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How Costa Rican cocoa and sugar ended up in Canadian hot chocolate

Friday, July 1, 2011


In the basement of an Ottawa church, Cocoa Camino’s three young founders packaged cocoa into the nights of 1999.

The idea worked. La Siembra Cooperative, which owns Cocoa Camino, sold $44,000 worth of its hot chocolate in the first year.

Two of the prime ingredients, cocoa and sugar, came from independent cooperatives in Costa Rica. Fair-trade regulations ensure guaranteed minimum prices and premiums for the farmers involved.

Original Source: The Global and Mail