Choose Direct Trade Please

 Do you love chocolate? Of course, you do! Because you're not a monster and you're trustworthy! But have you ever stopped to consider where your chocolate comes from and how it's made? If not, it's time to start paying attention - and there's no better way to do that than by choosing direct trade cacao products. Here are a few very important reasons why direct trade cacao is quintessential to your experience:

  1. Direct trade cacao supports the farmers in making chocolate dreams a reality.

Without cacao farmers, we wouldn't have any chocolate - and that's a world only monsters want to live in. By choosing direct trade cacao, you're supporting the people who make your delicious dreams a reality. Fair Trade policies help, but there are still a lot of questions to ask with the Fair Trade policies. Direct Trade often is more of an assurance of good business practices. Téo pays its farmer partners about 30% more than many Fair Trade-certified brands. We are invested in the financial success of our farmer partners, and the quality of our product.

  1. Direct trade cacao is like a warm, fuzzy hug for your taste buds.

When you choose direct trade cacao, you're getting chocolate that's made with love and care. It's like a warm, fuzzy hug for your taste buds. You can taste the difference with high-quality direct-trade cacao. About 70% of the world's chocolate comes from Africa and the pressures of massive companies on farmers create many instances of slavery. No one wants to support slavery, as it is typically highly frowned upon. SO DON'T SPEND MONEY ON CHEAP CHOCOLATE! Know where your cacao is coming from and who the amazing people who cultivate it are.

  1. Direct trade cacao is like a chocolatey version of Robin Hood.

When you buy mainstream chocolate from big-name candy brands, oftentimes farmers are only receiving about 7% of the value of your purchase. By choosing direct trade cacao, you're helping to redistribute wealth and power in the chocolate industry. You're taking control away from the big corporations, that often support oppressive trade and business practices, and giving more back to the people who work the hardest. It's like a chocolatey version of Robin Hood, and who doesn't love a good hero story? There is a reason Téo is a bit more expensive than our competitors... We are on a mission to do our part to save the world. So, be our Little John!

  1. Direct trade cacao is the ultimate guilt-free indulgence.

When you choose direct trade cacao, you can indulge in all the chocolatey goodness you want without feeling guilty about it. You're supporting fair labor practices, sustainable and restorative farming, and a better world - and what's more indulgent than that? It leaves a good taste in your mouth.

In conclusion, direct trade cacao is the way to go if you love chocolate and care about the people who make it. So indulge in some delicious, guilt-free chocolate - your taste buds, your conscience, and the world will thank you. Check out our brewing cacao and our powdered cacao tonic blends!

You can practice supporting ethical trade and business practices by supporting the businesses that conduct such practices. One of our friends we would highly recommend is Ethik Collective! Check out their shop for many amazing products all done by artisans around the world! They are making a big impact on many lives!

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