Meet Our Farmers
We source directly from an estate (a collection of farms within a small area) which allows us to have a direct beneficial impact to farmers.
Estates we source from
Sungai Ruan (Pahang, Malaysia)
Our Sungai Ruan beans are sourced in Malaysia from the Koh family. With more than 30 years of Cacao farming experience, they dedicate their time into growing, fermenting and drying – perfecting cacao processing. Chocolate made from their estate is known to have a unique fruity taste due to the abundance of fruit plantations surrounding it.
Anaimalai (Tamil Nadu, India)
Mr. Harish Manoj Kumar owns a 12 year old cacao plantation located in the foothills of the Anamalai Hills in Pollachi, Tamil Nadu India. He manages his farm in a sustainable manner following principles of permaculture and Korean natural farming, without the use of chemicals. Mr Harish’s cacao beans are primarily Amelanado/ Criollo mixed grown and intercropped with coconut and nutmeg. Their beans won an ICA award and was selected as one of the top 18 samples worldwide.
Calinan (Oavao, Philippines)
Michael Tan from Singapore operates a small cacao buying station located in the Poblacion, town centre of Calinan. They buy wet cacao beans from smallholder farmers and ferment these beans in wooden fermentation boxes and sundry them in purpose built solar dryers. Their cacao processing capacity is limited to about 20 tons per month allowing them to process in small batches, ensuring great quality and development of good flavour notes.
Vung Tau (Ba Ria, Vietnam)
The cacao beans used to produce this chocolate bar are sourced directly from Vung Tau, a port city in the Ba Ria province in Southern Vietnam. Mr Tran Van Thanh, owner of the farm started cacao farming 15 years ago and has dedicated his time refining the growing, fermenting and drying methods to deliver the best cacao beans. His farm demonstrates good farming practices according to UTZ standards.
Lampang (Nakhon Lampang, Thailand)
Our Lampang cacao beans are sourced from Mr Pathom Meekaew’s multi-generational farm. Set up in 2015 under the Thai Coffee & Cocoa Company Limited, Mr Pathom is the third generation in his family to grow cacao. Known for its fertile soil, high moisture and stable temperatures, the cacao here is grown alongside Durian and Mangosteen fruits. The harvested cocoa is of high quality, and the Trinitario varietal comes from a number of hybrids.
Our Trade Policy
#1 No Middle Men
At Benns, we directly source our cacao beans from local farmers, cutting out any middle men.
#2 Higher Wages for Farmers
This allows us to pay 2-3x higher than the market price (about $2.00-3.00 USD per kg)
#3 Better Quality Chocolate
In addition to improving their livelihoods, we incentivise and work closely with farmers to improve production techniques for better quality beans.