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  • April 18, 2014, 8:13 am
  • It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it...a taste of Belize 70% Batch 1 tells me that after 67 hours in the melanger, it is nearly done.


  • April 16, 2014, 2:21 pm
  • I've been documenting my adventures in learning to make chocolate on our blog if your interested in how it's going...


    BE JUST GOOD | The Blog of Just Good Chocolate | Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Based Snacks & Sweets
    www.bejustgood.com
    When we started this company in October of 2011, we started with a lofty goal – to become Northern Michigan’s first small-batch bean to bar craft chocolate maker and to make a difference in our local and global community through our work. We knew we would have to wait a while to make actual chocolat...

  • April 14, 2014, 2:33 pm
  • Dominican Republic, Peru, and Madagascar in the house!


  • April 9, 2014, 12:51 pm
  • Learning to roast cocoa beans by the trial and error method. It's not as easy as one might think, but at least it smells amazing.


  • April 3, 2014, 8:28 am
  • Our first bag of beans has arrived! So. Freaking. Excited.


  • April 1, 2014, 2:35 pm
  • Super excited to find out today that we will be part of the new Michigan section at all 103 Meijer stores starting in late May/early June!!


  • March 28, 2014, 4:27 pm
  • New end cap display at Burritt's Market...


  • March 20, 2014, 10:08 am
  • Just finished putting together our winnower (feeling very proud of ourselves)! After the cocoa beans are roasted they will go into this contraption that will crack the beans and remove the husks, leaving the nibs. Felling like she deserves a name...any ideas?


  • March 19, 2014, 10:19 am
  • It's all here!! Let the unpacking begin...


  • March 17, 2014, 12:30 pm
  • Well hello there, beautiful. I think we are going to have a lot of fun together...


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SUPER FOOD OF THE GODS...

Cacao Pods - Fruit on the Cacao Tree Before it's Picked

Health Benefits of Cacao! Why is Cacao Good For You?

Did you know? Did you know that cacao is a super food? Yep. The history of chocolate started in the hot, equatorial South and Central American and Amazon regions. It was considered a divine gift, a source of power, a form of currency, and a health food by the poeples of ancient Mesoamerica. Chocolate, of course is the most famous - and arguably the most pleasing to the taste buds. Cacao beans though (the cacao nibs in our Nibblers are just crushed up beans) are extra-healthy when minimally processed. Combine them with the fruits and nuts that we've paired them with, and now they taste great too! Cacao has been named as one of the top 5 brain health foods, and has in recent years been shown to be a magnificent powerhouse of cognitive enhancement, mood enhancement (thanks in part to the Theobromine in cacao), antioxidants, flavonoids, catechins and many other brain & body-enhancing elements.

 Cacao beans in the hands of an Ecuadorian farmer.

Child labor is a major problem in cocoa producing countries. According to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), in 2002, more than 109,000 children were working on cocoa farms in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), some of them in "the worst forms of child labour". The ILO later reported that 200,000 children were working in the cocoa industry in Cote d'Ivoire in 2005. The first allegations that child slavery is used in cocoa production appeared in 1998. The 2005 ILO report failed to fully characterize this problem, but estimated that up to 6% of the 200,000 children involved in cocoa production could be victims of human trafficking or slavery(Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacao_bean). 

Child Slavery on Cocoa Farms

Fair Trade. That's why buying fair trade cacao products and fair trade chocolate is important. That's why we use only 100% certified fair trade cacao nibs in our Just Good Chocolate "Nibblers" and are vowing to use fair trade cacao in all of our products on our way to becoming a full-scale fair trade and organic, wind & solar powered bean-bar chocolate factory! Fair Trade insures a livable wage for the families growing food commodities by banning them together to sell through fair trade cooperatives and gain market share while sustaining a fair price for their crops. We need to turn sad into happy. We need to buy fair trade and vote with our dollars. Help support the cause! Need More? Good! For more information on fair trade, visit our sister site Unity-Fair Trade Marketplace to learn How To Make A Change To Fair Trade Products!