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...crafting small batch, single origin, direct trade, feel-good chocolate and cacao products in East Africa.
...crafting small batch, single origin, direct trade, feel-good chocolate and cacao products in East Africa.
109 backers pledged £8,040 to help bring this project to life.

meet the moonbean team

Posted by James Pitkeathly (Creator)
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growing the moonbean chocolate team

For our very first batch of moonbean chocolate I peeled each roasted whole bean by hand, removing the papery shell then breaking them into small pieces - cocoa nibs.

cocoa nibs
cocoa nibs

We've automated many of our processes, but we continue to crack and winnow by hand. It's effective, gives us greater quality control, and allows us to conserve the pieces of husk to make a delicious cocoa 'tea' infusion. It's a time-consuming job but (most importantly) it's a job!

quality control
quality control

As our production grows, so does the team of people who help us during the various stages of chocolate making: from sorting and roasting the beans; through cracking and winnowing; to grinding, refining, tempering and moulding.

polishing chocolate moulds
polishing chocolate moulds

Recently we've been joined by two senior 6 students, who are helping out over their school holidays. Both Gift and Surrender love art, and hope to attend art college when they complete their schooling. They enjoy moonbean’s milk chocolate, and have been getting creative with our packaging designs. These attentive and studious young women are fascinated by the whole process of making chocolate, and ask a lot of great questions - we’re learning together, and combining the art of chocolate making with a little chocolate science!

a fair wage... with added incentives!
a fair wage... with added incentives!

As moonbean chocolate continues to grow, so will our team - meaning we we will be able to offer many more employment and work experience opportunities to local Ugandans.

meet the moonbean team

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