As part of our desire to bring you chocolate from small makers around the world we now offer a range of bars from the Costa Rican micro-batch maker: Caribeans. They're based in Puerto Vijo in Limon and only use locally-sourced organic ingredients and help employ family farmers in the country and helps support their way of life and provide a 'living wage'. Supporting this chocolate maker also allows these growers to continued with an ecologically sustainable farming and improve the standards of living for these indigenous peoples.
Neither Caribeans nor the growers are certified 'Fair Trade' as I suspect that certification would place necessary, burdensome and costly red tape on their businesses. Instead, they have direct and strong relationships with the growers and avoid using 'middlemen'.