Marco Paolo Chocolates are prepared using predominantly Fair Trade Certified chocolate from cacao beans that are cultivated and produced in sustainable and environmentally conscious ways. By doing so, we promote the availability of noble grade cacao in the future.
We support the production and growth of small-scale native cacao growers in Ecuador, who protect and preserve the biodiversity of the Amazon with their traditional sustainable farming practices. Kallari is the only world-class dark chocolate made by an indigenous cooperative of 850 organic cacao growers that owns 100% of its own profits, which has enabled the Kichwa people to fulfill basic family needs without logging our precious rainforests or selling the land to oil interests. Thus they have protected one of the world’s finest, but nearly extinct cacao beans, the Cacao Nacional de Arriba, treasured for its rich flavor profile. Marco Paolo Chocolates also uses chocolates made other noble cacao varieties such as the prized Criollo, Trinitario, Venezuelan Criollo, Amelonado and Blonde cacao beans.
Fair Trade standards support quality products that improve living conditions and protect the environment. By our company paying more than the fair trade price, small scale cacao farmers are able to learn that it is worth saving the rainforest and the surrounding environment by investing in quality cacao.
Marco Paolo Chocolates is passionate about protecting the rapidly diminishing environment in which fragile cacao trees can flourish naturally. Our respect for the exceptional natural beauty of the environment where our raw ingredients originate and the peoples of those lands guides our constant search for exceptional chocolate sources while striving to maintain the highest quality of product and practiced values throughout our company.