"Fair trade Australian chocolate is a very different story. Quality chocolate is becoming like coffee. People really want to taste origin chocolate now. So we see great future in cocoa". These are the words of Don Murday Chairmain of the Australian Cane Farmers Association and Director of Mossman Central Mill.
On the 11th November 2011, I first contacted Daintree Estates Chocolate and there for I have to thank a friend of me who was going to visiting Australia, Dirk Hoorelbeke.
First mail to Daintree Estate :
...Yes, Dirk has made some inquiries with me about our products and we have been discussing what and how he can possibly take something back with him from Australia. Our chocolate has a very fruity style flavour. Here is one blog write-up: http://www.chocablog.com/features/daintree-estates-australian-cocoa/ Another chocolate maker in Australia described our dark chocolate as "a unique pineapple flavour note accompanied by hints of liquorice layered on intense chocolate"
Daintree is a national park in Far North Queensland, Australia, 1,502 km (933 mi) northwest of Brisbane and 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Cairns. It was founded in 1981 and is part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland. In 1988 it was granted listing as a World Heritage List. The park consists of two sections, with a settled agricultural area between them which includes the towns of Mossman and Daintree Village.
Forged from volcanic eruptions, wildfires, cyclones and climatic upheavals, the Daintree is the
oldest rainforest in the world. Its rich, ancient soils have formed over 135 million years.
The Daintree area is slightly smaller than Sulawesi, the largest cocoa-growing region in Indonesia which has about 400,000 small farms. It shares similar hot and humid growing conditions, with tropical monsoon rains that help cocoa trees thrive.In other words, the Daintree is the perfect place for the new breed of cocoa bean, and an exciting new locally-operated food industry for Australia.
It’s also convenient that Mango Park is situated on the road to our region’s most famous natural asset; the magnificent Mossman Gorge. More than 800,000 people a year go right past the Mango Park gate to see it. So this is the ideal place for the Daintree Estates Interpretive Centre which will be built in the next few years.
...Dirk has arranged to get some of our chocolate, but he wants to keep it a surprise what he is getting J So you’ll be getting some samples upon his return from Australia.
We are not in a position to supply much overseas at this point in time, but since Dirk and yourself have been so nice and shown such an active interest in our new Australian grown couverture, I would be happy to supply more to you in small batches if you find it has the good quality and desirable properties you need to support your own magnificent work...
Good for me to have another friend who was going to be in Australia for some time at this period (Brian), so he would take a box of bonbons as gift for Tim Davies.
His reaction just followed soon after he collect from Brian:
...Wow – today I received the chocolates you sent! Thank you so much – they are just magnificent. I’ve only tasted a few so far...
I received the Daintree chocolate bars and couverture on 24th of December,