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Snapshots From Sourcing Season: Guatemala

Jesse, Taza’s Cocoa Sourcing Manager, has arrived at his first destination of the 2016 #sourcingseason: Guatemala. Each year, Jesse travels throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to the places we source our Direct Trade Certified cacao, to deepen our existing relationships with growers, and forge new ones.

As you can see from the snapshots he’s sending back to the chocolate factory, Direct Trade isn’t the easiest way to source cacao. But we believe face-to-face relationships are the best way to serve our mission: to make and share stone ground chocolate that’s seriously good and fair for all.

Lots more to come from Jesse himself, so make sure to follow #sourcingseason throughout the spring! But for now, enjoy these glimpses of his journeys in cacao country so far!

Snapshots From Sourcing Season: Guatemala | First stop: the Guatemalan farming community of San Juan de Asochivite. Only access: the bridge.
"First stop: the Guatemalan farming community of San Juan de Asochivite. Only access: the bridge."
Snapshots From Sourcing Season: Guatemala | Sharing Taza chocolate and our 2015 Transparency Report. I think the farmers liked the chocolate more.
"Sharing Taza chocolate and our 2015 Transparency Report. I think the farmers liked the chocolate more."
Snapshots From Sourcing Season: Guatemala | During my meeting with the farmers, I noticed a pair of eyes...
"During my meeting with the farmers, I noticed a pair of eyes... "
Snapshots From Sourcing Season: Guatemala | The cacao farmers of San Juan de Asochivite.
"The cacao farmers of San Juan de Asochivite."
Snapshots From Sourcing Season: Guatemala | Farmers turn the beans by hand to make they get a full and even drying in the bright Guatemalan sun.
"Farmers turn the beans by hand to make they get a full and even drying in the bright Guatemalan sun."
Snapshots From Sourcing Season: Guatemala | The beauty of the day was a gift.
"The beauty of the day was a gift."

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