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Organic chocolate made with a bicycle in Ivory Coast

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 16, 2019 14:28

Organic chocolate made with a bicycle in Ivory Coast

In Ivory Coast, Dana Mroueh’s chocolate factory is a rarity – and not only because the world’s top cocoa grower produces precious little finished chocolate.

In the middle of the floor of her company Mon Choco’s factory sits a grinding bike, surrounded by large trays of carefully sorted cocoa beans.

Poured in a funnel, beans are transformed into a paste by a grinder activated through pedaling.

Mroueh, a 40-year-old Ivorian of French-Lebanese descent, oversees the process from the time the beans are selected to when they are transformed into candies, producing organic and environmentally-friendly chocolate bars.

According to Mroueh, Mon Choco unique flavours lie in the fact that the beans are not roasted and have not added additives, which highlights the authentic taste of the raw bean.

The cocoa industry is threatening to the environment, including by contributing to deforestation, and environmental campaign groups say that Ivory Coast is at risk of losing all its forest cover by 2034.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 16, 2019 14:28

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