In May 2008, we took our children to visit our small cocoa farm in Grenada. We had bought this piece of land 50:50 with the Grenada Chocolate Company in 1997. Being right across the road from the Belmont Estate, this beautiful small plot also had received no chemical inputs for many years, and was ready to be certified organic immediately. We decided to call it GROCOCO – a cross between Grenada and Rococo and suggesting growing cocoa of course!
Here are the deeds of the farm – upside down as it’s the river we first have to cross to access the land. A short, steep descent down from the road to the river, then a series of large boulders to be negotiated to get onto the GROCOCO land
￼The children, already “old Grenada hands” were very excited to be visiting one of their favourite places in the world, and especially to see Mott, Miss Joyce and Edmond Browne again.
Here is Fergus assessing the jump needed to get across the river, not in full spate but not a trickle either!
This is the perfect activity for kids on holiday, and both of them enjoyed the assault course. They did not like the small midges that pollinate the cocao quite so much, their sweet pale skins proved just to tempting to the blood thirsty insects. Interestingly, midges are the specialist pollinators for cocoa, not bees.
Happily the cocoa farmers are also very good at jumping over rocks and have spent the last 6 years doing this to tend the trees and carrying the harvest of fresh cocoa fruit back to the Belmont Estate fermentary, in 20kg buckets: no mean feat. It was time to do something about this!
So… To celebrate 30 years of Rococo Chocolates we have pledged to spend all of our marketing budget on building a road bridge from Belmont Estate to The Grococo farm putting in this essential infrastructure – we are very much hoping this work will be finished by November 2013 when we will be bringing some very special visitors to see the farm…
Last year we created our very first Gru Grococo from this farm
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼JOINT VENTURE WITH THE GRENADA CHOCOLATE CO Lat. 12° 10’ 25” & ROCOCO CHOCOLATES Long. 61° 37’ 38”
At Rococo we love and are inspired by what the Grenada Chocolate Company have been doing in Grenada for the last decade.
After years actively supporting this radical co-operative by importing and selling their wonderful chocolate bars, in 2007 Rococo, together with the Chocolate Company invested in a small cocoa farm close to the factory.
This 2012 vintage bar is made exclusively from beans from this tiny estate and is a classic expression of the trinitario variety, and a dream come true for us.
We believe that this is the future for cocoa and by buying this bar you are also taking part in the adventure.
Read more inside wrapper!
Ingredients: Grococo farm organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic soya lecithin <0.2%. Organic cocoa solids 66% minimum.
Allergy warning: contains products derived from soy beans. Guaranteed free from all nuts and dairy products.
Best before end: March 2014 Keep cool @ 16–18°C < 50% RH Min Net Wt: 85g / 3oz
Cover: designed, set & printed with wood & metal Grotesque types in a limited edition of 25 at Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop, Iliffe Yard, London, for Grococo, March 2012.
Printed on carbon neutral paper.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼JOINT VENTURE WITH THE GRENADA CHOCOLATE CO & ROCOCO CHOCOLATES
THE GROCOCO BAR LIMITED EDITION SPRING 2012