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  1. Enchanted Islands Cambio Coffee

    Enchanted Islands Cambio Coffee

    We recently worked with a Shanghai-based startup, Cambio Coffee, to connect them with sustainable producer groups as they searched for new partners in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. We joined up with Cambio Coffee’s Sebastián and Felipe Martin for part of their trip when they visited Quito and the Galapagos Islands. Cambio Coffee is a growing social enterprise dedicated to creating a positive impact on the environment and farming communities in Latin America

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  2. Peruvian Chocolate’s secret ingredient: more kids in class, not on the cocoa farm

    Peruvian Chocolate’s secret ingredient: more kids in class, not on the cocoa farm

    Last month the World Cocoa Foundation issued a stern statement that the measures taken by the cocoa and chocolate industries and by the  United States and West African governments, “have not been sufficient to achieve significant reductions in the number of children working in unacceptable conditions in West Africa, often in circumstances defined as child labor.”

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  3. Cocoa: From Native producers in its Native Land

    Cocoa: From Native producers in its Native Land

    In our last blog, Lourdes Páez explained the history of cocoa in Ecuador, and the challenges and opportunities in its production today.  Here, we introduce you to some native Amazonian cocoa producers, and to the hope that proper cocoa production holds for them, as well as for the futures of chocolate and conservation.

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  4. From chocolate lover to chocolate expert: a personal story

    From chocolate lover to chocolate expert: a personal story

    Canopy Bridge recently had a chance to sit down with Lourdes Páez, an outstanding social entrepreneur working to enhance appreciation for Ecuador’s excellent cocoa and create more value for farmers of the country’s fine flavor beans. Lourdes heads the Academia del Chocolate, an organization dedicated to training and research to improve the quality, recognition and benefits of fine cocoa, and she recently launched a beautiful book dedicated to Ecuador´s rich cocoa heritage, Ecuador tierra del cacao.36" height="111" />

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  5. Rediscover ishpingo: the Amazon’s hidden treasure

    Rediscover ishpingo: the Amazon’s hidden treasure

    Virtually unknown outside its native Amazon rainforest home, ishpingo (or American Cinnamon) has a deep, earthy, fruity flavor that adds a surprising and hard-to-place dimension to both sweet and savory dishes. Once a promising spice that moved the dreams of adventurers, isphingo deserves to be rediscovered and better known.

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  6. Amazonas picante: Los ajíes de la selva

    Amazonas picante: Los ajíes de la selva

    Cuando Colón se encontró con el Nuevo Mundo, sus pueblos indígenas recibieron el nombre de "indios", una designación errónea de magnitud histórica. Una fruta hasta entonces desconocida fuera de las Américas también recibió un nombre que pertenecía a otra: el pimiento. Para los españoles que probaron esta fruta por primera vez, su picor trajo a la mente los granos de pimienta que habían sido conocidos y comercializados en Eurasia, y así el fruto del Capsicum recibió el nombre de una especie totalmente diferente.

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  7. Amazon Heat: Chilies from the Rainforest

    Amazon Heat: Chilies from the Rainforest

    When Columbus stumbled upon the New World, its indigenous people became known as “Indians”, a misnomer of historical magnitude. Then, too, a fruit until then unknown outside of the Americas received a name that belonged to another: the pepper. To the Spaniards who tasted this fruit for the first time, its heat brought to mind the peppercorns that had been known and traded in Eurasia, and so the fruit of the Capsicum received the name of an entirely different species.

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