AMMA is a passionate meeting of people who love what they do and wanted to change the world by doing what they love.
It all started in 2002, with Luiza and Diego returning to traditional cacao growing family farms in the South of Bahia, Brazil; the pair wanted to promote organic planting of cacao in these areas, which would in turn ensure the preservation of the forest and the livelihood of the families of rural workers in the region.
In 2005, Diego took their cacao beans to the Paris Salon du Chocolat, showcasing them directly to European chocolate makers. Many makers, astounded by the quality of the Bahia beans, including François Pralus, travelled to Bahia to learn the practices of the farms and to strengthen a potential relationship with Diego and Luiza.
Whilst Pralus was then crafting chocolate with Luiza and Diego’s cacao, the pair also developed their first chocolate bars at Pralus’ factory, namely to showcase to prospective cacao buyers and chocolate makers.
In 2007, Frederick Schilling, founder of Dagoba Organic Chocolate, after receiving samples of Diego and Luiza’s cacao, visited Bahia. Enthralled, Federick endeavoured on the pair’s project, which soon became AMMA Chocolate – one of the largest manufacturers of homemade chocolate in Brazil.
This nib-studded chocolate is intensely crunchy, with flavours of tart cherries and with a floral aftertaste.