We believe in a world where farmers and chocolate makers are entrepreneurs alike. Directly connected through short, transparent supply chains. Empowered to grow the market for special cacao. Resulting in higher value on both ends and…. great chocolate!
How do we achieve this mission?
1. By supporting farmers and exporters who have special cacao to bring these beans to the market in Europe. Gaia offers marketing advice, logistics support, distribution services and sales. We store the beans in a cacao warehouse and manage the stock, quality and distribution to buyers. We coordinate quality and lab tests, and provide our clients updates from what is happening in cacao and chocolate scene in Europe. Our principle is that after two years, our clients are ready to take over everything themselves and Gaia 'just' takes a facilitating role.
2. We offer Premium beans, powder, cocoa mass and butter. Buyers have full transparency and will know exactly where the products are coming from. We take away the hassle of organising the logistics to the buyer.
3. We offer consultancy and trainings to support private companies, NGOs and governments to improve their quality of beans or increase their sustainability practices.
This is how our work looks like:
30% - sourcing & selling of beans
30% - organising logistics & distribution
40% - consultancy & training
Dennis van Essen
The Highfive Company
“Founders are an extremely focussed persons, with great attention to detail. Their in-depth knowledge of the industry is remarkable."
“So far we reached only traders, but we never had direct connections with chocolate makers. Trough Gaia we can. They speak our language and are able to help us grow trough their connections in Europe.”
Chocolates El Rey
"Very tactful with clients and have great technical knowledge. About imports and logistic planning, they are diligent and attentive to detail, always putting in the extra mile so things go according to plan."
Program Director, IESC
"Gaia Cacao demonstrated their dedication to the transparent nature of the study, proactively seeking validation of results from academic and industry communities. They pushed themselves to deliver high-quality products on near impossible deadlines. The team, led by Mariana De La Rosa, never appeared to lose enthusiasm for the work they were doing".