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Host Brad Kearns welcomes Sean Jewell, environmental activist and co-founder of Coracao Confections in the San Francisco Bay Area to educate us on one of the great foods of the planet. Sean recently returned from a visit to his farming collective in Ecuador, and comes to the show rich with insights about the amazing work of organic cacao farmers to harvest a sustainable product, contrasted with the offensive and gross stuff that is happening with conventional cacao farming. If you like dark chocolate, this show will give you a fascinating education on how the cacao product is grown the right way, how to choose the highest quality products, and many more rich insights. 

Hey, if you enjoy discount dark chocolate from Trader Joes or the supermarket, realize that you are almost certainly buying the product of child slave labor in Africa. You know how dark chocolate tastes “bitter”? It’s because they roast the heck out of the beans with conventional dark chocolate such that there is no flavor nuance left. You will appreciate the parallels between cheap dark chocolate and cheap wine or cheap beer. It’s time to become a chocolate conouisseur and look for designations like “bean to bar” and “fair trade” on your product label. Props to Sean for supporting sustainable farming with fair compensation and producing a fantastic dark chocolate bar. Learn more at CoracaoConfections.com

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