Cacao and Coffee, like brothers from another mother.

Few things pair together better than chocolate and coffee. Whether it's a hot mug of coffee and bar of chocolate for breakfast, a Mocha, or chocolate coated coffee beans, these two robust and stimulating fruit seeds have proven to be two of the world's most prized mood-lifters and palette partners.

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Learn how to make chocolate

Last week, Food vlogger Katie Q took our two hour chocolate-making workshop. Here's what she thought:

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Our new factory in Red Hook is open!

The day has finally come; our new factory, at 64 Seabring St, Red Hook is open for business! While we’re still settling into the 3600 square foot space, in the past few weeks we’ve been able to launch two new bars and throw an incredible opening party with the help of neighborhood friends. 

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First Nibs- August

August was moving month here at Raaka, and our 2 First Nibs bars this month reflect the transition from late summer to early fall. This month, Nate crafts a delicious Raspberry Lemonade bar with crushed raspberries and lemon sugar in a last ditch effort to squeeze a bit more joy out of summer and introduces a bar with Maple Sugar & Nibs to signal our entry into fall.

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Chocolate Disparity

A staggering clip from a documentary produced by VPRO Metropolis TV has been circling the Internet this week. The clip shows a cacao farmer from the Ivory Coast tasting chocolate for the first time after many years of farming, highlighting the massive disparity between chocolate consumers and cacao farmers. “Cacao is a multibillion dollar industry, that divides the world between beggars and gluttons”, the narrator explains. He’s sadly on the mark in regards to the majority of mass-produced chocolate; the industry has historically been implicated in human rights violations, including unfair wages and the employment of child labor.  The doc specifically focused on cacao farmers along the Ivory Coast, from where many of the larger chocolate makers source their beans.

 

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