I participated this Tour to Polewali, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, with about 30 participants. Most of them are chocolate lovers in Japan and came there for the first time. They learned many things about cacao from planting, fermentation, drying, and processing.
They directly met cacao farmers and gave their sincere appreciation and thanks message because no delicious chocolate without cacao farmers’ efforts. On the other hand, cacao farmers were very happy to meet them from Japan with stronger motivation to produce good cacao beans.
Participants also made chocolates from cacao beans with primary school students some of whose parents were cacao farmers. This was the first time for participants and students to make chocolate from cacao beans.
I hope this kind of interaction between producers and consumers will make new relationship with their mutual respect.