Ghana cocoa plantation trip

  Oliver Dunn meeting Accra's Cocoa plantation workers

Simon and Oliver are widely travelled and have spent a lot of time travelling around Europe to chocolate events and to meet manufacturers from different countries, but they had never visited the place where the cocoa beans are grown. That all changed in 2017 when they flew from Manchester to Accra. It turned out to be the trip of a lifetime "...the Ghana trip was everything we had hoped it would be and so much more, it was both fascinating and exhilarating" says Simon.  Oliver was equally enthused  "It was the most wonderful experience and often humbling too"  .

''We wanted to see how cocoa was grown first hand and the farm workers wanted to know how we used their cocoa beans , so it was enlightening for ourselves and the locals - many of whom have never tasted chocolate - which came as a shock to Oliver and I" said Simon.

One of the many highlights included visiting Anhwiam Anglican Primary school where the chocolatiers' gave an informal talk to a hugely enthusiastic group of school children and their teachers. Simon and Oliver are looking to forward to more chocolate related adventures and they haven't ruled out a return trip to Ghana at some point in the future.

Simon cutting cocoa beans

Simon Dunn with drying cocoa beans

Simon and Oliver Dunn on Accra school visit