar will be sold in 1.25 ounce packages with gold foil wrapping and our Phoenix-Rising logo will pop against a brown-blending-to-black label. We plan to sell these vertically placed chocolate bars online, in chocolate and candy shops, cafés, wine and gift shops, as well as specialty grocers in and around Pacific Northwest. The display boxes will hold 12 bars at a time and will retail for $2.50 per bar.
Our mission is not only providing environmentally friendly and sustainable premium Dark Espresso Chocolate Bars but we plan to play with the global economy a little bit. Over 50% of our profits one way or another will go back to the farmers who supply the cocoa and coffee beans. Ethonomics? Maybe. But we see our mission to impact the world by providing products of the highest quality and sharing those profits with those of you need it most…the farmers that provide us these resources.

The Future
We are currently in development of several more chocolate products and are busy fine-tuning recipes for:

  • ·         70% Dark
  • ·         Milk Chocolate
  • ·         Baking Chocolate “Buttons”
  • ·         Spicy Dark Chili
  • ·         Dark Chocolate Mint
  • ·         Drinking Chocolate
All of the above will be organic, better-than-fair-trade, and Rain Forest alliance certified. Keep coming back to to get more information on our expanding line of specialty chocolate products.


  • Farmed on over 18 million acres (7.5 million hectares) of tropical land, cocoa (Theobroma cacao) provides a means of livelihood to an estimated 40 million people, including five million farmers, 90 percent of whom are smallholders, laborers and employees in processing factories. Like coffee, cocoa can be cultivated under the shade of native canopy trees and maintain a landscape similar to natural forest. This helps conserve the habitat of threatened plant and animal species, protect natural pollinators and predators of cocoa pests and create biological corridors that maintain large-scale ecological and evolutionary processes.
    Shade trees in an agroforestry system often include other species of economic value, which can reduce risks connected with growing a single crop. However, many farmers have cut forest to open up new fields and grow cocoa more intensively without shade. This approach has short-term benefits on yields but is suitable only for hybrid plants that are increasingly replacing native cocoa. Unfortunately, these hybrid plants require the application of agrochemicals and grow in open fields, which leads to increased erosion and run-off -- reducing soil fertility and contributing to water contamination and health problems.
    The Rainforest Alliance, in partnership with cocoa and chocolate companies, public institutions, local organizations and farmer associations, encourages cocoa-farming practices that are sustainable over the long term and maintain a healthy environment and decent working conditions.

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  • Organic agriculture is an important, worldwide movement to make farms productive without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) standards are based on an internationally recognized integrated pest management model, which allows for some limited, strictly controlled use of agrochemicals. SAN standards emphasize two important goals: wildlife conservation and worker welfare. Farmers certified by the Rainforest Alliance do not use agrochemicals prohibited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the European Union, nor do they use chemicals listed on the Dirty Dozen list of the Pesticide Action Network North America. Managers of certified farms are required to use biological or mechanical alternatives to pesticides whenever possible. When farmers determine that agrochemicals are necessary to protect the crop, they must choose the safest products available and use every available safeguard to protect human health and the environment.
    Certification approaches farming in a holistic manner, and we have demonstrated that these standards afford a realistic and effective way for farms of all sizes to move toward independence from agrochemicals.

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  • Rainforest Alliance Certified farms have met rigorous social and environmental standards set by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). For complete information about the standards, please visit the SAN website.
    The SAN, the oldest and largest coalition of NGOs striving to improve commodity production in the tropics, develops criteria for responsible farm management. The standards developed by the SAN Secretariat comply with the Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards of the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labeling (ISEAL) Alliance. The ISEAL Alliance is an association of leading voluntary international standard-setting and conformity assessment organizations that focus on social and environmental issues. ISEAL Alliance members collaborate to build international recognition and legitimacy for their programs. This collaboration represents a significant global movement to promote the interests of workers, communities and the environment in world trade.
    Through the collaboration of ISEAL members, certification processes are continually improved. For Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, the certification body Sustainable Farm Certification, International certifies farms that comply with SAN standards. Inspection bodies, typically local NGOs, are authorized by Sustainable Farm Certification, International to provide audit services for farmers and agricultural companies in their respective countries. Inspection bodies also offer their knowledge and experience to help continually refine and develop Sustainable Agriculture standards.

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    7 backers

    At $5 we will ship you the very first Dark Espresso Chocolate Bar by Firebird Chocolates for you to taste, savor, and share (unless you don't want to).

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    55 backers

    At $10, we will send you a 4-pack of Dark Espresso Chocolate Bars by Firebird Chocolates This round, you probably SHOULD share.

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    19 backers

    At $25, we will send you a 4-pack of Dark Espresso Chocolate Bars by Firebird Chocolates and a 12 ounce bag of our Helio Yirgacheffe Medium Roast coffee!

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    13 backers

    At $50, we will send you a 4-pack of Dark Espresso Chocolate Bars by Firebird Chocolates, a 12 ounce bag of our Helio Yirgacheffe Medium Roast Coffee as well as a limited edition, "Phoenix-Rising" T Shirt. You pick the size, and tell us where to ship!

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- (30 days)