Equiori is the first certified organic chocolate produced and refined directly with local partners in Colombia. The name is derived from the Spanish “EQUIDAD & ORIGEN”, where EQUIDAD stands for fair relations with partners and ORIGEN for origin. Pakka is a founding partner and co-owner of Equiori.
The company’s goal is to present chocolate lovers around the globe with an organic chocolate treat from a new country of origin. At the same time, the company wants to do good and provide a stable and long-term income for the cocoa farmers, so that they and their families have a better life.
Equiori supports and promotes Colombian smallholder cooperatives in the organic cultivation of cocoa. It buys it from them, processes it locally, and then exports it as high-quality refined premium organic chocolate. In developing the recipe, Equiori received a lot of support from experienced chocolatiers in Switzerland.
For more than 50 years, Colombia’s cocoa sector was largely inaccessible to outside companies and investors due to civil war and illegal drug trafficking. In November 2016, the Colombian government signed the peace treaty with the rebel group FARC. This only enabled access to the regions of the country affected by the civil war. Cocoa has been repeatedly recognized as a crop that can bring stability to these regions. The importance of cacao to post-war Colombia has earned it the name “cultivo para la paz” or “fruit of peace.” Cocoa is replacing the illegal cultivation of coca plants and helping to revitalize many rural communities.
Currently, Equiori buys the cocoa for chocolate production from the following
- APROCALG (Association of Cocoa Producers of Algeciras), Algeciras, Huila
- ASOPEP (Asociación de productores ecológicos de Planadas), Planadas, Tolima
- ASOAGRICAC (AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION OF KAKAO GROWERS), Apartadó, Antioquia