Want to meet a cocoa farmer? Two chocolate tasting events offer the chance

Divine Chocolate, a fair trade chocolate company started in the U.K. but has a U.S.-based office in D.C., is coming to Austin the first week of April for several chocolate-tasting events featuring one of the farmers from Ghana who grew the beans used in the chocolate.

Mercy Zaah has been a cocoa farmer in Ghana since 1986, and she’ll be visiting Austin in early April for two Divine Chocolate tasting events. Contributed by Divine Chocolate.

Mercy Zaah is a longtime cocoa farmer and member of the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers’ Co-op, which has co-owned Divine Chocolate since its inception. The co-op has more than 85,000 members in Ghana that sell their beans to Divine, which in turn sells chocolate bars to customers all over the world.

Divine Chocolate started in the U.K. but now sells chocolates in the U.S. and all over the world. Contributed by Divine Chocolate

Zaah will be in Austin for two events on Sunday, April 2. The first is a tasting from 11 a.m. to noon at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin, 4803 Burnet Road, Austin, and the second is a chocolate and beer pairing event from 4 to 6 p.m. at Black Star Co-op, 7020 Easy Wind Dr.

Both events are free, but at Black Star, you’ll have to buy your beer tasting flight of Black Star’s craft beer to go with the complimentary chocolate samples. (The first 10 people who arrive at Black Star and mention the code word “cooperative” to the bartender will receive a free flight courtesy of Divine Chocolate.)

 

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