Mott Green sails the seas to bring the uk sustainable chocolate
Thursday 24th May 2012
On Tuesday we caught up with Mott Green of the Grenada Chocolate Company who earlier this year, embarked on an epic journey, from Grenada to the UK for the UK’s first “carbon neutral” delivery of chocolate.
The Grenada Chocolate Company produces award winning organic dark chocolate from bean to bar, all within the rainforest of Grenada. The co-operative’s products are produced using solar power and all the profits go back to the members. With such strong ethical and green credentials, Mott was keen to find an environmentally friendly way of transporting the chocolate to his UK customers, and enlisted the services of the Tres Hombres, a 32-tonne square-rigged wooden sailing cargo ship.
Having set sail on March 24th, they arrived in Portsmouth on Saturday, following a brief stop in the Azores.
Mott said: “It was fantastic, a real adventure. There were no scary conditions, it was smooth sailing all the way. The Tres Hombres is a traditional brigantine – solid and fast. It felt very safe.”
Along with rum, coffee, wine and cocoa beans, the ship transported 24,000 bars of Grenada Chocolate Company chocolate including a limited edition (of 2000) Gru Grococo bar, created in a joint venture with Rococo and available exclusively at Rococo shops and on the website. We were lucky enough to be one of the first to try the bar, it’s a fantastic chocolate, 66%, made from pure Grenadian trinitario and is full of red fruits with citrus notes.
Bars cost £11.95, with all profits going straight back to Grenada, to support the organic cocoa co-operative.
After the welcome festivities in Portsmouth, the Tres Hombres is now en route to Amsterdam, where it is expected to arrive on June 6th, with a number of open day events planned.
Mott will be at Chocolate Unwrapped in October and will be giving a talk on his adventures at sea.