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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Organic Chocolate Factory in Seattle

Seattle boasts the first organic/fair-trade chocolate factory in the United States.

Theo Chocolate took over an old brewery in Seattle's Fremont district last January. It is a small operation compared to its mega (non-organic) counterparts, which produce the confection for companies like Hershey’s and Nestle.

Theo founder, Joel Whinney, not only wants to pursue the fine art of chocolate, but also wants to improve the lives of cocoa growers around the world.

Theo Chocolate is currently available at retail outlets on the west coast of the U.S., or you can download an order form off of their website. If you're in Seattle, they offer tours complete with tasting samples. (I may have to visit on my next trip back home...)

Via The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

(I also blogged about this on EcoStreet).

UPDATE: got a comment over at EcoStreet that Dagoba chocolate in OR has been certified organic/fair trade since 2001. So perhaps Theo is #2?


  • Hi Amy -
    Just to clarify

    Dagoba,a Hershey Company,does not make chocolate from the raw bean. They are importing either liquor or couverture from points elsewhere, melting it down, adding their yummy ingredients, and selling it under their own brand name.

    Theo is the only organic and fair trade certified _roaster_ of chocolate in the US. We are making chocolate from scratch ie: from the bean, and are currently the only company doing so in the US. That means we import beans, roast, grind, conche and mold - the whole kit-n-kaboodle!

    I invite you to visit our factory next time you are in Seattle for a full tour of our Artisan Chocolate Making process.

    All the best,
    Kiki Kane

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:34  

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