Raden Adjeng Kartini
Raden Adjeng Kartini was a 19th-century Indonesian heroine credited with opening the first Indonesian primary school for girls in a time when Javanese societal expectations for women were based entirely on getting married and having children. Unlike other schools that were divided by class, Kartini’s school taught a progressive curriculum to girls that focused on women’s empowerment.
Kartini tragically died when she was only 25, but her mission continues to motivate generations upon generations (including us!) to make their dreams a reality. We decided to honor her by naming our brand after her and to continue her ﬁght against gender inequality through the crafting of unique products sourced from this beautiful country.
Why is our chocolate so delicious? One reason is because we value bean-to-bar chocolate making, a method that upholds the integrity of the cacao bean through every step of the process.
We control every stage of our chocolate’s manufacturing, from the cacao sourcing to sorting to roasting to grinding to tempering, and sometimes, to the eating. (We gotta taste test, right?)
Here’s how our cacao makes it from the tree to the bar.
Our chocolate obsession stems from a desire to source cacao beans in a way that empowers the farming communities who make a living and support their families by growing cacao. Our current cacao beans hail from Indonesia.
While Indonesia (Nagea’s stomping grounds!) is the third largest producer of cacao beans in the world, astonishingly less than 10 percent of the cacao value remains in the country. This fractured economic system causes many farmers to live on just $2 per day.
We don’t think that’s enough.
By keeping our supply chain short, cutting out the middleman and knowing the names of our producers, Kartini Chocolate can pay farmers more for their cacao, which supports improved living standards and upward social spirals in rural farm communities.
Ultimately, we hope to expand this model to other cacao-producing regions, such as Columbia (Ana’s stomping grounds!) in order to promote global social and economic improvement.
Bali, Farm Owner
This is Kadek. Kadek and her family own a farm in Bali. This is the main farm from which we export our beans for production. Kadek says her life has improved since she met us in the way that no one in her family could imagine.
They are proud their beans are being exported to the United States and are happy to see the end result is as delicious as our chocolate bars are.
Throughout our lives, we dreamt about making a real impact in the world, about giving back to our communities, and having something that made us proud of ourselves...
Then, we met each other.