Did you know that Indonesia is the third largest producer of cocoa beans?
Yes, Indonesia. Not Switzerland. Or Belgium. Both country, well-known for their delicacy in chocolate products, can’t produce Cocoa because the cacao tree can only grown in a tropical climate, between 10ºN and 10ºS of the Equator.. The largest producing countries are Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Indonesia. We provides about 16 percents of global cocoa production. Data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that Indonesia produced 574 thousand tons of cocoa in 2010. Currently, Indonesia cocoa production reached 809 thousand tons. (source: http://perkebunan.litbang.pertanian.go.id).
That’s just an interesting fact that we found out during our Whimsical Garden workshop preparation 3 weeks ago. Irvan, one of the two siblings who co-founded Pipiltin Cocoa says that although we’re a large chocolate producing country, when it comes to chocolate processing Indonesia fell behind from other countries. “Indonesia has lots of good quality cocoa beans. Why not make use of it? Why sell it abroad and then buy an imported chocolate instead?”. That’s why he and his sister Tissa open Pipiltin a year ago. They sources their chocolate from local cacao plantation like Pidie Jaya, Aceh, and Tabanan, Bali. The Pidie Jaya’s chocolate has more intensity and a hint of tobacco aroma, while the fruity flavor with bright acidity is the main character of Tabanan cocoa. They also made chocolate bar that made from cocoa beans harvested in Glenmore, Banyuwangi. But the Tabanan chocolate is the highlighted varians for now.